Re: Why do I startle so easy?
Hey DnutDman... I can relate!
I can hear a plate drop in a restaurant, and let out a full scream over it. I startle very easily, and am also very sensitive to TV, movies, and other perceived violence.
I look at it as just a part of me, which makes up my own very unique personality. I am also an artist, writer, and have quite a delicate balance, which I need to be the person I am.
I have embarrassed myself a million different ways over the years. My response is to laugh at myself after these outbursts, which puts everyone at ease. Everyone can relate to someone being startled, as it happens to all of us at one time or another.
My family does find it humorous, which it can be...but is careful not to purposely scare me, as I do have a serious medical history of heart attack, hypertension, and stroke. I would hope those close to you would be thoughtful, and learn not to startle you. For strangers, or customers at your work, I would simply focus on being more aware of your surroundings, to avoid that feeling of being snuck up on...
I have found myself to be someone who can easily fall into my own thoughts, leaving me less aware of what is going on around me. When I go off into my own world, I am very open to become startled...so I try to do that when I am alone, or safe from sudden scares.
You are not alone, and I think your question is one that a lot of us will find easy to understand. Best wishes!