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Do you belong to a special 20% of the world’s population that has more sensory receptors in the brain than the rest? If so, you are a Highly Sensitive Person, which means that you have some gifts but also some “oddities” that are completely justified.

Do you avoid watching thrillers , violent movies, or any other content that is so intense that it upsets you? Are you moved by beauty no matter how it is expressed (art, nature, human spirit, etc.)? Are you often overwhelmed by sensory stimuli, such as bright lights or uncomfortable clothing? Do you do everything you can to avoid stress or any situation that might disrupt your day?

Do you feel the need to switch off when you’ve had a hectic day and retreat to a quiet, dimly lit room to recover? Do you feel tired of yourself, how much and deeply you think, how strongly you feel about things that most people don’t pay much attention to?

If you answer yes to many of the above questions, you most likely belong to a special group of inhabitants of this planet: the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). You don’t have anything.

I mean you have, but it’s not alarming as long as you can recognize the signs of those who can make your life difficult.

The benefits of Highly Sensitive People

Studies have shown that Highly Sensitive People tend to have a greater number of sensory receptors in the brain . This is why they process more information than non-HSPs , while having a deeper sensitivity to physical, emotional and social stimuli.

They have also been shown to have higher levels of serotonin and dopamine (see neurotransmitters), which are associated with emotional regulation and mental well-being.


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If you are a highly sensitive person, you were born with a predisposition to process and receive information at a much deeper level than most. You are more open-minded, perceptive, compassionate, intuitive and self-aware. You stand out for a greater emotional intelligence and a great creativity, while you are characterized as passionate people. This is one side of the coin.

The other has to do with the fact that the more aware you are of your environment, the more easily it can overwhelm you, and therefore the more prone you are to anxiety and depression.

13 Problems Only Highly Sensitive People Can Understand

Psych2Go , a community dedicated to providing content on mental health and psychology, has released a video featuring 13 problems that only HSPs can understand. Let’s see them.

1. Highly Sensitive People cannot function without sleep

Most people aren’t very functional if they haven’t had a good night’s sleep. However, those belonging to Highly Sensitive People become more grumpy, sullen and ready to explode on any occasion. This is because studies have shown that they need more sleep than the other 80% of the Earth’s population to function.

2. They cannot withstand very loud noises

Can’t even stand the idea of ​​being at the hottest club in town on a Saturday night? You may be a Highly Sensitive Person. HSPs thrive where there are huge crowds and loud noise. That is, at concerts, clubs or festivals. When they are in such environments, they “lock down”. That’s why they avoid them. They are not boring people. They are just protecting themselves.

3. They often feel emotionally drained

Do they often tell you how much they appreciate your empathy and you find it hard to say thank you because it’s something that often kills you? A characteristic feature of being a Highly Sensitive Person is that you feel everything more deeply and more intensely than others. Often absorbing and reflecting what others are feeling, especially when you are out of the house all day, results in emotional ups and downs.

4. They scrutinize social interactions

Have you ever been in a situation where your friends deified you for how well you “read” a situation? This is because it notices many things, which are cues that others often miss, especially in social situations. You are very good at picking up on non-verbal signals and analyzing the other person’s tone. Unfortunately, this means you tend to overanalyze things, which can lead to hair-raising.


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5. Highly Sensitive People are very sensitive to violence

How do you feel when you see bloodshed in movies? Or when you hear the details of a heinous crime? If you think “no, no and no” it is a sign that you are a Highly Sensitive Person. HSPs have strong instinctual reactions to violence and brutality, even when they know it’s not real-life situations – when they see it in movies. You feel uncomfortable in any slick relevant description.

6. They have trouble moving on

You broke up 3 months ago, but it feels like yesterday. You were betrayed five years ago, yet you still feel the pain. It is a result of your high sensitivity. One of the most painful downsides to being so sensitive is that you have a hard time letting go of something bad that has happened to you. The emotional pain you have felt has been with you for years. In the back of your mind you know it’s not that serious, but you can’t help but make it serious.

7. Highly Sensitive People are uncomfortable with change

Do you feel anxious, nervous when you go to a restaurant for the first time or try something you’ve never done before? Do you spend so much time getting comfortable with your usual routine that anything different feels uncomfortable? Navigating new environments can become difficult for you because of your high sensitivity. This is because you need to assimilate all the new recruits so that you start to feel comfortable.

8. They don’t react well to criticism and arguments

You deliver what you’ve been asked to do at work and hear that it wasn’t what your boss wanted. How do you feel; Highly Sensitive People are among the kindest and most loving people. They are emotional and sensitive. So, they need a special approach. Criticism, raised tone of voice and irritation hurt them deeply. Even if the other person’s intentions are not bad.

9. They don’t work well under pressure

There are people who are more effective when under pressure. They are definitely not Highly Sensitive People. Deadlines and anything else that causes time pressure can create serious mental distress for them. They hate to rush and do many things together. They feel most comfortable taking their time with their jobs, giving 100% to each one.

10. Their boundaries dissolve easily

When a friend is disappointed or asks for the help of a Highly Sensitive Person, they feel bad for their own person. They are known for their compassion. But how bad do they feel? Can they say no if it’s something that crosses their boundaries, or is the compassion (deeper) so intense that it breaks those boundaries? The latter is true, which is why they often end up saying yes to many things, even when they don’t want to, in order to please those around them. Don’t let them down.

11. Highly Sensitive People are their own worst critics

Still thinking about a little mistake you made earlier in the week? We all make mistakes, but HSPs have a hard time coming to terms with their personal failures. They beat themselves up about everything and set very high – impossible – limits. No one is harder or more demanding on them than themselves.

12. They need time to themselves

Isolation is a problem for many. For Highly Sensitive People it is a must. They cannot be around other people for very long. Some days this is something they can’t handle because they manage everything on a deeper level. They need more time to rest and recover from all the mental and emotional energy expended.

13. Highly Sensitive People are often misunderstood

Because only 1 in 5 people are highly sensitive, it is difficult for everyone else to relate to and understand the perspective of HSPs. In addition, many may not know that this element exists, which is not entirely a voluntary choice.

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