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Unapologetically Sensitive

We explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives; the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity--and some of the challenges it poses as well. You may learn to live a bolder, brighter life.

Aug 29, 2023

Expressing Feelings When Systems Fail and Frustrate Us

I had a meltdown after reaching my frustration limit. Jen & I discuss how to discharge frustration, while navigating inefficient systems. What prevents us from speaking up, and our concern about how we are perceived. How to advocate for yourself, and get support from others, especially when you’re dysregulated. How do you stay grounded and focused on getting your needs met when things are breaking down? We also discuss how much healing we’ve done in our friendship, and how setting boundaries builds trust.


Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC


  1. Allowing oneself and others to fully experience and express emotions without judgment or shame has benefits.
  2. Brene Brown's video on blaming offers insight into why people sometimes blame others instead of expressing emotions.
  3. Discharging emotions in a healthy way, such as through howling or other outlets, can release pent-up energy.
  4. Connection in relationships is prioritized over calmness, and supporting others' emotions is important.
  5. Advocating for personal needs and setting boundaries is crucial in medical settings.
  6. Seeking support from trusted friends or a support system when overwhelmed is valuable.
  7. Expressing emotions responsibly can lead to less distress and better emotional well-being.
  8. Suppressing emotions can result in anxiety, depression, or chronic stress.
  9. Patricia reflects on her upbringing where emotions were often suppressed, while Jen encourages her children to express their feelings.
  10. Navigating frustrations and meltdowns can teach resilience, patience, and personal growth.


Patricia was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, but is now exclusively providing coaching. She knows what it’s like to feel like an outcast, misfit, and truthteller.  Learning about the trait of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), then learning she is neurodivergent helped Patricia rewrite her history with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and a sense of self-compassion.  She created the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive to help other neurodivergent folks know that they aren’t alone, and that having a brain that is wired differently comes with amazing gifts, and some challenges.  Patricia works online globally working individually with people, and she teaches Online Courses for HSPs that focus on understanding what it means to be an HSP, self-care, self-compassion, boundaries, perfectionism, mindfulness, communication, and creating a lifestyle that honors you


Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC has been a psychotherapist for 20 years. She specializes in helping Highly Sensitive People thrive in love, work, and parenting Highly Sensitive Children. Jen is passionate about using mindfulness and compassion-based approaches to ameliorate human suffering.


Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab

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