HSP

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When I was in Seattle, my friends and I were talking about the burdens of being a sensitive person. My friend Bonnie was reading a book called The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron, Ph.D and she deemed all 4 of us HSPs (highly sensitive peoples). 

If you are wondering if you are highly sensitive, here are some questions to reflect on:

  • 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 overwhelming situations?
  • Do you notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art?
  • Do you have a rich and complex inner life?
  • When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive or shy?

I don’t relate to the more physical questions like smell, sight and taste but I have certainly been called sensitive throughout my life, and lately I have really been feeling a lot of feelings. I think I need to get that book Bonnie was reading…

For more in defensive of HSP’s, check out this article.

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