HSP, or high sensitivity
The concept of HSP (high sensitive person), or high sensitive personality is something you hear more and more often these days, but what exactly does it mean? In whom does it occur, how often does HSP occur and what are typical HSP characteristics? You can read more about it below.
To begin with, HSP is an English abbreviation of "High Sensitive Person", also known as High Sensitive Personality. In Dutch, we say ?high-sensitive person?, which amounts to high sensitivity. A term made famous since 1992 by the American psychotherapist Elaine Aron. Aron hypothesised that a large part of the population has a different functioning of the nervous system and brain that makes them experience the world in a different way.
By Elaine Aron revealed that there are some people who process stimuli in a different way that makes them notice external but also internal signals faster and experience them more strongly. As a result, a high-sensitive person can be easily overstimulated by his environment. For example, crowds in the sense of loud music, large groups of people, many tasks to complete, etc.
This high sensitivity, in turn, causes a high-sensitive person, also called a highly sensitive person, to withdraw to recharge the "battery" in order to experience inner peace again.
A highly sensitive person and their environment
An HSP, highly sensitive person, perceives much more from his surroundings. Small details in the environment are noticed earlier and the psychological state of others around them are also experienced strongly. Smells and tastes are also strongly experienced. This is because the brain in combination with the nervous system filters stimuli in a different way.
Thus, a highly sensitive person may sometimes suddenly experience mood swings. In many cases, this may be due to the psychological state of one or more people around him. This is because a highly sensitive person immediately experiences what mood is going on in another person. This is a well-known characteristic of HSP. In many cases, this mood of another person directly affects his own mood. As a result, the highly sensitive person can quickly start to experience this mood himself, often completely subconsciously. This can be very confusing for a highly sensitive person. He or she will therefore often wonder why this feeling suddenly takes over. Not knowing that these emotions come from another person and are taken over unconsciously.
This works the same way with medication and food hypersensitivity, for example. A highly sensitive person is much more likely to experience small changes in themselves. This can be very confusing and often even cause fear of losing control.
Highly sensitive people also suffer more from allergies in many cases. These too are reactions of the nervous system that react excessively.
HSP characteristics, what do you feel if you are highly sensitive?
As you have now read, HSP brings with it several traits. The best-known HSP traits in high sensitivity are listed below:
Known HSP characteristics
- More intense and detailed perception (hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling)
- Strong ability to sense moods and atmospheres of others
- Perceives others' moods as well as her own very strongly
- Have a strong sense of justice which can cause conflict
- A rich inner experience of the world which goes hand in hand with dreaming and fantasising
- More impressed by art and music than average
- Only being able to attach value to something when there is a feeling involved
- A stronger connection with nature
- Willing to help and assist others
- Generally perfectionist in nature
- Good empathy
- Have highly developed intuition
- Seems about a 6the sense to possess
- Profound and creative
- Thinking in images (pictures)
HSP characteristics can cause complaints in many HSPs quite often. The best-known of these complaints and symptoms due to high sensitivity are listed below.
Complaints due to HSP
- Difficulty finding rhythm in life
- Difficulty planning and getting structure
- Often feeling restless due to outside stimuli
- Needs a lot of time to process impressions and come back to himself (overstimulated)
- Can quickly worry about something and is easily upset
- More quickly suffer from symptoms such as stress, tension, anxiety and fatigue
- Experiencing more frequent physical complaints such as gastrointestinal complaints, headaches and allergies
- Rather closet of pain
- Difficulty with life changes
- And a high-sensitive person is often very picky
HSP a disorder or a character trait?
These symptoms would almost make you think that HSP is a disorder, but that is absolutely not true. In fact, high sensitivity is purely a natural trait of the person. In fact, it has been studied that 20% of the population have HSP traits to a greater or lesser extent. In men, women, children, adults and even animals, high sensitivity has been found to occur!
Perhaps the description of HSP sometimes seems negative but the opposite is true. A highly sensitive person is actually very special. These people have their own take on things and are often very creative and can come up with solutions someone else would never think of. They therefore seem to have a 6th sense, but cannot tell why they know something. Something just tells them how it is. You will also often hear HSPs say, "I just feel that it is like this". Highly sensitive people also generally have very well-developed intuition.
Unfortunately, high sensitivity can easily become a disorder in our current society, where stress is one of the most common syndromes. After all, we live in a society where everything has to be done quickly and we are bombarded with stimuli. You will understand that HSP can therefore be experienced as a disorder for the person himself. After all, this is confirmed time and again by the environment. Highly sensitive traits are actually not appreciated these days. Despite being such nice traits, we unfortunately no longer live in a society that makes use of them. A highly sensitive person will therefore often not have both feet "grounded" on the ground. They are busy a lot in their head and sometimes feel like they are floating next to reality. As if they no longer quite live in the ?here and now'.
Movies about HSP
What is HSP and what are known HSP characteristics?
In the video below, Elaine Aron explains in her words what HSP is
The highly sensitive child (HSK)
Standing stronger with HSP
You can try a start with mindfulness and meditation. You can find plenty of videos about it on youtube. You will start to experience much more love and relaxation and get closer to yourself as a result. Try just sitting quietly for 10 minutes every day and counting your breath. Or slowly start scanning your body from bottom to top and accept what you are experiencing.
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You can also find all kinds of books on HSP that will help you feel stronger about yourself.
High sensitivity is beautiful
Never forget that a high-sensitive person has very beautiful qualities that you can be proud of! The fact that HSP characteristics can cause complaints does not mean that you are a less beautiful person. On the contrary, I think it makes you more beautiful!
Believe in yourself and most importantly, accept yourself! Just remember that you never have to answer to another person. You are good the way you are, it's human. Remember mate that 'normal' people can often learn a lot from highly sensitive people! :)