9 Signs You’re a Highly Sensitive Person (And Why That’s Actually Awesome)

Did you know that the population is made up of 15%-20% highly sensitive people?

However, many people get confused with what highly sensitive really means. It’s not the same as introversion, though both can be related. These individuals are hypersensitive to a range of stimuli, from caffeine consumption to anxiety and pain. 

There are certain commonalities of highly sensitive people, according to the Highly Sensitive Person Scale of Aron.

Below we’ve outlined 9 of them and we’ve also discussed why you should be incredibly proud to be a highly sensitive person. 

Noisy environments are chaotic for highly sensitive people.

They are incapable of working efficiently in open office spaces as their senses are tested and overdriven by sounds, sights, buzzing activities and smells.

They are quickly overwhelmed and shaken up during task overload.

They are much better at sticking to one task and getting it done with immense quality. 

Highly sensitive people are hangry individuals.

Hangry or angry when they are hungry. Such is the sentiment of being hangry that they vent out their frustrations on everything and everyone. Why? They feel their hunger like you wouldn’t believe!

Highly sensitive people are capable of recognizing discomfort of other individuals.

They have the ability to sense others emotions, and easily emphasize with others. 

They fail when under any kind of observation.

People who are highly sensitive are known to give them best performance when they can just be themselves. The results are disastrous when they have to perform in front of others, as they are so acutely aware of the observers. 

Highly sensitive people love arts.

They appreciate the discipline and experience a creative spark in the process.

These individuals avoid anything that’s violent, especially media.

From playing graphical video games to watching movies depicting violence – highly sensitive people avoid them all, even horror movies!

Loud noise causes discomfort among highly sensitive people.

Whether it’s a display of fireworks or a rock concert show, they have a low endurance level for them.

They escape from overwhelming situations and events.

Highly sensitive people prefer being alone, for example, in a dark room or bedroom after a chaotic and long day or week. They use the time to recharge and recuperate.

However, highly sensitive people are not individuals with any kind of disorder. It’s just that they deeply process sensory data more than others.

Why you should be proud to be a sensitive person

If you’re a highly sensitive person, you probably think that you’re mentally ‘weak’, or even ’emotionally unstable’. Unfortunately, this is what has been in embedded in society.

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However, it’s incredibly important to know that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Actually, being sensitive shows that you’re truly compassionate, loving and alive!

You know what the real shame is?

That people don’t feel comfortable expressing emotions.

Not only is it unhealthy, but it makes progress so much harder. How can we truly move forward if we can’t be honest with each other?

So without further ado, here is a beautiful quote that reminds us how beautiful and much-needed sensitive people are in a world that seems to be losing its authenticity every single day.

“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.” – Anthon St. Maarten

Originally published on Ideapod’s blog.

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