The Highly Sensitive Person
Do you feel things deeply, notice subtle things about your environment, are you aware of others and their emotional or physical state? Are you moved by beauty, art, music, life? Do you get overwhelmed easily? Do you feel overstimulated in busy, loud, or chaotic situations?
If you relate to this description, you are likely a Highly Sensitive Person.
High Sensitivity or Sensory Processing Sensitivity is a trait found in approximately 20% of the population. It is not a disorder or a pathology. In fact, it comes with many gifts and is believed to be a trait vital to the survival of the human species. However, the modern world and most human societies are not designed to honor or support the highly sensitive population. We live in a world that values speed and intensity and that fosters an expectation of constant engagement. These are not conditions under which highly sensitive people thrive. As a result many Highly Sensitive People suffer from depression, anxiety, addiction, disordered eating, low self-esteem, and other mental and physical health challenges.
But there is hope for Highly Sensitive People even in today's modern world. When a highly sensitive person understands the trait and how it has impacted their life experience, they can develop greater self-awareness, shift negative self-perceptions, and begin to cultivate a life that honors who they are and allows them to recognize and share their gifts.
As a Highly Sensitive Person myself, I am deeply committed to supporting others on this journey.
It is incredibly rewarding to witness people transform their lives and begin to thrive.
More than ever the world needs the gifts that Highly Sensitive People so naturally possess. The gift of thoughtfulness, awareness, attunement, creativity, wisdom, intuition and healing, among many others. So, if you are Highly Sensitive and find yourself struggling, please reach out.
You deserve support and the whole world will benefit!
Not sure you're Highly Sensitive?
Dr. Elaine Aaron, the pioneer researcher of the Highly Sensitive Person trait has an excellent self-test here: