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Apart from being a multi-potentialite, I have another personality trait which is called Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS). It means I'm a highly sensitive person. Sensory Processing Sensitivity should not be mixed up with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) which is a neurological disorder.
Sensory processing disorder (SPD; also known as sensory integration dysfunction) is a condition that exists when multisensory integration is not adequately processed in order to provide appropriate responses to the demands of the environment.
The senses provide information from various modalities—vision, audition, tactile, olfactory, taste, proprioception, and vestibular system—that humans need to function. Sensory processing disorder is characterized by significant problems in organizing sensation coming from the body and the environment and is manifested by difficulties in the performance in one or more of the main areas of life: productivity, leisure and play or activities of daily living.
Sensory processing sensitivity (SPS), a personality trait, a high measure of which defines a highly sensitive person (HSP), has been described as having hypersensitivity to external stimuli, a greater depth of cognitive processing, and high emotional reactivity. The terms SPS and HSP were coined in the mid-1990s by psychologists Elaine Aron and husband Arthur Aron, with SPS being measured by Aron's Highly Sensitive Person Scale (HSPS) questionnaire. Other researchers have applied various other terms to denote this responsiveness to stimuli that is evidenced in humans and other species.
According to the Arons and colleagues, people with high SPS comprise about 15–20% of the population and are thought to process sensory data more deeply due to the nature of their central nervous system. Although many researchers consistently related high SPS to negative outcomes, Aron and colleagues state that high SPS is a personality trait and not a disorder;other researchers have associated it with increased responsiveness to both positive and negative influences.
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Around the same time I found out that I'm a multi-potential, I stumbled upon an article on the Internet where they talked about being a highly-sensitive person. I clicked on the link to the article to read it and I immediately found that everything they described exactly described me and my personality. I just didn't know that this personality trait existed. In this said article there was a link to Elaine Aaron's website where I also took her High Sensitivity Self-Test. Elaine Aaron coined the term of highly sensitive person in the mid-1990s.
There are many more characteristics that could describe my high sensitivity but I think the above-mentioned ones are the most important characteristics.
What about you? Are you a highly-sensitive person? Please leave a comment below!
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