What are Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)?
High sensitivity (also called Sensory-Processing Sensitivity) is a well researched genetic trait shared by 15-20% of the population (as well as in at least 100 other animal species too!).
It is equally dispersed among all gender identities. It is a variation that allows the nervous system and brain to process subtleties, information, emotions, and details more deeply and in a way that most people miss.
To the HSP the world can often feel unpleasantly intense and overwhelming. HSPs need more downtime to recharge, expert skills for self-care, and to learn to develop healthy boundaries.
Being an HSP does NOT mean that you have a disorder that needs to be fixed – it simply means learning to understand how your nervous system works, as well as the tools and skills for navigating life and relationships more easily and effectively.
That’s where therapy can be helpful.
When HSPs learn to honor their sensitivity as a strength, they tend to thrive quickly in therapy, have more fulfilling lives, and have a great deal to offer this world!
You may be a Highly Sensitive Person if…
- You have often been labeled as too sensitive, too emotional or caring too much.
- You are easily overwhelmed by large crowds, noise, bright lights, or strong smells.
- You experience emotions at a deep level and often need time to recharge.
- You have difficulty putting yourself first and maintaining healthy boundaries.
- You avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations and conflict with others.
- You have often felt different or misunderstood but couldn’t put your finger on it.
Are you are a Highly Sensitive Person?
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