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I Am a Highly Sensitive Person

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    Or I think?? I took the HSP test

    and although I may identify with 10 or so statements, only some of them speak to me loudly. I feel like I don't fit in with other HSPs and I don't feel like I fit in with non-HSPs. I'm okay with being an HSP so I can read the appropriate stuff and talk to others about it, but...
    lcruz lcruz 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    It only takes a few real conversations,

    and I'm getting what pulls me in. Careful through the snake is my ally, and we know when to strike. I know sharing is not fun, but , I need something more.
    Isis27 Isis27 36-40 1 Response Mar 27

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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 Feb 9, 2014

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    I'm a very sensitive person!

    I get upset over pretty much everything and I can't even talk about my feelings to anyone! Even when I see someone get upset and they are getting attention from others, it makes me feel worse! how do I talk about my feelings in a healthy way to where people won't hate me?
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 10

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    I am sensitive to others

    but also in the spiritual sense as I can feel peoples fear, anger, pain, suffering but also their joy and happiness. I believe its a gift we all have and its a question about building upon it and nurturing it in order for it to grow. I have always been a caring person and...
    AX5625 AX5625 31-35, M Mar 3, 2014

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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 41-45, M 16 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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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 58 Responses Aug 9, 2011

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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 21 Responses Dec 26, 2007

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    I just want to express my feelings right now.

    I just feel tired. I cannot sleep due to loud noises and I keep thinking. My chest is heavy and I find myself trying to catch a breath here and there. I just started to cry minutes ago just out of nowhere..I just want to go to sleep. .Maybe I should have posted this story on the...
    littlejxoxo littlejxoxo 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 4

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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 8 Responses Mar 31, 2014

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    Having learnt that not communicating

    when I'm going through inner turmoil, I'll just spill it here, sort my thoughts out and let them out into the world. First things first: I love being super sensitive to everything that happens inside and outside of me. I understood that feelings are messengers and guides. I do...
    Sorfarina Sorfarina 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 6

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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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    and I'm wondering if anyone has tips

    that work well to reset after being overstimulated, or to drown input out? It's becoming harder to deal with places like cafeterias and noisy siblings. .
    BrightAurora BrightAurora 16-17, M 3 Responses Mar 21

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    Some say I am a very sensitive person

    but truth is i just feel too much. Every word, every action and every bit of energy goes straight to my heart, mind and soul. It can be both a blessing and a curse. At times, I wish i could just shut it off.
    enchantingsub enchantingsub 41-45, F 2 Responses May 8

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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 7 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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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 3 Responses Jun 17, 2014

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    Is it normal for me to get frustrated

    and overwhelmed with math easier than my classmates because of my sensitivities? I feel like I can't figure out solutions as quickly to complex equations :/
    BrightAurora BrightAurora 16-17, M Mar 26

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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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    When I was a boy and

    even today I always have difficulties understanding and connecting with the conventional male and with people in general. While able to boast here in honesty about my powerful, lean body, frequently ferocious disposition and much-higher-than-average libido, i am without the bold...
    BabbyKing BabbyKing 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 22

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    im very sensitive!!!!

    !! and it sucks. :O whenever i was a little kid people used to call me a cry baby for crying. bu i always think the tears are justified.... it just takes a lot more to make me upset. :O
    Slothislife Slothislife 18-21, M 1 Response May 10

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    Oftentimes I feel like I am surrounded by

    idiots. Then I realize it's not their fault they were born insensitive. My body gives me access to information that most people are not consciously aware of. Still I really hate to think "I told you so" all the time, because it simply means more wasted opportunities.
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 3 Responses Jan 11

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    I have always been described

    as overly sensitive. I thought I was level headed, but just lately I have been crying a lot, and filled with irrational thoughts, such as social services will take my little girl away from me. There is no reason for them to, I know this, so why do these thoughts petrify me so...
    Crazyjaney Crazyjaney 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 13

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    This is what I get- A lot of isolated tortured

    souls posting descriptions of their personality and life experience on a website, Which I read, in the soul sucking torment of isolation, on the glass screen of an electronic gadget. No intimacy to be found. this stuff is priceless
    Ajushi Ajushi 41-45, M Feb 11

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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 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 18, 2011

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    Can anyone relate? thoughts?

