Athletic challenges

Autoimmune diseases

Being hungry

Being ill

Being inside too much

Being too cold or too hot

Bright lights

Busy traffic


Car/truck fumes

Chapped lips

Chronic pain

Cigarette smoke or other pungent smells

Clothing (sensitivity to fabrics)

Deep or light touch

Digestive disturbances or imbalances

Eating sounds

Eating sugar/candy

Equilibrioception (feeling “off balance”)

Extreme weather conditions and excessive howling winds

Eyesight (forgot glasses/eyes not tested/print not clear/sitting too far away)

Fluorescent lighting, lack of natural light

Food intolerance/sensitivities

Gastrointestinal issues

Hard chairs

Having cold hands and feet in winter

Having to be too still

Having to sit too long in meetings

Hearing difficulty

Hormonal changes

Humming of power lines

Humming sounds from lights

Inadequate sleep



Insufficient solitude and quiet

Lack of something such as food

Listening and feeling of my heart rate

Loud voices

Marathon training

Measuring for high blood pressure

Menstrual cycles

Non-restorative sleep or sleep disturbed

Over Indulging

Proximity (too close)

Screen Time

Smells (chemicals on floor or in bathrooms/perfumes/food)

Sore teeth (cavities)

Speech impediment


Too many things hanging in a classroom

Tooth pain


Video Games

A sick parent


Anxious about parental disagreements

Being in any kind of deep relationship and experiencing the strong emotions involved, positive and negative

Being kicked out of class

Being uncomfortable around so many other people

Board members or staff reneging on promises and responsibilities

Change in routines

Children fighting

Comparing self to others










Emotional lability

Family member is ill

Fear of another’s reactions

Fear of punishment/consequences

Fear of things like heights

Fear when trying something new

Feeling “off”

Feeling hurt

Feeling pain

Feeling responsible for other people

Feeling unwelcome

Foster care




Intense surprises

Leaving parents to go into school



Negative Conversations


Not Feeling Safe



Preholiday (i.e. Christmas) build-up

Public speaking

Strong emotional expressions

Worrying about elderly parents that live with you

4-way stops

Ability to organize thoughts

Being last to grasp new concepts

Being put on the spot

Being uninterested in topic

Cognitive dissonance

Competing demands of work, school, elderly parents, kids



Constant new learning e.g. report cards


Difficult tasks that are not age appropriate

Forgetting shopping list

Having a to-do list in my head, not written down

History/Past experience

Information overload

Information presented too quickly or too slowly

Lack of intellectual stimulation

Learning a new language

Learning something new

Making decisions

Memory lapses


New information that doesn’t fit in to what you currently “know”

New to country and attending a school where learning is presented in an unfamiliar language

Not being able to read the book that has been assigned

Not being able to use a calculator to figure out math problems


Pattern recognition

Poor working memory

Prioritizing tasks

Reading challenges

Remembering Information

School improvement

Second language

Slow processing in a speedy world

Struggling to connect letter sounds and symbols

Thinking, concentrating, and working on a new problem

Time pressures

Too many interruptions

Too much inferring vs clearly stating expectations

Triple looping

Trouble recognizing patterns and symbols

Unable to track along with the written words on a page


Visual problems

When everyone else gets the joke but you

Adjusting to new norm of retirement

Attending birthday parties

Being a quiet person in a loud world

Being bossed around or dominated by another

Being bullied

Being gossiped about

Being in a social setting alone

Being left out of a group/rejected

Being victim of bullying

Big groups


Confusing social situations

Constant social input when I have an urge to be alone


Defensive reaction in self when I disagree with what someone is saying

Disagreements with your partner

Eating slowly in a fast-eating world

Engaging in small talk and not really connecting at a meaningful level


Fake social niceties between people

Feeling excluded

Feeling like you have nothing to talk about in a group

Feeling the energy rise and fall as people are together

Feeling you have to socialize with a group of people you don’t know

Fitting in to different cultural norms

Getting a turn in conversations

Going to an event not knowing anyone


Hypersensitivity to Social Signals

Informing someone their chosen fragrance is a scent in a scent-free environment

Intense one on one interaction

Interpersonal conflicts

Interpreting the impact of what we are saying on someone else


Joining a table of strangers and having to introduce yourself

Keeping calm and looking beyond the words a person is saying to see their red brain in action

Lack of friends

Lack of Human Interaction

Lack of social engagement

Large family gatherings

Large groups

Learning the norms of a new group

Meeting someone new

Meetings where people engage in side bar conversations

Moving crowds

Not being understood by friends or acquaintances

Not having anyone to play with at recess

Obvious socially inappropriate comments

Over focus on detecting the social signals

Peer pressure with friends, or not so good friends

Presenting a good first impression when meeting someone new

Public speaking

Putting on a social face when you are feeling a little too tired to entertain

Small talk at social events e.g. birthday parties, holiday events, showers, etc.

Two or more people talking at the same time

Walking in to a social or professional function alone and not seeing anyone you recognise or know

‘Ignoring’ panhandler while waiting in left turn lane

A sick child


Being distracted by the powerful feeling of being able to “see” the communication flowing between people

Being exploited by people, organisations and/or politicians

Being influenced by stereotypes, knowing you are influenced and not knowing how to deal with it

Being late

Compromising your needs to help out another person

Dealing with others’ strong emotions

Difficulty reading others’ cues

Empathy, Sympathy

Expectations of others

Feeling limbic resonance and not knowing that’s what the feeling is

Feeling the stress of your own children and other family members, especially in the midst of a dysregulated moment

Feeling unprepared

Giving a gift


Having a huge circle of friends and colleagues many of whom seem to be having a crisis

Helping someone through their distress


Interacting with individuals or groups that don’t really ‘get you’ or even care to know or are quick to assume

Internet dating

Lack of empathy due to compassion fatigue

Lack of gathering places

Limbic reactions of others

Mind reading resulting in trying to please everyone or feeling overwhelmed

Moral dilemmas

My children’s distress, and not being able to solve their problems for them

New neighbourhood

Other people’s discomfort

Putting needs of others before your own

Selflessness-need some self-care for own health


Watching the news

When your partner is stressed

Working in the helping professions and feeling all the feels of clients we support