The combination of "The good, big heart" and "The fix-it gene" often leads many highly sensitive individuals to struggle in their daily lives, especially when it comes to relationships.
I observe common traits among highly sensitive individuals. They often work with people and/or act as caregivers in their family and network. It becomes draining when many people try to feed off their positive energy.
As a highly sensitive person, you are strongly wired to give. However, many in your situation are not attentive enough to put on their own oxygen mask first, even though they know they should.
Putting on the mask is challenging:
To do so, you need to sometimes say no to others. This goes against your instincts to help and be there for others. Therefore, saying no and setting boundaries may feel difficult-wrong-forbidden-impossible.
But without oxygen, you cannot continue to be there for others.