What we're about
This Meetup was started by a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) to help self-identified, adult HSPs in the Metro Vancouver area (and beyond if you’re willing to travel) to connect with one another. Although many of us are introverts, it is important for adult HSPs to meet with one another to share friendship as well as the challenges and joys of our trait and to just generally socialize with others of our ‘tribe’ as we negotiate our lives in a non-HSP world.
If you are reading this you probably have a good idea of what a Highly Sensitive Person is and likely are one. But if you’re not sure for this Meetup, “HSP” is based on the work of Elaine Aron in her groundbreaking book “The Highly Sensitive Person”. You can find more information about the HSP trait at her website: http://hsperson.com/ .
If you're not sure whether or not you HSP, you can also jump right to the online self-test at:
You may be asked how you know you are HSP, and need to provide an answer to be accepted as a member.
In a nutshell, high sensitivity is a normal, inherited trait found among 15-20% of the population. Signs of HSP include:
greater awareness of stimuli, like sounds, smells, temperature, and textures,
having a vivid imagination,
being quick to see patterns and connections,
giving deep thought to the world around you,
being very aware of the people around you,
needing and enjoying time alone each day,
being very conscientious.
Being Highly Sensitive is *NOT*:
a problem or illness to be fixed or cured,
being easily hurt or offended,
the same as being timid, shy, or socially anxious.