The Highly Sensitive Person part 1

by Dandy

There can be a multitude of descriptions and definitions of the highly sensitive person.  It is agreed that the highly sensitive person, or hsp for short, experiences a deeper and higher level of sensitivity and have different nervous systems than those that are not highly sensitive.  Incoming information is processed and reflected upon so deeply that we are more likely to become overwhelmed and over stimulated than those who experience a lesser degree of sensitivity. 

The causes of hypersensitivity are not known to be biological, but rather an evolutionary trait inherent in a particular gene that has been with us since humans started walking this earth.  There have always been people of a strong spiritual nature.  We were known to be healers, saints, prophets, shamans, and philosophers – people known to be deeply rooted in their souls.  We are people who are able to access wisdom, knowledge, and love that comes from the sensitivity to the world around us.  Hsp are blessings to this world filled with chaos, violence, and injustice.  Highly sensitive people have access to parts of their brain that others might not experience.  Hsp use over 10% of their brain and filter out less reality through the optic nerve, so more reality is experienced.  Hsp notice energy fields and chakras can sometimes be seen.  According to Dr. Elaine Aron, who wrote the revolutionary The Highly Sensitive Person, hsp take up 15 to 20% of the human population.   The following are some common traits:

  •  Ability to perform deep processing of information.
  • Picks up on subtle details while in the learning process.
  • Are not able to learn effectively when over aroused.
  • Are known to be thoughtful, sentimental, and loyal.
  • Are able to accomplish tasks with great accuracy, detail, and speed.
  • Gets more affected by caffeine and other stimulants.
  • Can stay still for a longer period of time than others.
  • Has more right brain activity.
  • Creative by nature.
  • Highly imaginative.
  • Takes time to come out from the effect of some kind of stimulus.
  • Can understand human emotions more deeply than others.
  • Does not give their best while being watched.
  • Tends to mix less with others.
  • Does better work when the environment is relaxed, calm, and quiet.
  • Prefers to feel and experience quietly by themselves.
  • Are great organizers.
  • Are more loyal and hardworking than others.
  • Strongly compassionate and caring.
  • Are inclined towards spirituality.
  • Strong aesthetic sense.
  • More in tune with nature and elemental forces.
  • Notices subtleties in appearances, physical sensations, and placement of objects.
  • Prefers to work and play quietly.
  • Asks deep thought-provoking questions.
  • Gets easily disturbed by noise.
  • Reads the moods of others with great accuracy.

So as you can see by this long list of information the perception of things are magnified; therefore, the feelings and emotions are stronger in a hsp.  The hsp can strongly benefit from yoga, meditation, chanting, and/or deep breathing exercises.    Because the hsp is prone to become over stimulated and stressed it is of the utmost importance that coping techniques be learned and applied.  We are more sensitive to chemicals; therefore, a diet as free from chemicals, preservatives, and dyes should be sought.  We are more inclined to sleep disturbances so leading a disciplined life of proper sleep and relaxation is crucial.

Hsp are more open to negative fields.  We absorb people’s negative energy and emotional toxins.  We can feel a person’s psychic chaos very easily.  Physical symptoms can show in us such as chronic colds, allergies, sinus troubles, headaches, sore throats, stomach upset,  and breathing difficulties.  On a positive note, we are just as open to a person’s positive field.  Which is why it is imperative for us to surround ourselves with healthy, loving people.  Children who are hs are particularly sensitive to energy fields and are strongly susceptible to the physical ailments.

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30 Comments to “The Highly Sensitive Person part 1”

  1. Dandy,
    This is a wonderful post. Highly informative and very interesting. It also explains a lot for me on a personal level!

    I wouldn’t trade being a HSP for anything. Even though it can sometimes be a challenge, it is worth it to feel things fully. Like you said, surrounding myself with other positive people (including my blogging world buddies) is a very good thing!
    Thanks for the great read!
    Jen (Little Lessons Under the Big Sky)

    • Hi Jen,
      I’m so glad you liked this post! Being a hsp is a challenge, but it is also a gift! Like you, I’m appreciative of my blogging friends! Take care Jen.

  2. Dandy, I sometimes wonder whether what I feel at times is ‘wussy’ or ‘weird’, but this post has helped me recognise what it truly is, and that it is something beautiful.

    Thanks Dandy, hope you are well 🙂

    • Oh Stuart! I’m so glad you read this post. If you are a HSP it is a gift! There is nothing wussy or weird. It’s probably you picking up the energy around you. When you use it to your benefit, you will be more insightful and emotionally intellegent! The people in your life will greatly benefit by this, as well as yourself! It is beautiful, isn’t it?! Thanks Stuart!

  3. I think i see myself too much in this post…AHHH dandy…

  4. Wow Dandy!

    This was a pretty amazing article! I know this may sound cliche but I think you’ve definitely helped me discover something about myself I may have not known before.

    There is a particular reason why I was attracted to your About Me page first and I think there is no coincidence in the verbiage that I used to describe your page “feel the positive energy surrounding your blog…”.

    Thank a lot Dandy! I definitely look forward to connecting with you soon!

    • Hi Hector!
      Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog! I’m glad you liked my post and thrilled that you feel the positive vibes here. I wanted this blog to be a supportive and accepting place for people. Thanks again Hector!

  5. hello dandy
    how are you?
    apologies for the long absence but i am gradually getting back to my normal routine. thanks for sharing this article; it was quite informative and insightful. i have browsed through one of elaine arons book: the undervalued self which looks at our esteem, i guess i should check this one out.
    take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of the day.

