I'm happy to be here. I have been in the reddit community of HSP for quite some time and have found some differences in how the community is represented. I gave the HSP test and scored 21/24, or similar. According to the scale, I was an HSP, but looking at the conversations in the Reddit community, I was not sure if it resonated with my experiences.
I have high empathy towards others, but I don't feel bad about myself for being sensitive. I see a lot of comments of hate/anger towards being an HSP. I think there is a broad spectrum of people who are HSP. I might be wrong, but I'd like to see what others think.
I think Highly Sensitive Person is an extensive-term. We can be sensitive to emotions(feel), but not to other sensory inputs like sound, smell, or touch. I am sensitive to the "feel" and experience emotional sensitivity, both positive and negative. I think nurture plays a vital role in raising an HSP kid, and results of that can be seen on different HSP personalities. Unfortunately, some of us have experienced trauma and adverse childhood and hence relate to being HSP as the cause of suffering, which is understandable. HSP's thrive when the environment they are in is conducive to their personality. We have added a new forum category, "Sensory Processing Sensitivity," to discuss different sensory sensitivities like sound, touch, and smell. I think we still are very early in exploring this dimension of sensitivity.
Hi Elis! I too found KindlyWired via Reddit. I haven't posted much - but then I tend to go in spurts between blathering on and going completely Radio Silent.
vickie Thanks, Vickie, for that. Yes, We are not broken. I'm happy that someone else also thinks that way. Thank you so much. I agree, some situations or events are hard, and can cause us stress and overwhelm. But, accepting our trait is the first step towards improving our life. I like to focus on the positives - the joy of recognizing the small things (subtle changes), empathy and compassion for others, and kindness that I have to offer others. But, due to a broader spectrum, it's impossible to categorize all in one.
I'm glad you don't feel bad about being sensitive; that's great! I'm still getting over feeling bad about being sensitive. I know it's because my family was so negative & shamed me for being so sensitive; actually they still do.
Christiana Hello Christiana, I'm sorry your family didn't understand your sensitivity.
I am sensitive to other beings, and do get involved in an emotional rollercoaster from time to time. I practice Stoicism for mental strength. I've found the practice to be very useful. I call it Sensitive Heart and Strong Mind. I think Abhi had mentioned this somewhere as well.