Women are typically thought of as more sensitive than men. That's a good thing. It means that you can easily attune to another's emotions and intuitively pick up on important things. Often, however, women accuse each other of being too sensitive in order to incriminate each other. Instead of apologizing for hurting each other, they pull the "sensitivity card," thereby discrediting each other's emotions. For this reason, it's easy to feel insecure about your emotions.
Heller told me, "Emotionally perceptive women are vulnerable to being characterized as 'delicate,' even unstable. To hear from a female friend or colleague that you are 'so sensitive' can cause one to misconstrue their intuitive capabilities as a sign of weakness." Instead of taking a statement about your sensitivity to heart, celebrate your sensitivity and see this statement for what it is — a way for the other woman to avoid taking responsibility for her own emotions and actions.
Kimberly Hershenson, New York based therapist, added, "This statement invalidates one's emotions and makes another woman feel they are wrong or there is something wrong with them for feeling the way they do." She added that all emotions are valid, and it's unhelpful to make another woman feel like her sensitivity is a problem. If another woman tries to pass your very real emotions off as sensitivity, let her know that while she is entitled to her opinion, you are entitled to your feelings as well.