If you have any doubts, you’re probably not a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). These types of people are highly intuitive (great plus) but are also highly vulnerable (great minus).
HSPs generally react to changes in the energy vibrations in their environments. This leads some researchers to argue that HSPs have some form of sickness or have right side brain damage. I say: Pshaw! That’s right: Pshaw! Let’s face it: some people are just more sensitive than others–no brain damage involved.
These folks are able to process information on a deeper level and are aware of changes in the environment before non-HSP people.
According to psychologists, HSPs have:
- marked intuition and the ability to read between the lines
- strong sense of justice and idealism
- sensitiveness (seems like a no brainer, I know)
- intensive feeling, perception and living
- perfectionism and reliability
- very good perception of details
- being strongly attracted by the beauty of nature and art
- thinking in wider connections, deep reflection
- strong sympathy for the sorrow but also for the happiness of other people
- susceptibility for mysticism and symbolism
HSPs also have many drawbacks, including:
- support stress and hectic activity only with difficulty
- inclination to diverse over sensitivenesses (allergies, food incompatibilities etc.)
- have difficulties in demarcation
- being startled easily
- inclination to overreaction
- inclination to pondering
- easily overwhelmed
- the frequent need to withdraw
These folks are strongly empathetic, and this can be a bonus and a negative in many different types of situations. Obviously, they do not do well in large crowds of people. Maybe there’s just too much energy there.
HSPs tend to get a bad wrap in society, mainly due a business oriented culture that frowns on sensitivity.
Researcher Elaine Aron tells us only about 15-20% of the population are HSPs.
Cherish the HSP in your life (when s/he lets you–remember, they need a great deal of alone time)–s/he might just save your life one day by noticing that one small detail or sensing danger.