Are You A Highly Sensitive Person?
About 8 months ago I discovered a new term for myself. It’s called a HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON. It’s not so spooky or stand-offish like the word Psychic or Witch or Voodoo Lady. And it doesn’t sound so ethereal like Angel Communicator, Clairvoyant or Empathic. A Highly Sensitive Person or HSP for short is a nice practical descriptive word that definitely describes me and I think a lot of other people that I usually speak to. So I’ve decided to share the nuts and bolts of this new term (at least new to me).
A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) makes up about 15%-20% of the population. We are also described as being Super Sensitive, Ultra Sensitive, Hyper Sensitive, Empath and maybe a person who tends to be over excitable. This is an inherited trait, and it involves a nervous system that responds to subtle bits of information in the environment. Whether it be sound, color, tone of voice or any other nuances, if it’s there, an HSP will catch it, dissect it, analyze it, ponder it, feel it, talk about it, meditate it, and philosophize it until we’ve touched the stars.
On a more positive note a HSP is creative, curious, conscientious, a hard-worker and a wonderful organizer. In other words, we care a whole hell of a lot more than the average person, so we may tend to feel rejected and a little more stressed. We are also blessed with psychic intuition, an appreciation for music and art and excel when it comes to compassion and spirituality.
I would like to share a piece of poetry that best describes a HSP, by Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973),
“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him (her)… a touch is a blow,
a sound is a noise,
a misfortune is a tragedy,
a joy is an ecstasy,
a friend is a lover,
a lover is a god,
and failure is death….Add this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create…so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his (her) very breath is cut off from him (her). S/he must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency s/he is not really alive unless s/he is creating.” – Pearl S. Buck
If you too are a HSP, come join me in our blessed qualities and I say use it to your advantage because with 80%-85% of the rest of the world operating on a low standard of humanity we are going to need all of the help we can get.
A few lifestyle changes have definitely helped me to stay strong when the wind blows too hard or the thunder and lightening starts to strike.