Sensitive souls: How to support others in difficult times

Liesel Teversham

Liesel helps HSP introverts to embrace their sensitivity as a superpower, and overcome obstacles so they can thrive. She also works with clients to solve their health issues, and has authored 2 books. More here.

Published on 2021/06/24

If you’re a sensitive introvert and care deeply about others, you might want to make a difference and leave the world a better place.

Being an “activist” is often not where sensitive souls do their best work…yet they might feel guilty if they don’t try to do something about an unjust situation.

During the height of the pandemic, many ‘battles were fought on the streets of London, New York, and other big cities around the world. The #metoo movement, #BlackLivesMatter, and other big demonstrations come to mind.

When I watched those, I felt guilty and inadequate. I want to make a difference in the world…. because I care about people being treated in respectful and loving, kind ways. Yet I totally know that I don’t function well in crowds, where there is angry, hostile energy, or where I need to make my voice heard. That’s not where anyone will get the best out of me.

I asked my dear friend, colleague, and strengths mentor, Dries Lombaard, to help sensitive souls find their “Right place” during the current (2020) big challenges. It makes so much more sense to support others from our strengths, rather than dipping into qualities that are hard for us to access and can make us anxious. 

To set the scene, I first asked Dries a few questions about CliftonStrengths in general. Then followed the more specific question about how sensitive, caring people can make the biggest difference in an easy, authentic way that will be gentle on their nervous system.

Here are some of the questions I asked:

1. What are CliftonStrengths?

2. What does it do for us to know about our strengths and even weaknesses?

3. How can sensitive people best apply their strengths during difficult times?

This was one of the most inspiring and validating conversations I’ve ever had. If you’re a sensitive soul, please listen to this. There is gold here. I’ve had people call me in tears after listening because they felt so validated, heard, understood and valued. 

Listen here:

Find Dries and his Strengths Training here:


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