The blog of Michael Jawer explores how emotion shapes extraordinary sensitivity.

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  • Death—and its close relative, trauma—may trigger perceptions that subvert the normal bounds of space and time. The fascinating evidence merits serious investigation. ...
  • A life-threatening emergency can, in some cases, produce a veritable distress signal that communicates what is being experienced, physiologically and/or emotionally. ...
  • Some dreams can serve as a virtual x-ray, indicating what’s happening in the body. The process illustrates how life-threatening trauma may generate its own distress signals. ...
  • It’s possible that searing trauma – experienced by humans or other creatures similarly endowed – produces effects that are simultaneously physical, emotional, and spiritual. ...
  • The deeply felt nature of people-pet relations often manifests in anomalous reports. This may reflect the way other animals apprehend feelings and their emotional bond with people. ...
  • Beyond the five senses we humans know, some of the sensory capacities more prominent in other creatures may be intimately connected with health, danger, and emotion generally. ...
  • A person who is highly sensitive to her or his feelings—and to others’ feelings—is likely to be extra sensitive to her or his environment. ...
  • Many creatures are known to become agitated before natural disasters. Emotional information – warnings – may be what they’re able to derive through infrasound or other means. ...
  • Elephants are able to detect and use infrasound, which radiates below the threshold of human hearing. Infrasound can travel vast distances unimpeded by land, air, or water. ...
  • Orcas have a unique ability to ‘transmit’ a sense of who they are—and ‘probe’ the people they’re with. ...
  • Dolphins and killer whales possess a seeming capability to read minds that human beings neither possess nor suspect. ...
  • When elephants encounter their dead, they become quiet and tense.They also become agitated at the imminent death of a fellow. These behaviors are suggestive of mourning and grief. ...

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