June 11, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.