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I Am a Highly Sensitive Person

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    I get judged a lot for it.

    Especially at home. It makes for very stressful living conditions. I once killed a bug and felt bad about it...it wasn't even a gross bug either.
    JustThat6irl JustThat6irl 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    "A human creature born abnormally,

    inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death." Pearl S. Buck, (1892-1973), recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and of the Nobel Prize in...
    persypussy persypussy 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 9

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    Come One, Come All ..... The Freak That Is Kathieredart

    ( deep breath ) I don't know if I will be able to write this... And if I do, will I be sorry? As many of you get to know me, you may have noticed that I , in fact love you, but I have to " go away." I am " gifted " they say, although that word is like a swear word to me. The...
    Kathieredart Kathieredart 56-60, F 9 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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    Yeah, I'm weird. I'm a sensitive guy.

    You may see me walk down the hallway. Crowds of people stare or laugh, and inevitably gossip behind my back, but I keep it cool. My outer expression will not change if you call me names, but you are never forgiven. I will hold the largest grudge. So when you see me, and you...
    TheSmartestManOnEarth TheSmartestManOnEarth 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 23

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    I try to hide it because people don't seem to

    like " sensitive " people .
    romi777 romi777 31-35, F 5 Responses a week ago

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    i think i am a HSP. i wasnt sure to begin with

    but my friend took me through a test and apparently i am. for example, i flinch to loud bands and noises. i have a very sensitive nose to strong scents. i love smells but sometimes they can be too much and its that bad i can hardly breathe even with the smallest spray of...
    Mistygosa Mistygosa 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 23

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    Male, And Sensitive

    I don't have too much to say.... But I am extremely sensitive, you can hurt me easily... the smallest acts of kindness can affect me more then you know... I will listen to you, and i will care about you... I might not even know you! and i will still care. I have a lot of love to...
    LonelyPandaBear LonelyPandaBear 18-21, M 3 Responses Feb 2, 2011

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    My sensitively has ruined my relationship,

    I end up breaking up because I too sensitive over little thing, trying to be calm person and not react over silly or simple thing, trying to more understand my feeling, it was hard but thanks there is internet that I can search and learn how to understanding your own feeling...
    Kiwijjuices Kiwijjuices 26-30, F 1 Response May 21

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    So, I thought I had this

    as one of my experiences. Only in a couple ways am I highly sensitive. I came across one way again tonight with these dang dogs that we have. One of them had a bone, the other is highly sensitive and started a fight with the "bone" dog... I was dishing up my food for supper...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71 41-45, M 1 Response Jul 4

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    Since I Was Little

    I am a highly sensitive person. I have been since my first memories of childhood. Soaking in the moods, expressions, tones, and perceived feelings of the people around me. Thinking some how that I was the reason for the moods of everyone. Whether the moods were good or bad...
    newlifeforme73 newlifeforme73 36-40, M 19 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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    Uxio Uxio 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 23

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    I feel relief in the notion

    that my brain may be wired a certain way and that there are others who live similarly. I have lived with a sense of guilt for almost my entire life about the way I perceive the world. I know as a child my family would call me shy and assume that I didn't want a lot of...
    nallees nallees 26-30, F 5 Responses Feb 21

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    Being An Hsp

    It's strange, to be highly sensitive in a world that's all about competing and getting in people's face to get ahead... and I often feel like the situation is complexified by being male, and highly sensitive. After all, guys "aren't supposed to be that way." Or, if they...
    Denmarkguy Denmarkguy 51-55, M 22 Responses Dec 26, 2007

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    The Hsp Student/worker

    "HSP students work differently from others. They pick up on the subtle things, learning better this way than when overaroused. If an HSP student is not contributing much to a discussion, it does not necessarily mean they do not understand or are too shy. HSPs often process things...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 8, 2012

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    i dont understand why some people just giveup

    their character and personality for certain things in life.Dont they feel ashamed of what they do and what they say, someday in the future? I never accept the fact that a guitly feeling is enough for the things they do to hurt and humiliate people around them.Its a lie to...
    mellifluousme mellifluousme 22-25, F 7 Responses Jan 25

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    I will never cry in public

    or in front of friends. I am however a VERY sensitive person. This seems to backfire on the people closest to me because they bear the brunt of all my emotions when they finally leak out.
    oceanicdreamer oceanicdreamer 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 25

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    And That's Not Always Easy

    The world has always seemed a strange place to me. I have a natural understanding of things, like a natural law or something. I feel everything - people, animals, trees, bugs and other people's emotions have played a huge part in my life. People who are angry or negative upset me...
    Scarlet2 Scarlet2 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 18, 2011

