Written by Elizabeth McLean @ Health Wiz
~Highly Sensitive People~
Are you a Highly Sensitive Person or HSP? Are you deeply inspired by nature, music, art or other forms of creativity? Are you intelligent, a ‘thinker’ and perhaps acutely aware of the world and people around you?
These are common traits of the highly sensitive individual. As a HSP you may be more likely to feel overwhelmed by things and may find that you need ‘time out’ to rest, reflect and just ‘be’ rather than do.
American counselor and author Jim Hallowes estimates that 10-15% of the population in America are highly sensitive.
Now, as an introduction to the trait of high sensitivity, see if some of these statements resonate with you, or relate to someone important in your life…
You, your partner, or someone important to you have a heightened awareness of subtleties in your environment, whether it’s sight, sound, touch, taste, or smell.
You can become stressed out and upset when overwhelmed and may find it necessary to get away, maybe into a darkened room, to seek solitude, relief and comfort.
You are very creative.
You are very conscientious, hard working, and meticulous, but may become uncomfortable and less efficient or productive when being watched or scrutinized.
You feel compelled to file and organize things and thoughts, also enjoy simplicity and may become overwhelmed or even immobilized by chaos, clutter, or stress.
You are very uncomfortable when feeling things are getting out of your control.
You get a sense of comfort and well being when around a lake, river, stream, the ocean, or even a fountain.
You may experience mood swings, sometimes occurring almost instantly and can also be affected by other people’s moods, emotions and problems.
You have a deep, rich, inner life, are very spiritual, and may also have vivid \s.
You are very intuitive and you feel that you can usually sense if someone isn’t telling the truth or if something else is wrong.
You get concerned and think or worry about many things, and have also been told “you take things too personally.”
You have had the experience of “cutting people out” of your life.
You were considered quiet, introverted, timid, or shy as a child.
Here are a few more to consider… Can be startled easily. Cautious in new situations. May have trouble sleeping. Extra sensitive to pain. Don’t like crowds (unless they are kindred spirits). Avoids violent movies and TV shows. Has a deep respect and appreciation of nature, music and art.
Do some, or many, of these statements ring true for you, your partner, or someone important in your life? If so, you or they may be a highly sensitive person or “HSP.” Whether you already know something about the trait and temperament of highly sensitive people, or if this is your first introduction to the subject, welcome! The goal and intent of this website is to impart information, provide support and be a resource to individuals with the trait of high sensitivity and for the people in their lives.
To find out more about living life as a HSP check out the website.