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Have you encountered any over-sensitive or over-emotional family members, friends, classmates or colleagues? How do you manage or handle them? Do you adjust your communication style, or do you find yourself telling the person "Don't be so sensitive"?

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I just try to settle them down by making them aware that it is not as big a deal as it needs to be. Often, I'll have a friend over for coffee and cakes/cheese platter and wine, and try to break the problem down into little stages and work our way up towards solving it. I'll often try to be sympathetic towards them because it is important to make them aware that you know it's causing them anguish.
This sounds like a great plan; thank you for the suggestion.
I think it it is really important to understand whether the person's responses are over the top or they are being over sensitive it is very real for them. Telling them not to feel that way isn't going to help because the fact is they do feel that way.
That doesn't mean that you need to get sucked into the drama of the situation. You just need to be calm, consistent and not take on the responsibility for their emotional response. By validating their feelings you can create calm and then the opportunity to present your perspective.
A wise person once told me there are three sides to a situation, YOUR side, MY side and the TRUTH. Remember perspective is subjective.
"Telling them not to feel that way isn't going to help because the fact is they do feel that way." --> Yes, very true indeed, and I'll keep in mind the three-side perspective for future use :)
I definitely adjust my approach and try to be more gentle with them and more considerate of their feelings. I don't think being too sensitive is the worst flaw there is, so I guess I'd be patient. If I felt they were over reacting I'd try to calm them down and explain matters from a rounded point of view. I'd rather deal with someone who is too sensitive than someone who is insensitive. Often people find it hard to truly change their character traits so rather than make them feel bad I'd try to help them see the bigger picture and keep them calm and settled.
This is the making of a great friend/parent/person! :)
with TLC,with kids gloves, treat like small kids, just sweet & yes & positive talk.
Shane
Emotional people will stay emotional and be proud for who they are.What's there to manage anyway? An expression of emotions makes us who we are.So if there is a sobbing person or an overly emotional individual chances are they are hurt and upset.More than managing I think they need a shoulder.
I've come across people who are on the other side of the spectrum too, i.e. people who tend to make others feel that emotions are 'bad'... Hence I was wondering whether any responses would offer the other side of the story and how they might deal with situations that they deem too sensitive or too emotional than what they've encountered.
This is a tough one. It's never easy - especially if you care about them.

Sometimes it's as simple as making a cup of tea. Tea often helps, my mother always said.
I am one of those who is overly sensitive and emotional. And for some of us it is not just a matter of being self involved or having the ability to choose differently. Whilst not a full blown psychic, I have the ability to sense what others around me are feeling and I am not always able to distinguish between my own emotions and that of others. Cities FREAK ME OUT.. because I am being bombarded with feelings that aren't mine. It is why I spend most of my time alone or in the company of nature.
Oh wow, this is quite interesting. I've had the ability to sense what others can feel, if that feeling is quite strong, but I've never had to deal with the city example that you gave. Hugs.
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