    • Hi Ayo!
      It’s great to hear from you. I understand your magazine has kept you a busy bee! I’m so happy you liked this article. Yes, Elaine Aron is amazing. Her books are so enthralling and comforting! Thanks for stopping by Ayo! You are in my thoughts!

  6. Hi Dandy,
    This was really so interesting to read. I have such a high respect for highly sensitive people, and the gifts they (you) bring to our world.

    There’s such real and deep beauty in all of this – and how highly sensitive people truly make this world a better place…with a gift of real and meaningful caring…

  7. Hi Dandy,

    Very nice post! I must admit that I’m one of those highly sensitive people. I agree with you that hsp tend to be more compassionate, more creative, more imaginative, more empathetic, more sympathetic, among other things. I look at it as an advantage really. Thanks for sharing my friend 🙂

  8. Hi Dandy,

    This is a fascinating article on highly sensitive people! I have always been intrigued by healers, prophets, shamans and diviners who had the ability to know and sense things. They always played an important part in the society and times that they lived in. Some of them managed to touch many lives in the process while remaining free-spirited. Others like shamans might have had a leadership role in their society where the lives of many depended on their decisions. But they were suited to such a role give their talents, sensitivity and wisdom. By using their otherworldly knowledge, they could guide their people and protect them from dangers.

    It is true that due to the sensitivity of hsp, there are many things that could affect them. Thus, as you say, self-discipline and mastery is crucial to controlling their gifts and manifesting their fullest potential. Their gifts are not given by chance. There is a purpose and an important role for hsp in the world. To compound matters, they have to find their own way to their destinies. But this is a path they have to walk because the experience and wisdom they gain in overcoming their challenges in invaluable. It is this wisdom that the world needs more than ever before.

    Thank you for sharing this informative and insightful article Dandy! You are fully aware of what the world needs! 🙂

    Irving aka the Vizier

    • Hello!

      Thank you so much for your lovely compliment. You are right about how crucial it is to control our gift in order to manifest them to fullest potential. It is a challenge to do this, but so satisfying when a balance is learned! I believe that the people in my life have benefited from me being a HSP. I love having an insight tht others don’t. I’ve tried to utilize my gifts to their fullest potential. I’ve also learned to stop appologizing for being a sensitive soul!! Stay tuned to part 2 of this article. I’d love to know what you think! Thanks Irving!

  9. Hi Dandy, so great to find your blog! I was immediately thrilled to see this post on HSPs…I happen to be one and you’ll probably notice that a bit if you come by the blog and read any of my stuff : ) That’s an invitation. I am a lot like you. I love reading, writing and have been an avid consumer of self-growth/improvement/help literature for 20+ years…Thanks for writing about such important themes in such an informative way.

    • Hi Elana,
      Wow, you sound like a facinating lady & I can’t wait to check out your blog! It does sound like we have alot in common! Thanks so much for checking out my blog! Take care!

      ~Dandy

  10. Hi Dandy,

    Very interesting and informative article! Definitely held my attention. I saw myself in the characteristics that you have listed. Is that good or bad? Anywhoo..I think I am a hsp to a certain degree.

    Take care,

    Evelyn

  11. Hi Dandy! Very interesting topic. I never thought of it this way but it makes total sense. Thanks for listing all the characteristics so we can easily identify hsp. Coming to think of it, I may know a lot of hsp people.
    Thanks for your wisdom. Loving blessings!

    • Hi Andrea!
      Thanks so much. I’m happy you liked this post. I believe the more you know about HSP the better friend you can be to those who have HSP and in return you can learn greatly from them! Take care Andrea!

  12. Dandy: Great post with great information that is so helpful to understand. A lot of this resonated with me … I am still processing some of the information 🙂 Looking forward to learning more and the next part.

  13. Hi Dandy.

    Very interested and well written post.
    I have to confess, this is not a topic I had ever given a deep level of thought to, so this is very enlightening to me. I always understood that there were some among us (healers and prophets) who were certainly more sensitive and in tune to the surrounding vibes than most others but this post has helped me to understand this a bit more.

    Looking forward to the next post in the series.

    Thanks, Dandy! Interesting reading for sure.

  14. Like several other commenters, I too identified with many of these characteristics. In my younger years, this caused me some problems, but as I have gotten older, I have become much more comfortable with myself and appreciative of the gifts that this sensitivity brings. I can’t wait to read part 2!

    • Hi Galen!
      I’m pleased you liked this post. I too have had struggles with this. It’s taken me a long time to understand it myself. When I read Dr. Aron’s book, so many things just “clicked” into place for me. I stopped feeling like such an outsider and realized my “quirks” were a compelling gift. I hope you like part 2!

  15. Ok now that I have read this one…

    •Gets easily disturbed by noise. ___as a stagehand I have ‘learned’ to deal with loud noise like ‘sound checks’ and loud concerts.

    •Prefers to work and play quietly. ____my watchmaking work in a quiet environment ‘Out door’ running, kyaking, “surf fishing”. I do not like “gyms” for their noise and I feel claustrophobic in them.

    •Are known to be thoughtful, sentimental, and loyal. ___Like I said my 1980 Toyota pickup I bought new and still have it (loyalty) God! You are not that much older than my truck!

    Sentimental…very much so.

    I’ll leave the rest alone…enough has been said.

    Nice to know that you fly fish and that a spiritual river runs through your life…

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