Been called overly-sensitive most of my life...cannot watch violent movies. Can walk into a room and be attuned to feeling and emotions.

I do have to guard against people overwhelming me with their problems. Once told I was better than a shrink for my listening skills (definitely cheaper!).

I ended that "friendship when I found myself exhausted and somewhat depressed after yet another session with her. Complaining about the same thing over and over again is counter-productive.

But being sensitive also helps my writing. I "notice" details and dialogue. And I dig dogs and they dig me...will often come to me and owners tell me they usually don't cotton to strangers at all...