Being a Highly Sensitive Person

Recently I learned about the term Highly Sensitive Person or HSP. I have always been a sensitive person but I didn’t know there was some sort of acronym to describe it.

A highly sensitive person is someone who “experiences acute physical, mental, or emotional responses to stimuli.” In my experience, it is responding more intensely to things than the average human.

I have always been highly sensitive about absolutely everything. If I was uncomfortable as a kid, I would often cry because of how upset and uncomfortable I felt. I have always been really effected by sadness, fear and pain.

If I was nervous about something I would (and still do) get stomach aches. If I was really stressed about something, I would get actually sick until the scary thing was over.

Today I am still very sensitive about most things. I think having anxiety and depression amplifies my sensitivity, they all feed off each other.

For most of my life I didn’t understand why I felt emotions so deeply. Why did I cry all the time when others didn’t? Why did I feel so hurt by negative comments?

As an adult I have been able to handle my sensitivity much better since I understand myself more. When I’m feeling very sensitive I make sure to take extra good care of myself. I let myself work at my own pace, enjoy my favorite foods, listen to music that makes me smile and not be so hard on myself.

Would you classify yourself as a highly sensitive person? If so, how do you cope with it?

33 thoughts on “Being a Highly Sensitive Person

  1. I have been called an extremely sensitive person and I do think that my anxiety and depression amplifies how I react to situations 😦 I will have to do some research on this! ❤ thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hey, this subject touches me too.
    I wrote a blog a few months back if u want to have. Wee read.
    life’s energies
    Thank you for your perspective and sharing ☺️

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  3. Yes!! This is one of the things I discovered about myself maybe two years ago? I think? I have a few posts about it 🙂

    It can be both a blessing and a curse- though at first I only saw the curse aspect. Best of luck, Megan! xo

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  4. I’m definitely sensitive! Easily upset and loathe being given a fright, a bit over-excitable, etc etc. Basically every feeling that I have appears to be more exaggerated than for ‘normal” people. But that is my normal. Great post! Katie

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  5. Hi Megan, thank you so much for sharing this. I am a highly sensitive person and I’d say that being older has helped me cope with my sensitivity. Whenever I write exams or test, i write in an isolated venue because of my sensitivity. I try to work alone whenever I can. I dress comfortably and eat as healthy as I possibly can. I used to struggle with getting my hair done when I was younger but things got better with time. ❤

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  6. I am not a sensitive person. So sorry can’t help you in that regard. But would surely like to say that Your words describe your emotions aptly. Well written.

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  7. Oh….so i could have this HSP?

    But why does my body pain so bad everytime i suffer verbal abuse or ofinancial abuse NOT physical abuse. It feels like i have taken a beating, my ribs are so sore that i cant breathe…
    This is part of having this HSP?

    Thank you…..i am asking more questions….

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  8. I always ask myself “why the hell do I have feel everything?” Or
    “Who am I to feel the pain of every person out there?”
    But then,I realized that it was both my strength and weakness

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