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Betsy

Location:

Seattle, WA

Member since:

June 11, 2011

When and how did you become aware that you're an HSP? And how did you learn about our group?

I've known I'm an HSP long before I ever heard the term HSP, I would say since early childhood. I ran across Elain Aron's HSP website about a year and a half ago. I thought there might be an HSP group on Meetup, so I searched for one.

Have you read any of Elaine Aron's books about the HSP trait? Which ones?

I'm working my way through The Highly Sensitive Person. I score at the top of the range on the test to see whether you are an HSP. The concept of HSPs, plus Aron's statistic that a large portion of the population is not remotely sensitive, both made immediate sense to me.

How have you experienced being an HSP? Please share a couple of examples of how being Highly Sensitive affects your life.

I need more downtime than most people. I've often felt I wanted things and enjoyed things that make other people go "huh?" I notice and am affected by a lot of details about people's tone of voice and about my environment that don't seem to affect others much. I need to have a lot of control over my hours and environment at work. I need more sleep than most people and also more exercise. These things make a huge difference in my mood. By HSP standards I'm probably quite outgoing, but I burn brightly and then get tired.

What sort of activities do you enjoy? Besides just "meeting to talk," what sort of activities (if any) would you enjoy, as part of an HSP meetup group?

Walks. Movies followed by conversation. Ethnic food. Cooking. Though I don't expect this from an HSP meetup, I love Latin music and dance (when there's a live band and the sound is too high I wear earplugs so I can enjoy it).

What do you hope to get from your membership in our HSP meetup? (i.e. friendship, activity partners, support, networking, etc)

All of the above, and a to find people who have crafted jobs or work situations that fit for them and in which their gifts are recognized.

Introduction

I've noticed that I sometimes find people whom I'm in sync with even though lots of things about our lives are different--I think those folks are HSPs. I value depth and connection and want more of both.


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