Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?
Is this you?
Have you ever been told you are "too sensitive" or "difficult to deal with"?
Are you easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens nearby?
Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time?
Do you have a job everyone else thinks is great, but you believe your talents aren't being properly used?
Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows?
Do you need to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation?
Do you sometimes question yourself whether you'd ever be happy and have a successful career?
Wonder if anyone else feels like you?
If you find you are highly sensitive, or your child is, I’d like you to know the following according to Dr. Elaine Aron, expert in the field of Highly Sensitive People:
Your trait is normal. It is found in 15 to 20% of the population–too many to be a disorder, but not enough to be well understood by the majority of those around you.
It is innate. In fact, biologists have found it in over 100 species (and probably there are many more) from fruit flies, birds, and fish to dogs, cats, horses, and primates. This trait reflects a certain type of survival strategy, being observant before acting. The brains of highly sensitive persons (HSPs) actually work a little differently than others’.
You are more aware than others of subtleties. This is mainly because your brain processes information and reflects on it more deeply. So even if you wear glasses, for example, you see more than others by noticing more.
You are also more easily overwhelmed. If you notice everything, you are naturally going to be overstimulated when things are too intense, complex, chaotic, or novel for a long time.
This trait is not a new discovery, but it has been misunderstood. Because HSPs prefer to look before entering new situations, they are often called “shy.” But shyness is learned, not innate. In fact, 30% of HSPs are extroverts, although the trait is often mislabeled as introversion. It has also been called inhibitedness, fearfulness, or neuroticism. Some HSPs behave in these ways, but it is not innate to do so and not the basic trait.
Sensitivity is valued differently in different cultures. In cultures where it is not valued, HSPs tend to have low self-esteem. They are told “don’t be so sensitive” so that they feel abnormal. If you find you are
If you identify with any of the above information and would like to take a test to confirm, click here for a self-test.
If you are a Highly Sensitive Person who wants to have a successful career or business while remaining true to who you are, you are in the right place. I help Highly Sensitive People learn to appreciate and manage their Sensitivity and Intuition gift to build a successful career and business from who they truly are. A Highly Sensitive person myself, I've spent a lifetime integrating this beautiful trait in all it's strengths and challenges working in areas of fast-paced corporate world, government positions, entrepreneurship all focused on service, and learned all the tricks that work and don't for HSPs to create a successful career or business.