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Deeply feeling kids: Signs and strategies to empower a DFK

May 30, 2024
Experts share how to spot a deeply sensitive kid (DFK) and provide tips and advice to help them thrive.

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If you follow the wildly popular clinical psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy — a.k.a. “Dr. Becky” — you’ve likely heard her talk about “deeply feeling kids,” or DFKs for short. While being a deeply feeling human is not a new concept, Dr. Becky has significantly contributed to raising awareness and normalizing the realities of life with DFKs.

Deeply feeling kids tend to have “larger than expected emotional reactions,” whether they’re expressing happiness, sadness, fear or anger, explains Becca Wallace, a pediatric psychologist with Children’s Hospital New Orleans.

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