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Seattle, WA
Hometown: Seattle

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October 1, 2012

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

I found the name for it recently, but I have always knows I was different from the people around me and it always confused me.

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

Yes, The Highly Sensitive Person

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

Easily overwhelmed by activity, lots going on, change Sound grates on me and exhausts me Overly conscientious about the feelings of others, twisting myself in knots to avoid confrontation Crippling childhood shyness leading to lifelong feelings of alienation Able to listen and support others via keen intuition and perception I could go on a long time ... :)

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?

I would like to think about this more, but I do like the daytrip idea and book club thing. I think potlucks are nice. Also I go to a lot of independent film and various cultural performances and those are always more fun when there are people to discuss with afterwards.

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

Primarily friendship and perhaps some advice from people who have been through similar experiences. I specifically came looking today for advice on how people deal with the over-stimulation that can't be avoided (noisy ventilation system at work, people sitting next to me and tapping their feet vibrating the floor, etc). However I am always on the lookout for company that understands the way I see the world and that's so hard to find!


I grew up in Seattle and live in lower Queen Anne with two chihuahuas. It has been a huge relief to discover a name for this characteristic and finally acknowledge it as something other than a crippling defect and moreover a gift to help others.

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