Sensitivity is “carefully using my senses so I can better respond to the people and situations in my life”
Sensitivity comes from the Latin word sentio, meaning “to sense; to perceive,” as in a sense of touch.
In the human body, the five senses are used to help us stay aware of our surroundings; enjoy things like food, flowers, and sunsets; and alert us to danger. Our senses help us survive. When a nerve senses pain, it sends an urgent signal to the brain so that the body can respond quickly and appropriately. A sensitive person also uses the five senses to learn about the people and situations around them in order to have a helpful and kind response.
- Listen carefully to others.
- Watch their body language.
- Notice their tone of voice.
- Put myself in others' shoes.
- Show that I care.
What does being insensitive to other people look like?
Can you think of ways that you can be sensitive to the feelings of your friends? Family? Fellow students?
How do you think showing sensitivity is beneficial to you as a student? A person?
How will practicing sensitivity at school help you show sensitivity to others for the rest of your life?
(Permission granted to reproduce this lesson for educational use. Credit: CharacterFirstEd.com)