    I think I sometimes come along as an angry or grumpy person, but I think it's just because bad things happening affects me harder than than it does others. I know that I am a good person, but I'm afraid that people won't be able to see it because my feelings have a habit of...
    placesivebeen placesivebeen 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 12

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    My hubby's Fam keeps complaining

    that I'm too overly sensitive. Which I don't get bc thy get insulted at things I say and do just as easily as I do with what they say and do (btw I happen to think I am Nicer and much more of a giver than they are) and lately they told my hubby I was too overly sensitive bc it's...
    Tobyfire Tobyfire 26-30, F 1 Response May 19

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    I remember listening to radio at my mom's work .

    I was drawing when I heard about murder that happened in the same place where my brother was imprisoned. They announced that some of the prisoners killed another prisoner for sitting at the wrong table (inside rules ). They came to his cell at night and beat him to death with...
    Gelezinis Gelezinis 70+ 1 Response Feb 28

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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, 2014

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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 51-55, F 1 Response Jun 3, 2014

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    I generally have an inkling of how those

    closest to me are feeling, perhaps I'm more perceptive...I generally let them come to me
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I am, and always have been a highly sensitive

    person. I feel very intense passion and happiness, but I also have a temper and get very angry, and very upset. I am very sensitive to negativity just as I am very inspired by beautiful things. Over the years, of course people have judged me for it over the years... I've been...
    pixieowl pixieowl 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 27

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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 12 Responses Feb 3, 2011

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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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    For me the worst part about being an HSP is my

    need for downtime. When you pick up on so many details and process them so deeply, your body requires extra time to rest to recover from over stimulation. In a perfect and understanding world, this would not be a problem at all as everyone would get to have the right amount of...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 9, 2014

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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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    Being a highly sensitive person has been

    such a curse for me. I feel every little thing so deeply and I wish I didn't get emotional so often over things other people would say are small and insignificant.
    beebeexoxox beebeexoxox 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 28

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    For most of my life I’ve effectively dodged

    conflict. I was called the peacemaker in middle school and my family members call me the diplomat. I’m called sweet, shy, timid, refined. These labels aren’t self-promoted, though, and I’ve always been conflicted with incorporating them with how I truly see myself. I’m...
    kaylie2323 kaylie2323 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    I've always been highly sensitive

    as I can recall it. Although I wasn't much of a cry baby as a kid, I've only understood a few years ago that being highly sensitive wasn't something that everybody was, and it explained everything I'd been feeling since childhood. Empathy, feeling overwhelmed by smells, noise or...
    Nokomis Nokomis 18-21, F Mar 6

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    I hate it so much :( ……;;8;&,

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    LonelyRollingStar LonelyRollingStar 18-21, F Apr 27

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    There is no middle ground ,

    no grey area I either feel with extreme intensity Or I feel nothing at all I'm extremely sensitive Extremely intense Fueled by emotion Love is often painful for me So is opening myself up to anyone I think I would rather be less evolved On a lower frequency Unable to...
    Angelofthesilencess Angelofthesilencess 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 26, 2014

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    It comes from being feminine,

    not totally but a lot.I wish there were more people who accepted and understood that there is a lot of good that comes from a sensitive feminine man.
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    I recently stumbled upon one of the books,

    Chicken Soup for the Couples' Soul while sifting items in my grandmothers home, to help her move. It is a series of books that can include stories from various people of all ages, on love, triumph, heartache, miraculous moments, things that are truly inspiring. This book covered...
    joydream joydream 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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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 10 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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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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    I'm the only person in my family

    who is like this.. I walk in my home and could hear and sense the tv being on upstairs it doesn't bother anyone else (bugs the hell out of me), the lights give off an annoying buzzing/hum that gives me intense headaches ( no one else is affected), in an 'empty' room I hear and...
    Adrien001 Adrien001 18-21, M 1 Response May 13

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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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