The Highly Sensitive Person
Innate sensitiveness as Dr. Carl Jung originally coined it, is an innate trait not a choice. Biologists have found it in over 100 species. Later coined as HSP by Dr. Elaine N. Aron, the brain of a highly sensitive person processes sensory data more deeply and thoroughly due to a biological difference in their nervous system.
Common signs of HSP are sensitivity to loud noises, bright or fluorescent lights, and strong smells. Noticing everything leads to being over stimulated when things are too intense, complex, chaotic or novel for an extended period. Click here for the test.
This trait reflects about 20% of us that have a certain type of survival strategy, being observant before acting. When overloaded the stress reactions can be; reactive, irritable, impatient and complete withdrawal. Calm touch and soothing quiet can reset the parasympathetic system.
With a nervous system that is easily overwhelmed it’s best to plan ahead and be aware of the triggers and environments that cause the greatest stress. Sensory overload is easily experienced in large gatherings like; parties, concerts, hospitals, airports, subways, etc. Other triggers include conflict and violence. One can not overcome environment the best stress relief is to remove oneself.
HSPs are more likely to show up at adult education courses, study groups with a focus on the deeper or more esoteric aspects of religions, art classes, lectures on psychology, poetry readings, Mensa gatherings, symphonies, opera and ballet performances and spiritual retreats of all sorts.
Quiet time in nature, a grateful attitude and deep breathing can balance the nervous system. Create a set routine for bed, fresh food, time off and gentle exercise. Enjoy small gatherings with close friends and loved ones.
The attributes of HSP’s can be remembered as DOES:
- Depth of processing.
- Over aroused (easily compared to others)
- Emotional reactivity and high empathy
- Sensitivity to subtle stimuli.
Dr. Orloff is a pioneering therapist who counsels the highly empathic. Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize their feelings. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners and world-class nurturer.
The trademark of empaths is that they know where you’re coming from. If empaths are around peace and love, their bodies assimilate these and flourish. Negativity, though, often feels assaulting and exhausting. Click here for the test.
When empaths absorb the impact of stressful emotions, it can trigger panic attacks, depression, food, sex and drug binges, and a plethora of physical symptoms.
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