About Highly Sensitive People (HSP) (via pamelacatapia.com, a local counsellor who specializes in working with HSPs):
HSP's: Experts say 15-20% of us inherit this perceptiveness and that it can be a great asset.
Signs of this trait:
* sensitive to noise, bright light, colours, temperature, smells, tastes, textures (hard to find the zone of "just right")
* more aware of people's feelings
* conscientious & caring
* pause before taking action
* vivid imagination
* think deeply about everything they notice
* need & enjoy time alone every day
As you can see, this trait brings advantages and diadvantages, which can depend on a culture's outlook. In Sweden, Japan, & China, children with this trait are admired and popular. In North American culture, we are told to "toughen up" or "don't be shy." Many HSP's have reported feeling misunderstood: they are not shy or weak, they just notice subtle differences and think about what these could mean. In other words, they are quite wise. Getting others to understand this is difficult.
"A highly sensitive person should evidence all four characteristics: depth of processing, being easily overstimulated, emotionality that includes a high level of empathy, and being sensitive to subtle stimuli. In particular there are several 'disorders' in which being easily overstimulated is common. But without the other three, it is by definition and by research not the innate trait we are talking about."
What HSP is Not:
* It is not emotional sensitivity.
* It is not being easily hurt, offended by what others say & do.
This is something separate from HSP (although you could have both, or one without the other, or neither). Emotionality can hinder relationships, happiness, & success, but it can be reduced, with practice. The HSP trait can not be reduced. Nor does it need to be.
The HSP trait can lead to feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated in our noisy, crowded, busy world. Most HSP's find life is better once coping strategies are learned & used.
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