Celebrating meeting a deadline met or coping with managerial tactics arouses feelings. Sensations become acute in these and numerous other performance moments. What is heard and seen are most discussed but there is also smell, tactile, exertion, instinct, and taste sensations.

The exertion of heavy feet walking through an office or facial hair petting are two sensory tactics that calm the nervous system. The comfort of a soft-foam, fabric covered chair to sit in verses a firm, swivel seat may improve one’s ability to focus on research work. Alternatively, the motion of rocking and swiveling may distribute sensations for reducing anger while in an emotional overhaul. Salty or sweet tastes often and unknowingly provide hormone or body chemistry support.

All these pleasure-seeking sensations are coping strategies for managing feelings that directly effect the nervous system. Each response must not be too quickly classified as destructive or unhealthy if the central nervous system had the ability to speak with words. Sensory patterns may change with specific roles. One role may trigger the central nervous system to persuade sensory avoidance behaviors while being in a different role may trigger sensory seeking.

Magna-sensitive individuals are sensory-seekers. Characteristics include repetitiveness, cravings, pressured touch (e.g. tight-fitting clothing), heavy muscle activity (i.e. deep pressure walking or pressing of writing utensils), mouthing (e.g. lip or tongue obsessiveness), sucking, biting, jaw clenching, and a self-abusive nature.

Hyposensitivity characteristics in individuals appear as muted or delayed responses. They often lean on furniture or don’t respond to their name immediately. There is an appearance of disinterest or self-absorbance.

Hypersensitivity characteristics are exaggerated with avoidance to typical sensory experiences. Rigid routines, self-talk, or behaviors that appear as unpleasant including biting nails or binging food are common.

Tread lightly when identifying these sensory behaviors. Feelings of shame defies what the body is naturally seeking to cope. Destructive or unhealthy behaviors may be changed over time by replacing it with a non-destructive and healthy behavior that similarly meets the central nervous systems need to calm.

Attention to sensitivities for action planning may improve performance, health and well being. Coping mechanisms guide us through minor to extreme life changes. Spending habits, conflict within work environments and the type of relationships we engage in mirror how we cope with sensitivities. Schedule performance and design coaching to overcome destructive behaviors to achieving best performance.

Change is difficult, yet knowing we all have a sensory-self – mangasensitive, hypersensitive, and hypersensitivities softens life’s adversity with life-supporting behaviors.

GIG Design | Emotional Lifestyle

DESIGN^sensory craving | little stimulation for better rest with consideration to achieve your best self if with an insatiable drive for enhanced sensory experiences

DESIGN^interceptive | walk a labyrinth to overcome negative, avoidant, aversive, or defensive behaviors from discriminative or evaluative sensitivities

DESIGN^joint and muscle | ping pong movements reduce negative, avoidant, aversive, or defensive behaviors through joint compression and muscle traction sensitivities

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