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Are You a Highly Sensitive Person?

Updated: Jan 1

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person? Sensitivity can be defined as how intensely one reacts to sensory input.

Sensory input includes the five primary senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Other channels that humans use to connect with their environment are a bit more subtle, like movement, balance, perception of time, breath, hunger, thirst, sexual attraction, and elimin

We all encounter sensory sensitivity to varying degrees, often without even noticing. Have you ever jumped at a loud noise or grew anxious while driving down an unfamiliar road? Do you clench your jaw or chew on your nails? Perhaps you prefer certain textures or ambient temperatures? As we grow, new neural impressions leave imprints on our brains, our reactions to these events turn into habits, our likes or dislikes toward them become our preferences.

You may be considered a highly sensitive person if your habits and preferences define your daily life in a noticeable way.

Highly Sensitive People:

● Carry deep passionate attachments to music, art, food, etc.

● Get sentimental when faced with great beauty, nature, or drama

● Are acutely aware of inner body sensations

● Become overwhelmed and startle easily

● Notice and process emotional cues that others miss

Such receptiveness requires a lot of self-love and gentle care. When you automatically consider others first, favor solitude over company, or daydream frequently, don’t assume these traits are weaknesses. Empathy towards individuals, animals, situations, and environments means you are aware and intelligent. That’s why you should never be embarrassed over who you are, or for showing your feelings.

“The real warriors in this world are the ones that see the details of another’s soul. They see the transparency behind walls people put up. They stand on the battlefield of life and expose their heart’s transparency, so others can finish the day with hope. They are the sensitive souls that understand that before they could be a light, they first had to feel the burn.”

― Shannon L. Alder

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