HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON HSP
HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON HSP TEST
CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE
HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON TRAITS
HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON HSP LINKS
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A highly sensitive person (HSP) is a person having the innate trait
of high sensory processing sensitivity (or innate sensitiveness as
Carl Jung originally coined it. According to Elaine N. Aron and
colleagues as well as other researchers, highly sensitive people,
who compose of about a fifth of the population (equal numbers in men
and women), may process sensory data much more deeply and thoroughly
due to a biological difference in their nervous systems.
This is a specific trait, with key consequences for how we view people,
that in the past has often been confused with innate shyness, social
anxiety problems, inhibitedness, social phobia and innate fearfulness,
and introversion. The trait is measured using the HSP Scale, which has
been demonstrated to have both internal and external validity. Although
the term is primarily used to describe humans, something similar to the
trait is present in over 100 other species.
Highly sensitive person
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Shyness (also called diffidence) is the feeling of apprehension, lack
of comfort, or awkwardness especially when a person is in proximity to
other people. This commonly occurs in new situations or with unfamiliar
Shyness can be a characteristic of people who have low self-esteem.
Stronger forms of shyness are usually referred to as social anxiety
or social phobia.
The primary defining characteristic of shyness is a largely ego-driven
fear of what other people will think of a person's behavior, which
results in the person becoming scared of doing or saying what he or
she wants to, out of fear of negative reactions, criticism, rejection,
and simply opting to avoid social situations instead.
One of the key and most important aspects of shyness is social skills
development. Schools and many parents implicitly assume that children
are fully capable of effective social interaction. Social skills training
is not given any priority (unlike reading and writing) and as a result,
shyness develops in vulnerable pupils.
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Is this you?
Are you easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells,
coarse fabrics, or sirens nearby?
Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time?
Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows?
Do you 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?
Do you make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or
Do you notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works
Do you have a rich and complex inner life?
When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive
The Highly Sensitive Person HSPs Test
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What being highly sensitive is NOT:
1. Emotionally immature
3. Unpredictable and unstable emotions
5. Demanding and attention thirsty
Characteristics of highly sensitive people:
1. Have great imagination
2. Have great intellectual abilities
3. Are creative
4. Have a curious mind
5. Are hard workers
6. Are good problem solvers
7. Are extremely conscious and compassionate
8. Are intuitive, caring and spiritual
9. Have a strong sense of aesthetic awareness
10. Respect nature, art and music greatly
11. Have profound and intense sensations
12. Can access important information from the unconscious mind
13. Have a depth of understanding and feelings
14. Are objective and can see the bigger picture
If these individuals don't learn to handle their high sensitivity, they
may suffer greatly. Some of these are a loss of balance when it comes
to a self-sacrifice schema, which always leads to emotional deprivation.
Some ways that can help HS people manage their
1. Emotionally, highly-sensitive individuals are easily overstimulated
up to a point where they may experience great pain or great joy. They
can have a combination of an introvert and an extrovert personality
traits due to the fact that they need to be by themselves to become
centered, and they also love connecting to other people and their
environment. As reported before, many of these people learn to mask
this gift of sensitivity, intuition and creativity because they do
not know how to deal with the overstimulation. Cognitive modification
can be helpful.
2. Physically, highly-sensitive people need time and space to be by
themselves to process the amount of input they absorb. They may have
low tolerance to noise and anything too strong when it comes to
sensations. They also seem to have more body awareness and can feel
when their body is not comfortable in an environment. Therefore,
nutritionally they have to stick to simple foods that are full of
nutrients and have a healthy balance. They also have to connect to
nature and do regular exercise, relaxation, meditation and any other
activities that go with their nature to calm themselves down and
recharge after the over stimulation.
3. Socially, sometimes HS people may feel like misfits and have to
learn ways to tolerate imperfections they see in the depth of others.
They need to learn to connect while having clear boundaries as to
when to say no and how far to go with something and someone. In
addition, HS people need to become assertive and have regular "me"
times. When it comes to their social personality, these individuals
are usually shy, but their shyness is not because they are weak but
rather is based on a need to survive. Since their nature is
oversensitive, biologically they are designed to be shy as a self-
protection mode. However, if the shyness is too much and is affecting
their need to be social and to connect, then they can modify it through
behavioral and cognitive modification.
4. Additionally, they have to learn to give and receive love and they
have to realize that the process has to have a balance point. They have
to understand that self sacrifice that leads to emotional deprivation
is not healthy. They have to allow themselves to be vulnerable, face
problems rather than running away from them, relate positively to life,
and learn from their experiences. Some of these individuals avoid some
areas of their life and some of the challenges because of their
oversensitivity not realizing that in some of these challenges lies
5. And last but not least, these individuals have to find a meaning in
their life. All humanity desires this but for HS people, this is a need.
It is their innermost desire to help others be happy, and they can use
their abilities to bring their creative side out and make this world a
better place for all, even if a small step.
Overall, many of our writers, creators, inventors, imaginaries, discoverers,
and people who have contributed greatly to this world may fall in the
category of highly sensitive. We need more of these people and we need to
encourage them to unleash their potential. For those people who want to
become more sensitive, they have to learn ways to overcome society's
encouragement to be overly analytical, materialistic and competitive and to
encourage themselves and others to cherish this trait and make the best of it.
Characteristics of Highly-Sensitive People
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The person who is highly sensitive has an innate trait of high
sensitivity. There are some easily noticeable traits that can
distinguish highly sensitive people, or HSP, from the regular
ones. An HSP is creative, thoughtful, and very imaginative.
Psychological professionals conduct a test to confirm whether
an individual has this particular type of personality or not.
This test is known as the highly sensitive person test. It
comprises a list of questions, the correct answers to all of
which help a psychologist come to a conclusion. According to
studies, 15-20% of the human population has a highly sensitive
Is able to perform deep processing of information.
Picks up subtle things while in the process of learning.
Is not able to learn well when over-aroused.
Is loyal, hardworking, and thoughtful.
Is good at doing tasks that need deep concentration and focus.
Is able to accomplish tasks with great accuracy, detail,
Is very painstaking.
Is good at fine motor movements.
Gets more affected by caffeine as compared to normal individuals.
Can stay still for a longer period of time than regular people.
Is creative and imaginative by nature.
Takes time to come out from the effect of some sort of stimulus.
Can understand human emotions deeper than other people.
Is better at finding and/or avoiding errors.
Does not give his best on being watched.
Works well when the situation is calm and relaxed.
Tends to mix less with other people.
Prefers to feel and experience quietly by himself.
Is a great organizer. This is one of the most positive traits
of an HSP.
Is caring and compassionate. This particular trait makes the
company of such a person wonderful.
Is inclined towards spirituality.
Is blessed with an incredible aesthetic sense.
Is concerned for the environment.
Has a sense of appreciation for nature, art, and music.
Notices subtleties, like changes in a person's appearance or
in some object's placement.
Performs well in the presence of known people.
Prefers to play quietly and by himself.
Asks deep and thought-provoking questions.
Gets easily disturbed by loud noise.
Reads the mind and mood of others.
Is able to notice the slightest unusual smell.
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