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    I have always felt that I experience more

    emotional pain than others, but I used to think of this as a character flaw rather than an inborn trait. When I was in middle school, I remember wishing that something genuinely bad would happen to me, like there would be a death in the family, so that I would be able to express...
    kaylie2323 kaylie2323 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    Picking Up The Pieces

    New to this site and may not fully understand it yet but I'm sure I'll get there in the end! I am male 23 and in my past (about 8 or so years ago) I had plenty of trouble with being to sensitive. Being blamed for things was a huge problem, remembering mistakes so clear as if...
    Matt1207 Matt1207 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 12, 2013

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    A girl I used to like in middle school

    once yelled at me, saying that I was annoying her. It cut me real deep; I think that may have been the first time I've gotten my heart broken (Really? Heartbroken in middle school?) I didn't even really like her that much, I just thought she was pretty and a cool girl. That was...
    JustAnotherHuman34 JustAnotherHuman34 18-21, M 4 Responses May 12

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    I recently (within the last year) discovered

    that HSP was a thing. Something that explained my "weirdness"/"different-ness". That it wasn't just me. That I wasn't alone in being this way. Growing up - in an abusive environment - I was often beaten for "being too sensitive" (among other things). My point is: I wasn't...
    AlleywayGospel AlleywayGospel 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    Are Sensitive People More Vulnerable To Being Taken Advantage Of?

    I'm a highly sensitive person. Along with many other things, this means that I'm sensitive to the needs of others. I wear my heart on my sleeve and am extremely considerate of other people's feelings, time and needs. But sometimes people take advantage of this. They expect...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 11 Responses Feb 3, 2011

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    I Am A Hsp But Will I Ever Find Love?

    I don't know where to begin. I just found out I was a HSP back in October. It changed my world and how I precised myself. It was definitely a relief and a shock. I thought I was the only one but I did find a friend who was also a HSP. So there are many out there somewhere...
    TwoTearsInABucket316 TwoTearsInABucket316 31-35, M 13 Responses Nov 24, 2012

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    I Always Knew...

    ... that there was something "different" about me. However, it wasn't until I read Elaine Aron's book "The Highly Sensitive Person" in 1996 that I knew there was a name for it. I just figured that I was "too thin skinned" as everyone kept telling me...
    Denmarkguy Denmarkguy 51-55, M 5 Responses Dec 27, 2007

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    About a week ago I went to my massage therapist

    and close friend. She asked me how I'd been feeling since my car accident brought up a lot of emotions for me. Physical pain being the largest issue, saddness and a feeling of hopelessness, alone feelings etc. So I got on the table and I fell into a depth I haven't allowed...
    Owleeeeease7 Owleeeeease7 36-40, F 3 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    Apparently So.

    Can empathy expand to nature as well as people and animals?  Maybe empathy is for all things living. It pains me to see children chasing foxes off of their property with a golf cart while screaming.  The foxes have nowhere to go anymore.  All the woods around us...
    ChevyGirl ChevyGirl 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 20, 2009

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    courtneyyyx331 courtneyyyx331 18-21, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    As far back as I can remember,

    I've always been hypersensitive. Sometimes it would manifest in physical ways like getting too drunk too fast after ONE drink or hating spending too much time in the sun because I'd get hot, tired, and hungry. In my work life, I am the first to feel left out of the...
    ReBrods26 ReBrods26 26-30, F 3 Responses May 18

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    Wow, just stumbled on all of these articles on

    Highly Sensitive People and feel like I can finally pinpoint all of these feelings I have had since I was a child. I am an ENFJ and a virgo and have had a pretty stressful/traumatic life and all of this just makes sense now. I always thought that I was OCD or had anxiety, but...
    Dcenter10 Dcenter10 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 28

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    Being on EP can overwhelm me at times

    so I take little breaks. Everyone's stories can pile up and fill my brain.
    hischelsea hischelsea 46-50, F 2 Responses May 10

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    it pains me to see people going through things

    with no one to talk to or care for them, and to feel like theres nothing I can do for them. everybody needs somebody
    kalisza kalisza 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 17

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    I Would Like To Clear Up A Few Things About Sensitive People

    This is my personal interpretation of an HSP! A) It's not only about having one's feelings hurt easily. I know many people that are easily hurt but are not sensitive. People who are truly sensitive care about other's feelings as much as they do their own. They generally try to...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 55 Responses Aug 9, 2011

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    “Sometimes we spend a lot of time trying

    harder in the wrong direction.” ~ Mary Delaney As a sensitive person I am susceptible to drama. My temperament is prone to stronger reactions. Something involuntary and prefabricated. It is not the kind of personality trait you want to expose to the public, because others...
    iNtuitiveFEeling iNtuitiveFEeling 51-55, M 1 Response Jun 25

