In our culture, sensitivity is frequently viewed as a flaw, especially when an HSP is under stress. We feel upset and overwhelmed when there is too much sensory input, too much to accomplish, or too many people, and we seek to flee the unpleasant situation. Depression, anxiety, and anger are all normal reactions for an HSP person.
Being sensitive means having strong feelings about something that others find trivial. It doesn't make you weak, it just makes you human. Most people have some degree of sensitivity, but not everyone who feels everything they sense is emotionally stable.
If you're told that being sensitive is a weakness, try not to believe it. Instead, think of it as a strength, because it shows that you care about other people's feelings. And since you can't control what others say or do, it's best if you don't react in kind. When someone tries to hurt your feelings by calling you "soft" or "weak," simply reply, "I don't think so."
Being sensitive is not only acceptable but also desirable in a person. People like us help each other by showing empathy and compassion. We need to feel important to know that we're valuable and deserving of love. Without these feelings of self-worth, we risk falling victim to depression and anxiety.
Despite the fact that too much sensory or social stimulation can overwhelm HSPs and cause them to become overwhelmed and withdrawn, they are diligent, creative, hardworking, and driven persons. According to Aron, HSPs will not suffer meltdowns at work because they cope with stress discreetly, spending their spare time alone to recover. A high-functioning HSP may appear to be less sensitive than others, but this is only because they hide their sensitivities well.
HSPs are very aware of others' feelings and often take on other people's responsibilities. If an HSP works with others, they tend to get along well with everyone except those who cause them pain. Because they are so aware of others', it is easy for them to pick up on negative emotions such as anger and resentment and they may even feel compelled to help someone if they see a problem with them.
However, HSPs do not like responsibility and will usually not want more work assigned to them. If you try to make them feel responsible for something that isn't their fault, they will feel uncomfortable and guilty and this will show up in some way. It is important to understand how HSPs function so that you don't force them to do things they don't want to do.
It is normal for HSPs to prefer working alone on one-to-one projects where they can control their environment.
While they love social events, extroverted HSPs, like other highly sensitive individuals, experience things more intensely, including sensory information as well as other people's emotions, and as a result, they may become overwhelmed despite their want to participate. In addition, because of their high sensitivity, extroverted HSPs tend to avoid situations that might cause them pain or discomfort.
Extroversion is the dominant personality type among men. Among women, introversion is more common than extroversion. Extroverts are sociable people who enjoy being in the spotlight, while introverts prefer privacy and solitude. However, there are also introverted extroverts and extroverted introverts. Intuitively, this makes sense - an introvert wouldn't be able to interact with many people without losing themselves inside their own minds, and an extrovert wouldn't be able to feel all the sensations around them without getting overexcited.
Introversion and extroversion are just two dimensions on which everyone falls somewhere on a scale. There are also other traits that describe a person's overall behavior, such as sensitivity and anxiety. These other traits may help explain why some people appear to be both introverted and extroverted at once.
The term "Highly Sensitive Person," or HSP, was coined by psychologist Elaine Aron. HSPs, according to Aron's idea, are a subgroup of the population with a high level of sensory-processing sensitivity, or SPS. The word "sensitive" here does not mean weak or unable to handle stress, but rather that these individuals' senses (particularly their sense of touch) are very responsive to changes in their environment.
HSPs are found in all types of societies. There are several theories about why some people are more sensitive than others. Some scientists believe that it is due to genetics, while others think it is related to life experiences. What's for sure is that there are many HSPs out there who feel overwhelmed by even small amounts of noise, light, or tactile stimulation.
Some studies have shown that HSPs make up 15% of the general population. Others estimates are higher, at 20%. However, since most highly sensitive people don't talk about their condition, there is no way to estimate how many there are really out there.
There are two main characteristics that identify an individual as an HSP. First, they must experience certain levels of sensory discomfort when exposed to certain stimuli. Second, they must also report feeling overly affected by smaller details of their environment than other people do.