I am, happily, a highly sensitive person!
“High sensitivity” is not a reference to an emotional state-of-mind, as many assume! It is physiological trait: a significant extension of capacities common to all human being.
People with high sensitivity:
- experience a high measure of sensory processing sensitivity
- were first identified formally, mid-1990s, by Drs. Elaine & Arthur Aron
- exhibit different neural activity compared with non-HSPs
- typically operate at high levels of performance
- represent 15-20% of the population
- do not exhibit a disorder—HS is a physiological trait—and a gift!
- Frequently highly intelligent
- More aware than others of subtleties in their environment
- More easily over-stimulated than others
- Valued differently in different cultures—particularly male HSPs
- Usually good parents and partners
These traits are typical of HSPs, in general:
- Conscientious—determined, committed, passionate, hardworking
- Faithful—loyal, trustworthy, considerate, cooperative, collaborative
- Caring—compassionate, thoughtful, sensitive, cautious, unselfish, gentle
- Articulate—accurate, polite, precise, semantic, subtle, sophisticated
- Intelligent—educated, informed, knowledgeable, resourceful, witty, wise
- Imaginative—visionary, intuitive, spiritual, reflective, harmonious
In the Workplace
Advantages of highly sensitive people include their being:
- Good advisors
- Excellent at staying on task
- A source of situational insights overlooked by non-HSPs
- Highly responsive to others, stabilising cooperative relationships and trust
- Excellent educators, consultants, mentors and spiritual directors.
Some of these traits are reflected in what people have said about me.
- Website of Dr. Elaine Aron: hsperson.com
- Find out if you are an HSP: take the test
- Highly Sensitive Person — Wikipedia
- The challenges of being a HS and Male
- 25 traits of Highly Sensitive People
- Highly Sensitive People in the Workplace
Pause for thought: High sensitivity has been discovered in 100+ species!