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    I wanted to play a game online,

    to see if my internet connection is fast enough, but I didn't do it, because I didn't want to be insulted by others for lagging. I can't believe that I'm like this! I guess I'm ashamed of it. When I play online and make a mistake I feel terrible. I never argue with other...
    AmIAMaleHSP AmIAMaleHSP 26-30, M 1 Response May 24

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    Most of you may know

    that being subject to this is both a blessing and a curse; just always remember that being a HSP makes you special. Appreciate it.
    JackP94 JackP94 18-21, M Jul 20

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    It might seem strange

    for somebody who engages in a lot of activity for public consumption, but I am very sensitive, probably too sensitive for my own good. I'm one of these people who hates criticism of any kind being levelled against me. A lot of the time it is warranted, but still it gets me down...
    smbkopite smbkopite 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 3

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    I am seriously highly sensitive.

    I can't even look at pictures without feeling an intense feeling. I find myself to not have a lot of friends because of how observant I am towards others body language and tone of voice and just down right feelings and moods. I'm just now learning that I am a highly sensitive...
    hendrixxoxo hendrixxoxo 26-30, F 7 Responses Mar 31

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    Sometimes my sensitivity is more a burden

    than a blessing to me. When I hear sirens of an ambulance or police approaching, I get really stressed out, cover my ears as fast as I can and sometimes even close my eyes. Also noises startle me easily. Just a few days ago someone sitting next to me swatted a fly on the table...
    Sorfarina Sorfarina 26-30, F 3 Responses May 10

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    Soulmate

    True love. It's a fantastic concept. It's the drum my heart has beaten to since I can remember. It's the one thing I have always wanted. It's also the one thing I can not seem to even come close to finding. I am such a different person. It's hard enough for me to make friends...
    RoselynnMagnolia RoselynnMagnolia 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 8, 2013

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    Does anyone else cry

    when getting evaluated for something, like work or school?
    aveliney aveliney 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 24

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    The American Image

    America, why are you so obsessed with image? As an HSP, I can’t help but notice a trend. And as an HSP, I can’t help but question it. It baffles my mind, and I know I’ll never be able to understand it. It’s called image, and its importance is all around, in places you may...
    Jackball Jackball 26-30 6 Responses Mar 2, 2011

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    I used to go to a therapist (well a kind of

    therapist) since i was 15 years old, but I met my best therapist last year when i was on a trip to Barcelona with my father when he was attending a seminar. There I got acquainted with a Colombian girl whose father was also attending the same seminar. She was 8 years older than...
    persypussy persypussy 18-21, F 10 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    So someone told me today to check it out

    and it brought me to a online test. She had sent me a link to a site after I had told her I get affected by others moods, and the test was check all that apply, I had 16 out of 27 and if you scored 14 up you were most likely a HSP :/ so yea that was news to me
    ImNotOkayWhyCantYouSeeThat ImNotOkayWhyCantYouSeeThat 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I never knew what was wrong with me~ even

    as a child I disliked large gatherings, sensitive to sounds, light and being touched~ others said I was being overly sensitive or thinking too much~ I just recently discovered this trait and it fits me to a T~ I admit I was relieved and felt a little concerned at the same time...
    tennesseeflower tennesseeflower 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 3

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    I get jealous very easily.

    I feel hurt when someone likes someone else better than me. It makes me feel like I'm not fun enough, or pretty enough, etc. I take everything personally and get very sad when people don't give me attention because I think they hate me. I do a lot of things for people because I...
    kbeary kbeary 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 26

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    Justbreathe27 Justbreathe27 16-17, F 2 Responses May 9

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    I'm sensitive about everything.

    I feel everything so intensely and deeply. I'm not just sensitive about my own feelings but also to the injustices and pain of others. And there is so much pain and injustice in this world that it's exhausting taking it all on!! Why can't there just be prescription meds...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    majority of my ive always been sensitive.

    people's words can hurt me to the depth of my soul. i hate to be insulted or yelled at. whenever my feelings are hurt, it can bother me for days. people always told me to grow a thicker skin but i can never do it. i try to suppress the feelings and play like its okay. it works...
    zanityone zanityone 18-21, M 4 Responses May 17

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    I let all the bad things in the world get to me,

    but especially missing and exploited children. Child abuse in general gets to me deeply. I feel it's a helpless fight.
    dirtydarkness dirtydarkness 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    It's hurting me so much at the moment.

    Does he not care at all? God I'm such an idiot.
    emelon12 emelon12 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    It's All In Your Head

    no, it's not! I DO smell, hear, taste something, even if you don't!! I read a book about this so I know it's not just me that likes saltine crackers, plain!
    RemyTravis RemyTravis 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 11, 2007

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    I think it's okay to be sensitive in a lot of

    cases. I find that it makes me more considerate of other people because I try to see things from their perspective.
    kissthedeadly kissthedeadly 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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