What is an HSP?
Highly Sensitive People (HSP) make up 15 - 20% of the population.
Individuals with this trait are able to notice more of their subtile environmental cues; including the behavioural and emotional states of themselves and others. They process information to a great depth than others, and feel emotions at a deeper level. They can become easily overwhelmed and over stimulated; resulting in the need for greater down time.
Individuals that are HSP (aka Sensory Processing Sensitivity, SPS):
Are born with this trait - it is biological.
Equally found in women and men.
Have higher capabilities of empathy.
Increase to overstimulation from sensory input.
Process information at a deeper level.
Sensitive to the subtitles in environment.
Have more areas of their brains (limbic system) activated.
Have nothing wrong with them!
More in tune with the emotions and behaviours of others.
More disturbed by violence, anger, tension by others.
Great appreciation for beauty.
Deep creative inner world.
Commonly confused with: Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Autism, Aspergers Syndrome
Common Qualities of HSP/SPS are:
Creative Stick up for the underdog Compassionate Spiritual Loyal Focused Understand Emotion deeper
Need their alone time Ask deep thought provoking questions Intuitive Efficient
Concerned about animal/environmental issues Appreciate music/art Organized Easily affected by hunger
Aware of changes in their body Feelings can be easily hurt Disturbed by loud noises Respond more emotional
Dr. Elaine Aron in 1991 began to identify the innate temperament traits of an HSP and was the first to coin the term: Highly Sensitive Person, HSP, SPS.
To take Dr. Aron's self test to determine if you might be an HSP click here.
To take Dr. Aron's self test to determine if your child may have HSP click here.
For books on HSP click here.