HSP stands for highly sensitive person, Doctor Elaine Aron is credited with this research finding. She has worked on it for more than two decades since the early 90s.
Her research suggests, that around 15-20 percent of people are HSP. Also, it is not a disorder. It is innate, meanings it’s in your genes. Brains of highly sensitive individuals work a little different from the others. It is seen in animals also as a survival state in animals by observing before acting.
It is not typically associated with introverts. Around 30 percent of extroverts are HSP. So even if you are an extrovert, introvert or even an ambivert then you should have look at it.
If you are a Highly Sensitive Person, then
16 Signs You are Highly Sensitive Person
1. You are a deep thinker
You are often engaged in your thoughts, they never seem to leave you. Most of the times you are thinking about something or the other. You are a person who usually feels engaged in reflection and introspection.
2. You seek answers to questions that most would ignore,
Since you are a deep thinker you engage in many questions to life and its meaning. You have that philosophical bent of mind.
3. Empathize strongly,
If you often see yourself empathizing rather than sympathizing, then probably you are a Highly Sensitive Person. HSP individuals strongly feel the pain of the others. Hence empathizing comes naturally to them.
4. A Coffee might give you a headache,
In most cases, coffee helps you with your headache but here it can give a headache. Since you are sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
5. You get Uncomfortable with loud noises,
You are predisposed to prefer silence and you get irritated easily with loud music or noise.
6. You get overwhelmed with strong smells, sirens and bright lights,
Being a highly sensitive person, you are susceptible to bright lights and strong smells.
7. You are detail oriented,
You are very careful about any task assigned to you. You do proper planning and test drills before the actual event.
8. You abhor change,
You get annoyed or shaken up if someone changes your room, get transferred to another place and other changes in life.
9. You consciously make an effort to avoid an overwhelming situation,
An HSP makes an effort to avoid situations which will be a sensory overload for him/her. HSP tries to avoid situations that would make him/her upset.
10. Test anxiety almost comes naturally to you,
Ever felt nervousness or anxiety continuing during exam or test. An HSP can relate you to it. You perform worse if you are being observed or are in the test environment with competitors.
11. You need time off from sensory overload,
You have a place where you find solace. You often tend to retire to a quiet place after being overwhelmed/ sensory overload.
12. You know about your environment like a fox,
You are a fox when comes to sensing your environment, without looking you are aware of what is going on around you. This comes with the fact that you easily get stimulated.
13. You often get startled by the sudden noise,
You get frightened easily from sudden movements or sudden noises.
14. You hate making mistakes,
You make efforts not to make mistakes or errors. As a result, you carefully deliberate over things and make sure there is no chance that you make errors.
15. You know what’s going on,
Your complex understanding of things and general observant nature makes you a perceptive person, who knows who is angry and when? For that you don’t need to ask, you just know.
16. You are highly self-aware,
Being an HSP is not so bad, as you are the master self-awareness since you are analytical and deep thinker this comes naturally to you.
Being HSP is not a disadvantage it makes you more receptive and responsive to your environment. You’re probably like Peter Parker (Spiderman) whose senses keep ting a ling when danger or uncertainty is ahead.