Wearing your heart on your sleeve means that everyone can read your emotions, no matter how hard you try to hide them. You feel everything deeply, and can get hurt easily by others who disregard your emotions. You’re probably quite a complex person with a very giving, empathic nature, yet have been trampled and betrayed by those you love in the past.
You have been hurt many times, but you don’t let this stop you from opening your heart and letting others in again. It might take you some time recover each time someone hurts you, but you continue to wear your heart on your sleeve in the hopes that someone out there will hold it with care and not break it.
If this sounds like you, then you’ll likely relate to the struggles that people who feel everything too deeply must deal with in daily life.
Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? Then you know these struggles all too well:
1. You cry too easily and get your hopes up too quickly.
It’s a double-edged sword, really, because you hate crying at the drop of a hat about the smallest things, but you also hate getting excited about something only to be let down. You would think being excited would be better than crying, but it isn’t if the excitement fades due to disappointment.
2. People are often taken aback by your strong opinions.
However, you can’t help but express how you feel, and you don’t always think twice before you say something. In fact, you rarely do, but this certainly livens up a conversation!
3. You feel drained by having so many emotions at once.
Because you feel everything so deeply, you don’t have much of an emotional skin. When you’re angry, you’re livid. When you’re happy, you’re ecstatic. When you’re sad, you’re distraught, and so on and so forth. You don’t know what balanced emotions feel like most of the time.
4. When someone breaks your heart, it feels like a knife going through it.
You fall in love easily and give your heart away quickly, so when someone abuses the privilege of having your heart, you feel like dying. It hurts when someone rejects you, and it makes you want to give up on love.
5. You either love something or you hate it.
There’s really no gray area with you; everything is black and white. You are obsessed with something (or someone) or you don’t want to touch it (or them) with a ten-foot pole.
6. You have an impulsive nature.
You wear your heart on your sleeve, which means your emotions come deeply and quickly, leading to possible last-minute decisions based on your feelings. You allow your heart to guide you through life, which means you don’t think much about your choices – you just allow life to happen and respond to it.
7. You’re not good at pretending.
This is a good thing, but in the fake world we live in, a lot of the social standards we’re expected to follow just won’t come easily to you. If you don’t like a job, everyone will know it. If something annoys you about society, you won’t be able to just pretend to be okay with it.
8. You can become guarded after being hurt too many times.
Though you don’t want to give up on humanity, staying open to people just gets hard after they let you down so much.
9. Other people call you “too sensitive” and tell you to “get over it.”
They just don’t know what it’s like to be you. You feel so much all the time that it can be quite overwhelming, but other people just think you’re being overdramatic. Being overly sensitive might get you hurt, but you can’t change your innate qualities. You might find yourself retreating from people much of the time just so you don’t have to deal with their judgement.
10. Other people can take advantage of you easier.
Because you have a generous nature and connect to others through emotions, other people can take advantage of your kindness.
11. You tend to attract energy vampires.
Energy vampires get their energy from kind, loving, positive people who feel sorry for others easily. Therefore, they’ll try to cozy up to you because they know you will give them the time of day and really get to know them and their story.
12. People can see right through you.
Though you may try to hide your emotions, people know how you really feel because it’s written all over your face.
13. You get annoyed when others don’t share your emotions.
Because you feel everything so strongly, you have a hard time understanding when others don’t feel the same way. You like it when others can relate to how you feel so you have someone to share it with.
14. You tend to move quickly in relationships.
On the plus side, this means that people who don’t have good intentions with you will be found out more quickly. However, this can sabotage otherwise healthy relationships by not allowing it to unfold at its own pace.
15. You need a lot of alone time to recharge.
Those who feel deep emotions, or empaths, need ample alone time to deal with how they feel. The world overwhelms you, so you need plenty of solitude to work through your feelings on your own time.