In a word, yes. Let’s start with what all human beings – indeed, all living organisms – have in common. We’re all individuals. Our bodies are bounded, so we can distinguish inside from outside, me from you. We’re also all sensate to one degree or another. We can ascertain if something is bothering us and whether that stimulus is coming from inside or outside. This is what we mean by sensitivity. Now, consider how sensitivity is dictated by feelings: “this feels good, that feels bad, this other thing feels sort of in-between, this other thing feels completely different, hmm, what is that?” Feelings are so fundamental to who are as individuals.
The closer we look at conditions like autism, synesthesia, savantism, child prodigies, children who remember past lives, and so many other conditions and states – the more we realize that the people affected are very different from the run-of-the-mill person. And consider that word I just used, affected. Affect means feeling. These types of people are affected differently by feelings. I mean the biology and physiology of feelings, the genetics and how they’re triggered. The flow of feeling, the melody, works differently in them – which is characteristic of the given state or condition.
It’s simply fascinating, and the door is open to learn much more about all these ‘different’ kinds of people…how they become that way, and how they perceive and experience life.