HSP – Highly Sensitive Person

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I have spent the better part of the past decade trying to find some real answers as to who I am and why i think as I do.  I have come to the conclusion that I am:

  • I am a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person)
  • I am and introvert with a rare personality type (INFJ)

Due to my perception of how other people seemingly have no interest in their personal actions and how said actions affect others, I have become more of a misanthrope over time.

What is a highly sensitive person?

The scientific term for HSP is SPS (Sensory Processing Sensitivity) which is described as:

“A temperamental or personality trait involving “an increased sensitivity of the central nervous system and a deeper cognitive processing of physical, social and emotional stimuli”.
“The trait is characterized by “a tendency to ‘pause to check’ in novel situations, greater sensitivity to subtle stimuli, and the engagement of deeper cognitive processing strategies for employing coping actions, all of which is driven by heightened emotional reactivity, both positive and negative”.

What  are the characteristics (traits) of HSPs?

  • Easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens nearby.
  • Getting stressed and frustrated when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time.
  • Making a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows, even current events on the news.
  • The need to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation.
  • You make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations.
  • You notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art.
  • You have a rich and complex inner life.
  • When you were a child, your parents or teachers may have seen you as sensitive or shy.

The SPS trait is found in 15-20% of the population, while not rare it can be difficult for the other 85% of the population to understand.

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