HSP: 20 Signs That You’re a Highly Sensitive Person

 

Högt sensitiva personer upplever världen annorlunda från andra både pga. biologiska skillnader som vi är födda med, HSP känner av subtiliteter processar information annorlunda. Det betyder att vi tenderar att vara kreativa, insiktsfulla, empatiska men även att vi löper risk för att stressad och överväldigad.

Även om känsligheten tillhör vardagen kan vi fungera normalt, att vara HSP är ingen sjukdom eller funktionsnedsättning. Tvärtom, vi har sensorer som är så vassa att vi kan känna av subtila skillnader som andra inte lägger märke till. Är du en högt sensitive person? Om du relaterar till de flesta av dessa tecken är en bra chans att du är HSP.

1. You despise violence and cruelty.

Everyone hates violence and cruelty, but for very sensitive people it can be extremely worrying to see or hear about it. You can be an HSP if you can't watch very scary, cruel, or violent movies without getting upset or even feeling physically nauseous. Likewise, you may not be able to measure a news story about animal offenses or similar brutal acts.

 

2. You are often emotionally exhausted from absorbing the feelings of others

Although highly sensitive people are not necessarily empathic, HSPs tend to "absorb" the feelings of others, almost like an empath would. It is not uncommon for an HSP to enter a room and immediately feel the human mood in it. This is because very sensitive people are very aware of subtleties - including facial expressions, body language and tone of voice - that others may miss. Connect this with the sensitive person's naturally high levels of empathy, and it is no wonder that HSPs feel feelings that are not their own. As a result, highly sensitive people tend to suffer from frequent emotional exhaustion.

3. Time pressure can easily overwhelm you

At school, tests and tests of time pressure made you extremely worried - perhaps not being able to perform as well as you normally would. As an adult, when you have too many things on your to-do list and not enough time to finish them, you feel very stressed. HSPs are more sensitive to stimulation and time pressure is no exception.

 
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4. You often go back.

Whether you are an introvert or outgoing, you need plenty of rest, preferably alone. You are often in a quiet, dark room at the end of a long day - to lower your level of stimulation, soothe your senses and upload.

 

5. You like to be observed

You like to observe your surroundings, it is an innate move that we learn to handle our sensitive side. Even if you have a fantastic ability to incorporate whole, you have a fantastic feeling to see and notice details that easily pass by others.

 

6. You think deeply.

The cornerstone of being an HSP is that you treat information deeply. This means that you do a lot of reflection on your experiences - more than other people. Unfortunately, it also means that you are more prone to negative convincing. Sometimes you play compulsive events over and over in your mind or spiral in troubled thoughts.

 
 

7. You are a seeker.

HSPs are looking for answers to the big questions in life. They ask why things are how they are and what their role in everything is. If you are a very sensitive person, you may always wonder why other people are not so captivated by the mystery and universe of human nature as you are.

 

8. Sudden loud noises affect you.

For example, a loud motorcycle that suddenly buzzes at your window can really shake you.

 

9. Your clothes are important.

You have always been sensitive to what you are wearing. Uncomfortable textiles or restrictive clothing - can really irritate you. Of course, non-HSPs may also dislike these things, but an HSP will carefully choose their wardrobe to completely avoid them. Instead, we are keen to dress in colors that feel well-balanced or go hand in hand with that day's mood.

 

10. Your pain tolerance is less.

Many HSPs are more susceptible to pain of all kinds - headaches, body aches, injuries, etc. - than non-HSPs.

 

11. Your inner world is alive and present.

Because of your deep processing, you have a rich inner world. As a child you may have had several imaginary friends, had fantasy-based games and were prone to daydreaming. As an adult, you can have living realistic dreams.

 

12. The change is extremely disturbing.

HSPs take comfort in their routines, as the acquaintance is very less stimulating than anything new. For this reason, change - both positive and negative - can really throw away HSPs. For example, when they meet someone new or get a job, HSPs can feel as stressed as they are overjoyed. Usually, HSPs need more time than others to adapt to changes.

 

13. Sometimes your environment is your enemy.

Similarly, one can move to a new home or trip (even if it's just a "fun" holiday!) Can be quite difficult for you, for your minds are bombarded with so much new stimulus.

 

14. You feel misunderstood.

High sensitivity is often misleading. You may have been called "shy" or "reserved", and it might have been understood that something was wrong with you. Similarly, many HSP brands are labeled as introverts, since introverts and HSPs share many features, such as gaining time to process. But 30 percent of HSP's are actually extroverts.

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15. You can easily become hangry.

HSPs tend to be sensitive to changes in blood sugar levels, so they can become quite "hangry" (hungry + angry) if they haven't eaten for a while.

16. Who needs stimulants ...

… When your nervous system is already triggered to the highest level? Some HSPs are sensitive to caffeine and need very little to know their buzz. Similarly, some HSPs are also sensitive to the effects of alcohol.

17. Conflict is your poison.

When there is excitement or disagreement in your close relationships, you feel it deeply. Many HSPs have also reported that they feel physically ill during the conflict. As a result, some highly sensitive people become conflict-avoidance, do or say almost anything to keep the other person happy. That's because the conflict hurts so much.

 

18. Criticism is a dagger.

Words really mean that HSPs. Positive words can make us float, but hard words send them crashes to the ground. Criticism can feel like a dagger, and the negativity is poisonous to the highly sensitive man's fine-tuned systems. Especially if the person is not grounded and safe in his high sensitivity.

 

19. You are accountable.

At work and in school, you try hard to make no mistakes. Of course, this does not mean that you are perfect - no one is! - But you always give things your best bet.

 

20. You are deeply moved by beauty.

Fine meals, rich scents, beautiful artwork, or stirring melodies have a profound impact on you. You may find that music or some sounds put you in a close trance-like state, or how the wind blows the leaves in the autumn sunlight leaves you deeply taken. You do not understand how other people are not so moved by beauty as you are.

 

If you can relate, congrats! Being a HSP is beautiful, the depth of feeling and appreciating something to the core of ones being to being able to relate and empathize with a complete stranger. Sure, it can get overwhelming too there are tools and processes that can help you feeling less overwhelmed and more in your own power. To learn more, please visit the workshops.  

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