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The Highly Sensitive Person

A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is a person having the innate trait of high sensory processing sensitivity.. 
Highly sensitive people, who compose about 20% of the  population (equal numbers in men and women), may process sensory data much more deeply and thoroughly due to a biological difference in their nervous systems.  This is a specific trait, with key consequences for how we view people, that in the past has often been confused with innate shyness, social anxiety problems, inhibitedness, social phobia and innate fearfulness, and introversion.  The trait is measured using the HSP Scale, which has been demonstrated to have both internal and external validity.  Although the term is primarily used to describe humans, something similar to the trait is present in over 100 other species.

To take the self-test and find out more, please click on the links below:

Find out if your child is Highly Sensitive

These tests, are the result of empirical research on HSPs and will give you a good sense of what high sensitivity is.  

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.