Traits of the Highly Sensitive Person
Highly sensitive people get the sense at a young age that they are different; that they don’t fit in. They are not interested in the same things that other people are interested in. They are not motivated in the same way, and the measurement of their intelligence cannot be ascertained accurately through mainstream educational methods. The highly sensitive child figures out quickly that they will never be part of the popular crowd, and probably not be scholarship material. They learn and assimilate data differently, and their arduous life- journey is to understand how they work and where they will fit in the world.
This profound sense of being different is life-long. It does not go away, and causes intense emotional wounding when the sensitive’s different-ness is treated badly by family, peers, and early authority figures.
HSPs are different in many ways:
- highly sensitive people are sensitive to the feelings of others and have a tendency to absorb the feelings of others causing personal discomfort and unhappiness.
- HSP’s are known for their empathy. Empathy in sensitives is more than a feeling for others – it is an active way of knowing the world .
- HSP’s are right-brained. Non-HSP’s are more left-brained and analytical.
- HSP’s can have strong psychic and intuitive abilities.
- they often see what others miss
- their deep processing skills help them see a need for change, or a tipping point before others do. HSPs can be process oriented.
- HSPs are holistic thinkers. They have a big picture perspective and therefore uniquely constructive solutions to problems.
- HSPs are also people who notice patterns and therefore how to change them, contributing in important ways to the evolution of the human race.
- HSP’s dislike pressure, which non-HSP’s accept more easily.
- HSP’s need egalitarian social and work environments. Non-HSP’s are more comfortable with hierarchical and competitive systems.
- highly sensitive people do not like someone standing over them.
- HSP’s need a simple lifestyle. Non-HSP’s are more comfortable with busyness, stuff and activity including multitasking.
- HSP’s need stillness. Non-HSP’s often avoid stillness.
- many highly sensitive people are introverts.
- HSP’s often feel a deep connection with nature and all the creatures in it.
- highly sensitive people can be deeply spiritual.
- many HSP’s will have physical conditions and allergies of one form or another.
- HSP’s form deep bonds with animals.
- harm and abuse of all kinds are harder for highly sensitive people to heal.
- many HSP’s find relationships challenging based on values and lifestyle.
- a highly sensitive person belongs in occupations that bring out the best in them: healing and creative occupations are among the best for HSP’s.
These are telltale signs that you are sensitive. If you are, you, no doubt have an important journey ahead learning about yourself, and what you bring to the world.
Many see the highly sensitive person as vital to the changes we are making in the world, and I believe that it is true. The wisdom and empathy of HSP’s is badly needed.
So although being highly sensitive has in the past been treated as a curse, it is now finally being seen as valuable (as it should be). As our global problems get worse and the need for wisdom and creativity rises, being a highly sensitive person will finally be welcomed in the world.
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