Are your own feelings easily bruised and do you worry endlessly about hurting other people’s? Do you well up when watching charity adverts for illness or animal cruelty, dislike scary films or feel bothered by loud or irritating noises (think music coming from somebody’s earphones) in a way that those around you don’t? Then you could be a Highly Sensitive Person, or HSP, a condition that’s common but until now rarely understood.
From an interesting article for those with these feelings
“Many of us have made our world so familiar that we do not see it anymore.
An interesting question to ask yourself at night is, what did I really see this day?”
~ John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Science has demonstrated through the use of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging that a positive emotion such as gratitude and compassion broadens the minds ability and increases its capacity. (Fredrickson, 2004.) By contrast, negative states are thought to induce the opposing tendency, engenderin...
About 1 in 5 people are highly sensitive -- equal in both sexes
Highly sensitive people are complex in their characteristics. They tend to have been shy, timid children. They are creative, react to the smallest change in their environment, subject to mood fluctuations, organised, hardworking and conscientious and empathic.
Perhaps the most distinctive trait is their tendency to become overwhelmed when their senses are overloaded. Such as in crowds of people, social occasions, or with smells and noise or hav...