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I Am a Highly Sensitive Person

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    My story is a little different in some ways

    but really similar in many other ways. Let's start out with the positive. :) Unlike a lot of other people, I have gotten positive feedback in elementary school for being sensitive. In first grade, my teach told me that I was nice and sensitive. I thought about what she said A...
    Sweetiel3elle Sweetiel3elle 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 11

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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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    How intriguing. After a couple of very

    restless nights, in which I observed myself going through some kind of accelerated catharsis... some kind of energetic resettling.... with my body being physically tired but my psyche doing overtime ... now I'm feeling like it's "all systems GO"!!! I wonder if it has something...
    Injoy1767 Injoy1767 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 19

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    I didn't exactly know how to feel

    when I read about HSP. It felt as if I was reading my emotional autobiography. I've always been quite a sensitive and emotional person but now, growing up, it's different. It almost feels paranormal. Almost. It's as if I can read feelings, and thoughts even. The slightest noise...
    IthinksoIam IthinksoIam 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 29

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    How can I get over someone

    as quick as possible? I've just seen the person I like kiss someone and it's breaking my heart :'( I feel annoyed and sick, that I can't even cry. What shall I do?
    eleanorxx eleanorxx 13-15, F 4 Responses Nov 29

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    Dont like this. Hypersensitive.

    Hypervigilant. overly, overly. To the point of paranoia. But negative. Dont like myself so much think other people think those things about me. Makes me want to hide. I am working on this. Its so easy to fall into and get extremely depressed with. Amongst other things. Its...
    Bonnienz Bonnienz 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 1

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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

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    I wasn't always a very sensitive person

    until this year.... Now I always cry, if my boyfriend tells me something nice, I cry tears of happiness. I get scared easily, i cry easily, etc etc. I wonder what happened this year to make me like this
    TheOcarinaHero TheOcarinaHero 16-17, T 1 Response Oct 19

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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 9 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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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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    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 2 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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    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

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    Wow I think I'm a HSP!

    I started when I was about 17. But as a child I was sensitive. (Emotionally). So probably all my life. Now, I'm also noise sensitive. I can't sleep because any noise keeps me awake (I have another alternative way to sleep which is stressful which I've been using since age 17...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 3 Responses Oct 18

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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 56 Responses Aug 9, 2011

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    I've been reading "Making Work Work

    for the Highly Sensitive Person." It's a very helpful book for me because, after lots of thought and attempts to stick it out, I quit my professional job around a year ago. I was feeling really bad about myself before I started reading this book. I couldn't understand why so...
    AboveTheTrees AboveTheTrees 46-50, F Nov 13

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    http://www.experienceproject.

    com/stories/Am-Highly-Empathic/5099883
    KnaisGuy KnaisGuy 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 10

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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 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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    I am sensitive to the point

    where I jump anytime I am alarmed by an approaching stranger, the click of a camera, even the crunch of a chip! It's terrible, to the point where I have been asked if a bomb went off next to me as a child. Any remedies?
    opheliarevived opheliarevived 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 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 11 Responses Feb 3, 2011

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    It's nice to feel but I sometimes wish I wasn't

    this way, as the smallest things can get me down. It exacerbates every problem and I'm very tired of feeling sad all the time.
    Awhiteorchid Awhiteorchid 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 26

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    School is a total chore.

    I love the experience of learning new things (the actual schoolwork) but being in the school enviroment is what gets the better of me. Even if noone says anything, I can sense it. I sense that all the other students in my surroundings feel bad in one way or the other. Some more...
    Qriztina Qriztina 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 2

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    My cat had kittens and one was a runt

    and should have died but I saved his life and we bonded and my dad wants him to be put to sleep. I can't stop thinkin about it. Him and peaches are my only friend :(
    SammyTheBroken SammyTheBroken 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 5

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    I'm such a highly sensitive person.

    I wish I never grew up to be this way. I believe my past brought me up like this. Yelling or when someone speaks to me in a bad tone makes me want to cry. I take everything so sincere.
    cvtz cvtz 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    When people dont like me,

    i can sense it.. I stay away from them after ive tried reaching out yet its like talking to a wall.. Literally, cuz they really ignore u Also, hurtful words sticks with me till i sleep and even till the next day or the day after.. Hurtful words which wer delivered through jokes...
    Chiscuit Chiscuit 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 14

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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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    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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    In college my friends would often confide with

    me for emotional support and advice. I didn't mind, but back then I didn't realize that I was actually taking on an incredible burden. Eventually, because my school was so small, I became romantically entangled with my friends who continued to share their difficulties and...
    aninsideoutfox aninsideoutfox 22-25, M Nov 22

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    Hello all. This is my first time on this site.

    It looks interesting and like it might help me by connecting me with other sensitive people. Sometimes I feel so alone in this world being this sensitive. I often feel like a 'freak' or like I just can't find a place to fit in. This feeling has been very intense lately as I am...
    Shanseal Shanseal 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 13

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    It is weird how highly sensitive I am.

    The wrong setting of words can send my mind on a twist and crash coarse. I think it comes from the fact that when I find someone that I can relate to I start to care about them on a deep level. I cling to them and I start to develop this relationship with them. Even though it...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 18

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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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    being too sensitive or to feel everything

    so very deeply is a curse!
    NostalgicSpirit NostalgicSpirit 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 11

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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 1 Response Nov 8

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    courtneyyyx331 courtneyyyx331 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 26

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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

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    it really sucks, i take everything with heart

    and it simple things make me cry. it is really annoying sometimes {alyx}
    crazyhyperkid crazyhyperkid 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 29

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    Where could I possibly live one day 1: can't

    stand isolation and solitude in the countryside 2: can't stand noise in the city 3: can't stand any noise. Full stop. Unless it is a sound I WANT to hear. Like my own music when I WANT to hear it
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 Oct 18

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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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    Went to the checkout,

    my father left me to pay with his wallet etc to get something he forgot, I saw that he didn't have enough money, he came back, I told him, he practically humiliated me in front of the cute checkout guy that knew me, and outright told me how stupid I am because the rest of his...
    trappedgirl17 trappedgirl17 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 30

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    I am a HSP and this isn't something you can

    change. Growing up I always complained about itchy clothes and the tags on them. When I hurt my foot it ached for about a year. Whenever I fell I had to mask my pain because it wasn't accepted if you cried. Being sensitive wasn't something positive and I saw how people treated a...
    nuttyduck nuttyduck 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 29

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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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    and I do need some advice

    if anyone has the time. I am taking an EMT course in school, and something I need to have is to be a leader, self-starter. Now naturally, I am shy and my HSP status just amplifies my feelings in the spotlight. I am not turning this into a career, but just to be a better leader...
    BrightAurora BrightAurora 16-17, M 2 Responses Sep 9

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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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    About a year or two ago I realized I was a

    highly sensitive person and still am today. I'm very sensitive to light and sounds and specific fabrics I can't wear if it's too scratchy or if the tags aren't sown on right. In addition, I'm very sensitive in my feeling and right now I'm battling anxiety and depression over my...
    rorimori rorimori 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 25

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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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    "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

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    My friends funeral was today.

    I couldn't make it. Now he's 6 feet under. I never get to see him again. Ever on this earth. I always loved how he wasn't afraid of death because he knew where he was going. I have a feeling I'll be meeting him there. He was such an uplifting person. He spread so much laughter...
    mkmoore mkmoore 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 15

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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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