High sensitivity

IMG_0547I 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!

HSPs are:

  • 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:

  • Conscientiousdetermined, committed, passionate, hardworking
  • Faithfulloyal, trustworthy, considerate, cooperative, collaborative
  • Caringcompassionate, thoughtful, sensitive, cautious, unselfish, gentle
  • Articulateaccurate, polite, precise, semantic, subtle, sophisticated
  • Intelligenteducated, informed, knowledgeable, resourceful, witty, wise
  • Imaginativevisionary, 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.

Understand more

Pause for thought: High sensitivity has been discovered in 100+ species!