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*** Please Note: This Meetup group offers NO services, activities or events related to dating - as these are not permitted on Meetup. This group's primary purpose is to facilitate friendships and build connections between highly sensitive people in the Sacramento Area. Our group activities are meant to be fun, stress free, encouraging, and inspiring for highly sensitive people, Empaths, and intuitive personality types.

Highly Sensitive Person

High sensitivity (also called Sensory Processing Sensitivity) is a scientifically recognized biological trait inherited by approximately 15%-20% of the population (one in five people), divided equally amongst men and women. The trait seems to have an evolutionary advantage and is found is over 100 different species.

Elaine Aron, who coined the term “Highly Sensitive Person,” uses the acronym DOES to describe the trait.

D = Depth of processing (we reflect on and think deeply about things)

O = easily Overstimulated (usually from too much sensory input – crowds, noise, artificial smells, etc.)

E = Emotionally reactive and empathic (we feel our own feelings deeply and we also sometimes feel what others are feeling)

S = Sensitive to subtle stimuli (we notice more in our environments than the average person)

Although we are different, and sometimes people just don’t get us, our sensitivity offers many advantages. We tend to be more conscientious, able to come up with new ideas and interesting perspectives, good at solving problems, deeply appreciative of the arts and/or music, creative, intuitive, empathetic, and gifted.

Here (http://hubpages.com/health/hsp-2) is a great article explaining the trait from one HSP man’s perspective.

Here (http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/are-you-highly-sensitive-person-what-you-need-know-about-science-personality-type) is another great article explaining the science behind the trait.

Here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXorHg3Bk8Y) is a short video explaining the trait.

And most importantly, here (http://hsperson.com/test/highly-sensitive-test/) is a link to take the self-test.

We HSPs do tend to be reluctant about joining groups, but I have lately realized the importance of community and finding one’s tribe. It can be hard for us to be “out there” in the world, but my experience with this group is that being around others who “get you” can be both validating and healing. If your score from the self test reveals that you are a Highly Sensitive Person, please join us in understanding and valuing our wonderful trait.

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