Are You a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?
Highly sensitive people comprise about 15-20% of the population, process sensory data more deeply due to the biological nature of their nervous systems.
Especially in Western culture, being highly sensitive is often judged to be socially and culturally unacceptable, and the sensory processing sensitivity that characterizes HSPs has been wrongly confused with disorders. However, HSP is not considered a disorder and has been shown to have benefits and advantages, both for the individual HSP and for society.
HSPs have been described as having qualities of low risk taking, need for quiet (usually alone), high motivation to avoid overstimulation, preference for deeply meaningful conversations, greater awareness of subtleties in emotional and non-verbal communication, and a sense of being different. HSPs report having sensitivity to subtleties, the arts, caffeine, hunger, pain, change, overstimulation, strong sensory input, others' moods, violence in the media, and being observed.
HSPs' deeper processing of and greater responsiveness to both positive and negative stimuli motivates learning, and often leads to more successful responses in similar situations in the future.
In a work environment, HSPs are typically conscientious, loyal, quality- and detail-oriented, intuitive, and are often gifted. However, HSPs, generally preferring less external stimulation, may be less social with co-workers, dislike aggressive self-promotion, and perform less well when being observed for evaluation—all of which may place the HSP at an unwarranted disadvantage during performance appraisals.
Perhaps understanding what it means to be highly sensitive would help you understand yourself?
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