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Signs You're A Highly Sensitive Person

Have you ever wondered if you or someone you know is a highly sensitive person (HSP)? Some people are more sensitive than others, and not just emotionally, also to energy, sound, light, and other physical stimulus. They process information deeply, which can often lead to them becoming overstimulated by their environment.

You're Very Emotional

Let's start with the obvious! If you have strong emotions, either when happy or sad, it is a sign you are highly sensitive. You may cry easily and find it difficult to contain yourself. This can be great, as when you are full of joy, it takes over you completely. However, if you are sad, it can be tough to get yourself out of that mindset and cheer up. Everyone gets emotional sometimes, but highly sensitives feel it almost constantly.

You Hate Violence and Cruelty Of Any Kind

Everyone hates violence and cruelty, but for highly sensitives, it causes intense distress and a feeling that's difficult to shake. You know you're a highly sensitive if you can't watch very scary or gory movies without feeling physically ill. Similarly, watching the news and hearing about any brutal acts that have taken place would cause the same, if not worse, effect.

You Have Been Called Oversensitive

This is the trademark characteristic of a highly sensitive! HSPs are obviously more sensitive than the people around them, which often leads others to say that they are 'oversensitive', or 'crybabies'. As a highly sensitive, this can be difficult to hear, as you can't change who you are. Trust that the people who love you will accept you no matter what.

You Think Deeply

As mentioned before, HSPs think deeply and like to process the information available to them. When life throws them a curveball, they retreat and take their time to think about every aspect of the situation. Small things in their own life (or even someone else's) can have a big impact on them. HSPs can't be rushed and need their own space in order to think things through.

You're Overwhelmed By Lights and Sounds

Many HSPs have heightened senses, which causes them to get overwhelmed by bright lights and loud noises. For example, fireworks may be too much for them, or rooms with strong smells might make them feel sick. Having sensitive senses can be tough, as you can't always control your environment, but there are upsides, as you experience other pleasures in life even deeper!

You're Generous and Compassionate

HSPs are natural caretakers, and will comfort those who are suffering by offering a gentle approach. They often go out of their way to avoid hurting someone's feelings, as they can't stand being the reason why someone is upset. Highly sensitives can understand other people's emotions so easily, that it can sometimes seem like magic! HSPs almost always know what a situation needs.

You Absorb Other People's Feelings

HSPs aren't necessarily empaths, but they do absorb other people's emotions like an empath would. Highly sensitives are able to walk into a room and sense the tone in it without even talking to anyone! This is because HSPs are aware of subtle social cues, for example, facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice. Add this to their naturally high levels of empathy, and it's not a surprise they take on other people's feelings.

By Pia Louisa

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