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
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...