December 2, 2012
I always knew I was perceptive, have been told or overheard others comment (in a positive way) on how sensitive I am, had a manager tell me I feel things more deeply than most people and I get big energy drains w/ too much time in large groups. I also learned that I have a biologically higher emotional baseline than most people. I prefer a small group of close friends to a huge group of acquaintances, but that doesn't preclude quite a few friends that I meet with one-on-one or different small groups at different times. It's the quality vs. quantity I value. I discovered this group via an email on Awareness, Perception and Intuition. I found this group via a link of that site.
I'm pretty sure I read "The Highly Sensitive Person" many years ago, but I don't know if I still have it.
I find it hard to live in a culture where extroverts substantially outnumber introverts. It's more challenging to meet introverted friends--we don't always get out much! :-) I've been to large meet-ups where I ended up having to go home, keep the lights off, all noise (music, TV) and lie in bed to recover. I'm much better now at gauging what I can handle before I hit that point. Extroverts don't understand why I react more emotionally to comments, events, etc. I get hurt easily sometimes whereas a non-HSP person just lets things roll off their backs. And I also have a challenge maintaing small talk for very long.
Theater, exploring Seattle neighborhoods, window shopping in our funky neighborhoods, hiking (once I'm back in shape), going to the beach (I LOVE Golden Gardens, but there's lots of other great beaches AND parks to wander), playing board games, hosting small dinner parties, finding unique restaurants and other unique places I didn't know were there.
All of the above. I'd love to be around other people like me and understand how it affects them and how they handle it. Also reading a good book occasionally and sharing insights and reactions.
Am looking for other HSPs and be social!
Glad I made it to this. I'm learning a lot about myself and getting some good information about living in this culture as an HSP. Eileen C.