Highly Sensitive Person ... or Highly Sensitive Perception?
No less than 1 in 5 people is a highly sensitive person (hsp). Just like among humans, High Sensitive Perception occurs in nature with many animal species! Take the hsp test and read more information about the characteristics of high sensitivity.
Who or what is a highly sensitive person?
In brief; with an hsp, the brain processes more sensory information and he or she reflects more deeply on it. A natural consequence of this is that if you notice more for a longer period of time, you also need faster rest. Your sensory experience is more intense, more complex, more chaotic and you experience something new as new or different; you are stimulated more by incentives than the average person.
So it has two sides:
- You are more aware of subtleties than others.
- You are also easily overwhelmed.
You cannot choose to be hsp
It is innate and therefore has no direct relationship with spirituality. In other words; High Sensitivity is independent of religious belief or intelligence and rationality. But a hsp-er usually has a greater empathic capacity and will be more quickly attracted to spiritual subjects by his or her natural curiosity.
Do you recognize yourself as a highly sensitive person?
- Are you easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics or sirens in the neighborhood?
- Do you find it difficult if you have a lot to do in a short time?
- Do you want to avoid violent movies and TV shows?
- Do you need to retire to bed or to a darkened room or to a place where you can have privacy and alleviate the situation during busy days?
- Do you make it a high priority to organize your life to prevent unpleasant or overwhelming situations?
- Do you notice or enjoy delicate or delicate scents, tastes, sounds or works of art?
- Do you have a rich and complex inner life?
- Did your parents or teachers find you sensitive or shy as a child?
Important to know as a highly sensitive person
Your trait is normal
It affects 15 to 20% of the population - too much to be a disorder, but not enough to be properly understood by the majority of those around you.
It is innate
In fact, biologists have found it in more than 100 species (and there are likely many more), from fruit flies, birds and fish to dogs, cats, horses and primates. This trait reflects a certain type of survival strategy, being mindful before acting. The brains of highly sensitive people (HSPs) actually work a little differently from those of others.
This property is not a new discovery, but it has been misunderstood
Because HSPs prefer to watch before entering new situations, they are often referred to as 'shy'. But shyness is learned, not innate. In fact, 30% of HSPs are extroverted, although the trait is often labeled as introversion. It's also called inhibition, anxiety, or neuroticism. Some HSPs behave in these ways, but it is not innate to do so and not the basic characteristic.
Sensitivity is valued differently in different cultures
In cultures where it is not appreciated, HSPs tend to have low self-esteem. They are told 'don't be so sensitive' so that they feel abnormal.
source: Elaine Aron - https://hsperson.com/
How to stay standing in a world that overwhelms you
In her national bestseller, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, author Elaine Aron describes a distinctive personality trait that affects as many as one in five people. According to Dr. Aron the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) has a sensitive nervous system, is aware of subtleties in his / her environment and is more easily overwhelmed in a highly stimulating environment.
But the main quality is that, compared to the 80% without the trait, they process everything around them much more - reflect, think about it, make associations. When this processing is not fully conscious, it emerges as intuition. This represents a survival strategy common to many species, always in a minority of its members.