A highly sensitive person (HSP) is someone who has high sensory awareness and typically feels extremely emotional.
Also, being highly sensitive is far from a personality type and is actually a genetic trait. According to studies, an HSP actually has a hypersensitive nervous system.
An estimated 20 percent of the population is genetically predisposed to be more aware and empathic, says Elaine Aron, Ph.D., a psychologist at Stony Brook University in New York.
Dr. Aron also says that highly sensitive persons simply respond to stimuli differently than others due to variations in the brain.
If you are a highly sensitive person, you have to take better care of yourself than some people to minimize the negative effects of your sensitivity. However, this also gives you advantages – among them, intuition, insight, and empathy – which non-highly sensitive persons just don’t have.
Note – although HSPs share some traits with empaths, empaths, and highly sensitive persons are very different things. Highly sensitive persons don’t internalize others’ feelings as much as they intensely experience their own. On the other hand, empaths draw other people’s feelings inward, to the point where they feel like they are physically experiencing them, too.
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#1 People Are Naturally Drawn To You
Others are drawn to a highly sensitive person like a magnet and find it easy to express themselves and resonate with them on a meaningful and deep level.
For example, strangers may come up to you at department stores or coffee shops from all walks of life and suddenly start talking about their problems openly and seem to be in great distress.
Also, people will frequently feel like they have known each other for many years even though they may have just met.
If this has happened to you on multiple occasions, consider yourself a highly sensitive person.
It is thought that people come to you because they can sense your generous and caring nature and feel that they can release their pent-up feelings and frustrations onto you. They trust you and believe you can help with their problems.
Tip – be careful not to take on their problems as your own.
#2 Strong Leader
Although highly sensitive persons are quiet achievers who prefer to do the hard work behind the scenes, they will frequently be found in positions of leadership due to their ability to be focused, supportive, and organized, and capable of motivating and inspiring others with magnificent poise.
In addition, HSPs are more comfortable in giving sincere praise upon others rather than accepting it and are typically found mediating to maintain a balance of harmony.
#3 Great Intuition
Highly sensitive persons experience the world through their intuition. It is vital for them to develop their intuition and listen to their gut feelings about others.
This will help them find positive relationships and avoid energy vampires.
#4 An Inner Sense Of Knowing
HPSs have a deep sense of knowing that is unquestionable and unwavering.
They are capable of reading people (especially close friends and family) without obvious cues and can describe what is actually going on beneath the surface.
Moreover, highly sensitive persons know if someone is not speaking the truth or is being dishonest.
The more attuned they are to their empathy, the more frequent and stronger the knowing and reading capabilities will be.
#5 You Just Know When Someone Is Ill
A highly sensitive person will frequently know when someone is ill, and may even manifest some of the symptoms linked with a person’s illness, especially to the people they are closest with.
Also, A HSP may seem to just have a sense of what someone needs to do to be able to heal.
From knowing the best path for someone to take to understanding the connection between a recent stressor and a new sickness, this information might flow out of a highly sensitive person.
#6 Huge Heart
Highly sensitive persons are big-hearted people who try to relieve the pain of others: a distraught friend, a hurt child, or a homeless person holding a cardboard with an “I’m hungry” sign at a busy intersection.
It is natural and humanly to want to reach out to these people and ease their pain. But highly sensitive persons don’t stop there.
They take it on, suddenly they are upset when they felt fine before.
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#7 High On Creativity
HSPs are just as expressive with body language as with words, feelings, and thoughts.
Their creativity is typically expressed through acting, dance, and bodily movements.
They can become lost in the music, to the point of being in a trance-like state.
Highly sensitive persons describe this feeling like a time when all else around them is almost non-existent.
#8 Wonderful Listener
The true highly sensitive person is a wonderful listener who is sincerely eager to learn about other people.
Occasionally they are very protective in revealing their own feelings and emotions unless they are with one of the rare people they feel they can trust.
Note – HSPs have a low tolerance for listening to the narcissist, whose ramblings may fall into the arena of “It’s all about me.”
#9 You Feel Others’ Feelings
Even before others tell a highly sensitive person how they are feeling, he already knows.
They can enter a room and have a sense of the general mood of the environment.
#10 You Can See Beyond Feelings
While being a sensitive person allows you to detect the feelings of others, it cannot, by itself, tell you why they are feeling that way.
But, highly sensitive persons have the ability to take a step back and view things from a broad perspective.
This allows them to identify the links – both indirect and direct – between cause and effect.
HSPs don’t necessarily do this with any conscious intent; it is simply a natural instinct that comes from having both intuition and empathy in abundance.
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