Yes, I was a sensitive child. I still refuse to watch those types of tv shows because they are emotionally painful to me, and I just dont need anything additional to promote my ability to 'feel'. Many people, however, are cut off from their emotions and need the outward stimulation of fear, excitement, pain or whatever just to react. I would agree with Captiva's mother's doctor - a sensitive child should not have to watch shows that are designed to address the emotionally desensitized viewer that most people have become today. She doesnt need her emotions sensitized by that degree of stimulation. Being 'sensitive' usually refers to someone who is exceptionally emotionally responsive. It can be a liability in our emotionally desensitized world - or it can be an asset.
I often have tears in my eyes. Walking down the street and seeing something moving - a old couple walking hand in hand, a child playing with a puppy, a mother singing to her little child - all of these can bring tears because it is so easy to enter into the emotion of the moment. I cry all the time watching tv - and not only at the sad bits but also at the happy endings, the poignant confessions, the angry words, the quiet repose or even the humourous 'relief'. It has nothing to do with feeling any particular emotion, but has everything to do with just 'feeling'. I suspect you and Captiva are probably somewhat empathic as well - you pick up on other people's feelings very easily and sometimes even 'wear' those feelings, having no idea at all why you are feeling a certain way:-). It tends to come with the 'territory':-).
I tried to deny this side of myself for many years - it is not especially effective to start crying in a meeting because you feel so passionately about a certain issue (hehehe) - but discovered that when I did I became passive-aggressive. I would 'hold' in and deny my emotional responses and present the 'expected' demeanor until it all exploded out of me - and I had no control of the when or the how - I would be just as surprised by the intensity of the explosion as everyone else - and I couldn't do a thing to stop it.
Instead of trying to deny it, I looked instead to see if my super sensitivity provided me with any advantages and discovered that many of my strengths and abilities have their roots in that same emotional sensitivity. Instead of denying it, I found instead ways to channel it. I don't apologize anymore if I start to cry in pubic - (I am terrible at weddings!) and if anyone else has a problem with it, I recognize that it is their problem, smile at them (through my tears, heheh) and if necessary try to find a creative way to help them feel less uncomfortable. Our society is so focused on 'thinking and doing' that emotions are often viewed as something weak and demeaning. I believe, however, that most people are uncomfortable with other people's emotions because they are often uncomfortable or afraid of their own emotions. They are 'afraid' and thus, sensitive children are viewed as being somewhat dangerous, flawed or unstable. Society decides that they 'feel too much' rather than look at the opposite view - that 'society feels too little'.
Since I 'accepted' myself as I am -emotional sensitivies and all - I find myself a much happier, peaceful and emotionally balanced individual. The secret isn't in avoiding or controlling my sensitivityes but rather directing them into proper channels. Like a mighty river, emotional sensitivity - when damed - will eventually overflow with devastating results; when let flow into pre-determined channels they become an incredibly powerful resource.