Finding your sorbet…

“You should try to find your sorbet”, my therapist said to me with a serious look as I had answered all the questions in the questionnaire.

“My sorbet?” I ask surprised. I knew the word ‘sorbet’, but I had never heard anyone use it in English. Frozen fruit pulp seemed somewhat odd in this context. I could not hide the confusion in my facial expression.

“Are you familiar with fine dining”, he continued. “Those menus often have seven or eight courses. Somewhere in the middle, they generally serve a small course – often a sorbet – to cleanse the palate and prepare your senses for the next part of the dining experience. What you need is a palate cleanser.”

So I should eat sorbets because my brain feels frazzled, what is this guy on about?

“You are a highly sensitive person. Your brain is more sensitive to emotional and social stimuli, and the highly sensitive brain processes them differently. This may explain why you often feel overwhelmed and anxious,” he said, whilst writing down a title on a piece of paper.*

“Finding the brain’s equivalent to a sorbet may be a good step towards feeling more in control and less overwhelmed.”


*The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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