Sensitivity and coping with disfigurement

Discusses the mental and emotional issues that accompany the loss of sight, and coping with the mental and emotional aspects of eye loss.
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Sensitivity and coping with disfigurement

Unread post by Hennie » Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:06 pm

It is interesting how different individuals cope with eye loss and disfigurement. Facial differences can be especially difficult since they cannot be hidden from view.
The eyes communicate with others. Through the eyes trust is established. When those we meet uncomfortably avert eye contact or look past us, it is painful. Not everyone with eye loss has prosthetic movement or dark colored eyes to hide the pupil response to light.
There are the initial assumptions made by others, based on superficial appearance, that someone with "odd" eyes is intellectually deficient or psychologically flawed. No doubt many of us worked extra hard to be high achievers as a result of our loss. Eye loss can difficult for anyone, but for those with the inborn traits of high sensitivity, it can be absolutely devastating, since emotions are felt on a deeper level.

On this site there is an online sensitivity test by psychologist Elaine Aron who wrote the books, "The Highly Sensitive Person" and "The Highly Sensitive Child."

Heart to Heart,

Valorie E
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Unread post by Valorie E » Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:14 am


You are very articulate. I understand completely everything you are saying and feeling in this post. I have tried for three years to state it so well and have never come close. You hit the nail on the head.


Unread post by care4k9 » Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:58 am


Thanks for sharing your story and the web site. I agree with Valorie about your articulate message. You do write with great passion. Thanks for sharing your gift.


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