Someone sent you this link recently, or mentioned the term “HSP”?
This page will explain the term “Highly Sensitive Person”, or “High Sensory Person” a bit. So you can understand the other human better.
In a nutshell: HSPs receive more information than around 80% of the population. You can find the trait in around 20% of humans, animals, and even plants. Biologists have found this in more than 100 species. So, it is intended by nature, for sure.
HSP animals for example are the ones recognizing danger in far distance, by increased hearing and visual abilities. Or they are the ones deciding where it’s a good place to sleep tonight.
HSP humans will recognize subtle face expressions, hear tiny sounds in far distance, or feel the emotional state of another person easily and automatically.
These are just a few examples of how HSPs are perceiving reality a bit differently.
Quite obviously any system that receives a lot of information also needs capacities to process them. Therefore HSPs need more time to rest, to be able to process all the information received. The non-HSP people can easily filter out the information already in the first place, while HSPs are forced to receive everything.
In conclusion HSPs will take more naps, will look for quiet places, and will look for harmony and beauty around them. If they are in a healthy environment and circumstances, they can be extremely beneficial for others or a group, with their intuitive ideas, conclusions on complex topics, seeing trends or developments very early, and all the other benefits of their “supercomputer” brains and nervous systems.
Other than that, HSPs experience positive and negative emotions more intensely as well. Many of them perceive and take harsh critic extremely personally, but experience the beautiful experiences in life more intensely as well. Some of them say it’s like heaven and hell on earth at the same time.
You don’t necessarily need to communicate with HSPs differently. Just be aware of the facts of their trait, and be able to understand them better. This will lead to better connections and a higher quality of life on both ends.
You want to know more about it?
Or have doubts that this is a real thing?
Here you can find more resources:
- Sensory Processing Sensitivity (Wikipedia)
- A letter that describes the HSP trait very well, by Julie Bjelland
- A letter for health practitioners, by Julie Bjelland
- HSP Quiz, by Elaine Aron
- Elaine Aron (Inventor of the term “HSP”)
- HSP Documentary (The Untold Story, with Alanis Morissette, IMDb review)
- HSPdb (Questions and answers/solutions for daily life topics of HSPs)