Generally speaking sensitives are people who can absorb the local atmosphere wherever they may be. Unless specifically trained these people are, as a general rule, quite defenseless against psychic attack or even against strong undirected emotion in their vicinity. They may find themselves helplessly absorbing and reproducing strong emotions situation after situation. All this can lead to a pretty miserable life, and true sensitives tend to die younger than the average person, probably from a form of emotional exhaustion. However, there are methods of psychic ‘shielding’ which can be taught.