There is an element to being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) that some may not think much about. This topic is more born from one of those conversations that come up when you get a group of empaths together, and they begin discussing the things that set them apart from the rest of the world.
Amongst those discussions is the innate aversion to scary movies and other things that may elicit the “fight or flight” response many of us dread and try to keep at bay.
When stated that way, it makes sense. But, to an empath living day in and day out, just trying to fit in with the rest of the world, it can be tough to be the only one out of your group of family or friends that doesn’t want to participate in scary movie nights, video games, or going to haunted houses.
Just know that you are not alone. Some empaths can feel confused when this happens to them because it may come on as a surprise, and sometimes it can be frustrating and even embarrassing. But my light-bearing friends, it’s nothing to be ashamed of… at all.
Having negative feelings toward negative things is natural and correct in every sense!
A certain level of desensitization comes with watching horror films, playing violent video games, and participating in frightening activities like going to haunted houses that you may or may not want.
While some may be able to avoid soaking in the negative energies that come along with these activities, others can’t, and that’s okay—to be expected even.
For some, this distaste may vary and depend on whether or not you’ve had an emotional day. Some can watch all but certain parts of movies where they will likely want to look away. For others, the aversion may surround blood, violence, or gore, while the next can’t stand hopelessness and immoral behavior.
Further, some empaths’ reactions to these types of things can range from a “knotted gut” feeling to night terrors and an overall drop in vibration. Some would rather avoid participating in something that makes them feel negative all together. In contrast, others would rather work toward not allowing themselves to be affected so severely by such things.
One is no better than the other. However, if you find yourself in a bit of a panic while watching scary stuff on T.V., playing video games, or going to haunted houses, consider what that really does to your mind, body, and soul.
But if you’ve weighed it out and still want to watch scary movies even though you may be more sensitive to them. In that case, you may want to watch something more upbeat afterward to lift your spirits and not have so much residual negative energy.
Or try laughing with friends at a local ice cream shop to bring the mood back to a positive place after visiting a haunted house. Regardless it is wise to remain aware of both the energy you absorb and the energy you allow to dwell within your being.