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extremely sensitive child

Postby ~Care~ on Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:19 am

When someone is around my son and they are laughing he constantly thinks they are laughing at him. When he says something thats funny and people laugh he thinks that they are "laughing at him" not at the thing that was said. I've tried explaining to him that he's just overthinking things but how would you approach this? I'm open to any suggestions.
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Re: extremely sensitive child

Postby Celery on Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:03 pm

It depends - it looks like he's six? (In your signature ticker thingy)

What exactly does he mean by "laughing at him"? Does he express sadness or become withdrawn or something when this is happening? Does it upset him somehow?

If so, I would try the angle of reversing the situation. When YOU say something funny and your son laughs, you could use that teachable moment and notice how he's laughing at the funny thing you said and talk about what he's laughing at. It's not YOU I assume, it's what you are doing or saying.

I don't know if this might be helpful or not. My little one isn't quite 4 yet so I personally haven't encountered this - but it seems like talking about it and figuring out exactly WHAT about this is bothering him, you could help him work through his thoughts and feelings around it?
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Re: extremely sensitive child

Postby ashmel on Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:41 pm

I remember feeling embarrassed when I was very young when I would say something that to me was in earnest, but all the adults thought it was funny. I wanted to be taken seriously. I felt they were laughing down at me (like talking down to me)
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