Have you ever sensed or felt things others couldn’t or didn’t notice?
A highly sensitive person or ‘HSP’ is a term to describe those with an increased central nervous system sensitivity to process physical emotional or social stimuli.
These people are often more perceptive, empathetic, self-aware and intuitive. Which means they tend to have a deeper sense of love, intimacy and emotional connection in their relationship with others.
So here are eight surprising traits of highly sensitive people:
1. They notice subtle details that others miss
Do you notice even the smallest changes in others whether it’s a change in appearance or a shift in behavior, you somehow always notice.
Highly sensitive people process sensory information more carefully. So you may be naturally talented in observing the finer details and reading between the lines that others tend to overlook.
2. They take more time in decision making
Does it take you longer to make decisions?
Highly sensitive people process more information than others, where they relate and compare what they observe to their past experiences.
So it may be quite normal for you to take more time in making decisions since you need to take into account every option and outcome imaginable.
Impulsivity and spontaneity is something you dislike, since you don’t want to regret your decisions later on.
3. They can be easily overwhelmed
Do you often feel overwhelmed when you have several things to do within a short amount of time?
Compared to others Highly Sensitive People process a lot more information, so it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.
Too much sensory stimuli such as noisy crowds, bright lights or uncomfortable clothing can also be overwhelming.
So you may have a tendency to stay away from parties, nightclubs or concerts.
4. They need more downtime than others
Do you find yourself needing time away from others?
Since you become overwhelmed easily, it’s essential to have some time to unwind and decompress.
Whether you’re meditating or playing games in your room, this time alone helps you recharge and clear your mind.
So it can be common for you to disappear from your social groups for a few days at a time.
5. They are more self-aware than most
Are you more introspective than most?
With heightened sensitivity, you tend to be more in touch with your feelings and thoughts.
Compared to others, you are more able to be aware of and recognize your own strengths, weaknesses and needs, which may result in a richer and satisfying inner life.
6. They experience emotions on a deeper level
Are you the type to wear your heart on your sleeve and struggle to mask your true emotions?
Highly sensitive people have a tendency to make decisions based on their feelings
Because of how you are able to feel things more deeply than most, you tend to make decisions based on those feelings and react to situations more emotionally.
7. They are their worst critics
Do you always doubt yourself especially when you are attempting something challenging?
Highly sensitive people are often perfectionists and can sometimes be their own worst critic.
The stress you may feel when completing a difficult task can even be multiplied when you are watched and evaluated by others to the point it affects your performance.
This is also why embarrassing mistakes may tend to stick with you for a very long time.
8. They tend to avoid violent media
Do you find watching violent scenes on TV or movies extremely uncomfortable or unsettling?
With an increased central nervous system sensitivity to process subtleties and details, highly sensitive people do not typically fit into the same category as people who seek adrenaline rush.
Catching a violent or horror movie may be too overstimulating.
So how many of these traits did you relate to?
Do you think you are a hightly sensitive person?
Tell us about it in the comments below!