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Susan Cain's book Quiet was a catalyst for the introvert movement that helps bring awareness towards personality types with a greater need for solitude and less stimulating environments.
With one third to half the world's population made up of introverts, it's great that we finally began to acknowledge and talk about the unique set of traits and tendencies.
Along with introversion, sensitivity has also made the headlines and been widely discussed.
The personality trait was first researched by Dr. Elaine N. Aron in 1991.
All of her important findings have been published in various articles and in her book, "The Highly Sensitive Person."
Although it's a trait being acknowledged more, Aron states that sensitive people are still often considered the minority of the population.
She emphasizes that culture plays a large role towards how sensitivity is valued.
Aron writes: "In culture where it is not valued, HSPs tend to have low self-esteem."
"They're told don't be so sensitive, so that they feel abnormal."
"We want to raise this issue and help promote more acceptance towards highly sensitive people."
Approximately 70 percent of the introverted population is made up of HSPs.
Not all introverts identified as HSPs, but there seems to be an overlap between the two traits that is too important to ignore.
Here's eight signs you are a highly sensitive person.
Number one: you feel deeply and tend to be more emotionally reactive.
Have people often called you deep when you provide your insights?
Then, you may be an HSP.
HSPs tend to feel things more deeply and are more naturally inclined to react emotionally towards situations.
Dr. Ted Zeff, author of "The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide", writes...
They like to process things on a deep level.
They're very intuitive and go very deep inside to try to figure things out.
Overall, HSPs are empathetic and care a lot for others when they're having a tough time.
Since your emotions run deep, when others suffer, you can also feel their pain.
This helps you stay open-minded when you can easily put yourself in the shoes of the another, and understand what that person is going through.
Number two, you prefer to exercise alone.
Highly sensitive people often avoid team sports because they're uncomfortable with the audience watching their every move.
According to Dr. Zeff, the majority of HSPs gravitate towards solitary sports such as running, hiking and bicycling.
This allows time for you to reflect and get away from overstimulating environments as you simultaneously work on reaching your fitness goals.
However, in some circumstances, HSPs may enjoy playing in team sports if they're brought up by a parent, who provided a supportive environment that made it easier for them to get involved.
If you were encouraged by a nurturing family and good friends, then you may find yourself flourishing in team sports too.
Nurturing one sensitivity is the key to helping them grow comfortable with activities they may not be naturally inclined to enjoy because it allows them to feel safe to take risks.
Number three: it takes you longer to make decisions, because you are concerned about making a wrong or bad decision.
When you're sensitive, it takes you more time to make decisions, even though there may not be a right or wrong one.
For instance, it may take you longer than others to choose what you want to eat from the restaurant menu.
This is because you have a tendency towards weighing all the options that are provided.
Even if you already have a good idea about what you want to choose from the menu, you can't help but think about the what-ifs and explore the possibility of other dishes based on their descriptions.
As a result, when it comes to making big life changing decisions, such as where you want to move, or what career you want to work, you may often feel paralyzed and overwhelmed by the various potential outcomes you imagine from each possibility.
Number four, you pay attention to subtlety and small details in general.
You're sensitive to changes in your immediate environment and the people who's surround you.
You may notice the small details such as the new color someone paints their nails or the tiny crack on someone's lamp that wasn't initially there.
When you're identified as a highly sensitive person, it's hard for you to miss subtlety because you're prone to reading between the lines.
Generally, as someone who has a lot welling up inside you, you make it a habit to notice things.
Because everything affects you strongly.
Number five: you are highly conscientious and have extremely good manners.
When you're highly sensitive, you care a lot about the way you present yourself, and how your actions may affect others.
You tend to be considerate towards other's needs and what to do things in a way that creates convenience rather than causing trouble for them.
You put a lot of effort even in the smallest actions, such as making sure you put an item back where you got it as you're shopping, to prevent troubling a staff member to do it.
You're the type of person to always thank your waiter at the end of the night for their service, and leave a generous tip.
It leaves you feeling uncomfortable when you're not exhibiting polite mannerisms to the best of your ability.
Number six: you are prone to having anxiety or depression, especially if you've had many bad past experiences.
As an HSP, if you experience a lot of negative events in your life, you may have developed anxiety or depression over the years.
According to Dr. Aron, this is because your nervous system often operates in anxious mode, when you don't feel safe in your environment.
Your nervous system is meant to alert you about potential danger, so when it's used to doing that in abundance, it causes you to stay on edge for long periods of time.
This is why it's crucial to have parents, who nurture your sensitivity with just the right amount of care.
If they make you ashamed for being sensitive, it prevents you from understanding and using your sensitivity in a productive way that can help you grow.
But if they protect you too much because of your sensitivity, then it may cause you to have difficulty making transitions in life and adapting into new situations.
Number seven: violent or horror movies are not your cup of tea.
When you're highly sensitive, you're overly stimulated by violent or horror films that sensation seekers often get a good adrenaline rush from.
Realize that there's nothing wrong with turning down horror movies.
Your nervous system will be much happier that you did what's best for you.
Number eight, you work well in team environments.
When you're highly sensitive, you tend to be a deep thinker.
This makes you a valuable person in team settings because you're able to analyze situations and figure out how everyone's strengths and talents can be used to help the team work more efficiently.
In addition, you can also identify many of the pros and cons when it comes to decisions-making.
However, you may not be comfortable with being the person in charge of making the actual decisions.
Instead, you may like to play the role of someone who negotiates and helps facilitate discussions rather than the person who has to take action.
Still, with the right amount of encouragement in good practice, HSPs can make exceptional leaders with their ability to empathize with their co-workers and having an open mind when problem solving.
Would you consider yourself a highly sensitive person?
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8 Signs You're a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

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歐小拉 published on August 19, 2018    Tiffany Yu translated    Evangeline reviewed
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