8 Signs You’Re A Highly Sensitive Person (Hsp)

8 Signs You’Re A Highly Sensitive Person (Hsp)

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Susan Cain’s book, “Quiet” was a catalyst for the introvert movement that helps bring awareness towards personality types with a greater need for solitude and less stimulating environments. With 1/3 to half the world’s population made up of introverts, it’s great that we finally began to acknowledge and talk about the unique set of traits and tendencies. Along with introversion, sensitivity has also made the headlines and been widely discussed. The personality trait was first researched by Dr.

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Elaine and Aaron in 1991. All of her important findings have been published in various articles and in her book, “The Highly Sensitive Person”. Although it’s a trait being acknowledged more, Aaron states that sensitive people are still often considered the minority of the population. She emphasizes that culture plays a large role towards how sensitivity is valued. Aaron writes: In culture where it is not valued, HSPs tend to have low self esteem.

They’re told don’t be so sensitive. So that they feel abnormal. We want to raise this issue and help promote more acceptance towards highly sensitive people. Approximately 70% of the introverted population is made up of HSPs. Not all introverts identified as HSPs, but there seems to be an overlap between the two traits that is too important to ignore. Here’s 8 signs you are a highly sensitive person. 1. You feel deeply and tend to be more emotionally reactive. Have people often called you deep when you provide your insights? Then, you may be an HSP.

HSPs tend to feel things more deeply and are more naturally inclined to react emotionally towards situations. Dr. Ted Zeff, author of “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide”, writes: They like to process things on a deep level. They’re very intuitive and go very deep inside to try to figure things out. Overall, HSPs are empathetic and care a lot for others when they’re having a tough time. Since your emotions run deep, when others suffer, you can also feel their pain.

This helps you stay open minded when you can easily put yourself in the shoes of the another, and understand what that person is going through. 2. You prefer to exercise alone. Highly sensitive people often avoid team sports because they’re uncomfortable with the audience watching their every move. According to Dr. Zeff, the majority of HSPs gravitate towards solitutary sports such as running, hiking and bicycling. This allows time for you to reflect and get away from overstimulating environments as you simultaneously work on reaching your fitness goals. However, in some circumstances, HSPs may enjoy playing in team sports if they’re brought up by a parent, who provided a supportive environment that made it easier for them to get involved.

If you were encouraged by a nurturing family and good friends, then you may find yourself flourishing in team sports too. Nurturing one sensivity is the key to helping them grow comfortable with activities they may not be naturally inclined to enjoy because it allows them to feel safe to take risks. 3. It takes you longer to make decisions, because you are concerned about making a wrong or bad decision. When you’re sensitive, it takes you more time to make decisions, even though there may not be a right or wrong one. For instance, it may take you longer than others to choose what you want to eat from the restaurant menu. This is because you have a tendency towards weighing all the options that are provided. Even if you already have a good idea about what you want to choose from the menu, you can’t help but think about the what ifs and explore the possibility of other dishes based on their descriptions. As a result, when it comes to making big life changing decisions, such as where you want to move, or what career you want to work, you may often feel paralyzed and overwhelmed by the various potential outcomes you imagine from each possibility.

4. You pay attention to subtlety and small details in general. You’re sensitive to changes and your immediate environment and the people who’s surround you. You may notice the small details such as the new color someone paints their nails or the tiny crack on someone’s lamp that wasn’t initially there. When you’re identified as a highly sensitive person, it’s hard for you to miss subtlety because you’re prone to reading between the lines. Generally, as someone who has a lot welling up inside you, you make it a habit to notice things. because everything affects you strongly. 5.

You are highly conscientious and have extremely good manners. With your highly sensitive, you care a lot about the way you present yourself, and how your actions may affect others. You tend to be considered towards other’s needs and what to do things in a way that creates convenience rather than causing trouble for them. You put a lot of effort even in the smallest actions, such as making sure you put an item back where you got it as you’re shopping, to prevent troubling a staff member to do it. You’re the type of person to always think your waiter at the end of the night for their service, and leave a generous tip. It leaves you feeling uncomfortable when you’re not exhibiting polite mannerisms to the best of your ability. 6. You are prone to having anxiety or depression, especially if you’ve had many bad past experiences. As an HSP, if you experience a lot of negative events in your life, you may have developed anxiety or depression over the years.

According to Dr. Aaron, this is because your nervous system often operates in anxious mode, when you don’t feel safe in your environment. Your nervous system is meant to alert you about potential danger, so when it’s used to doing that in abundance, it causes you to stay on edge for long periods of time. This is why it’s crucial to have parents, who nurtures your sensitivity with just the right amount of care. If they make you ashamed for being sensitive, it prevents you from understanding and using your sensitivity in a productive way that can help you grow. But if they protect you too much because of your sensitivity, then it may cause you to have difficulty making transitions in life and adapting into new situations. 7. Violent/horror movies are not your cup of tea.

When you’re highly sensitive, you’re overly stimulated by violent or horror films that sensation seekers often get a good adrenaline rush from realized that there’s nothing wrong with turning down horror movies. Your nervous system will be much happier that you did what’s best for you. 8. You work well in team environments. When you’re highly sensitive, you tend to be a deep thinker. This makes you a valuable person in team settings because you’re able to analyze situations and figure out how everyone’s strengths and talents can be used to help the team work more efficiently. In addition, you can also identify many of the pros and cons when it comes to decisions making. However, you may not be comfortable with being the person in charge of making the actual decisions. In stead, you may like to play the role of someone who negotiates and helps facilitate discussions rather than the person who has to take action.

Still, with the right amount of encouragement and good practice, HSPs can make exceptional leaders with their ability to empathizes with their co workers and having an open mind when problem solving. Would you consider yourself a highly sensitive person? Do you agree with these points? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! Don’t forget to subscribe, and thanks for watching!..

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  1. since I was a kid, I have always known that I’m a sensitive person, when I was a kid I used to get into a lot of arguments about things that I love, I notice things that others don’t, I overthink things, I get bothered by many things everyday, especially when the social media sites started to be widely used, I got hurt by the high amount of rudeness and shallow actions of people in the internet, all these things made me frustrated and angry, I feel like I get blamed by other peoples behaviors.

  2. Wow, I’m impressed! I already knew I was a highly sensitive person, so I watched this to see if I had any of the signs. Turns out, literally almost all of them defined me

  3. Being sensitive is actually attractive. I’d be friends with these type of people because they’re picky with their friends and they actually care for the people in their lives when you’re not taking advantage of their sincerity. Honestly having a really popular friend is not what I loom for in school. It’s cool sometimes but id rather have the quality sensitive friend because I’m the type who’ll fight for them and stand firm besides them against ppl who take advantage of them

  4. This is why I go shopping alone. I know I take a long time with simple decisions such as ‘will I purchase this item?’ and I can spend up to or even over an hour in a single shop. I also end up getting an anxious and panicky when I realise how much time I am taking. So I don’t want to burden a friend with all of this.

    On the plus side, I enjoy my own company so those 6 hour solo shopping days are usually pretty fun (besides the mini panic attacks )

  5. I don’t want to be an HSP anymore. It’s hard feeling everything all the time. I’d rather feel nothing else at all. Perhaps it’ll be easier then…

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