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The Highly Sensitive Person - HSP

Are you a highly sensitive person?, Living with Sensory Processing Sensitivity, What is a Highly Sensitive Person?, HSP | 10/22/2017

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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. 

 

Difference between Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS)

 

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.

Source: Wikipedia

 

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.

Source: Wikipedia

 

 

Recommended Books

 

 The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms Them The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook The Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People Brain Training For The Highly Sensitive Person: Techniques To Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelming Emotions: An 8-Week Program Finely Tuned: How To Thrive As A Highly Sensitive Person or Empath Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person: Improving Outcomes for That Minority of People Who Are the Majority of Clients Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person

 

 

How I found out that I'm a highly sensitive person

 

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. 

 

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So if you want to find out whether you are a highly sensitive person as well, I recommend you visit Elaine Aaron's website and take the self-test.

 

Recommended Books

 

 Highly Intuitive Person EFT for the Highly Sensitive Temperament

 

 

 

 

 

How my high sensitivity traits look like

 

  • I process my experiences more deeply than other people. 
  • I notice things that other people miss.
  • I have stronger emotional reactions, both positive and negative. 
  • Since I notice so much, I feel so much and I think about everything so much, I also get more easily overwhelmed.
  • I need more down time.
  • I'm bothered by things like noises, smells, weather changes, bad environment, chaotic situations, etc.
  • I'm more sensitive to pain, caffeine, medications, temperature, light, and hunger.
  • I'm introvert which isn't necessarily a trait of a highly sensitive person. Some highly sensitive persons are extrovert.
  • I'm very empathetic, to the extreme that I'm also getting sick when my children or someone else close to me get sick.
  • I have a rich and complex inner life.
  • I'm conscientious.

 

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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