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I Am a Highly Sensitive Person

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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 1 day ago

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    I cry about everything.

    Maybe once a day. I can't take a joke. If someone hits me as a joke I would cry. If someone takes picture of me as a joke without me knowing and it's ugly, I would cry.I also get called mean names. I get very emotional when I rewind my bad memories and just start crying.I'm a...
    manotham manotham 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 23, 2014

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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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    It is an unthinking unfeeling world of

    emotionally unintelligent carnal minded abusive selfish people. Survival for an empathic sensitive good hearted person - which is no more than a few percent of the population - requires being insulated with loving cathartic intimate relationship. Without that, a person like...
    Ajushi Ajushi 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 11

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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 2 Responses Nov 29, 2014

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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, 2014

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    It wasn't until I was 52

    and recovering from ptsd that I found out about HSP. My ENTIRE life made sense. Now I'm working on a way to help other Sensitives find strengths in their perceived weaknesses
    VayJayBrigade VayJayBrigade 56-60, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 7 Responses Feb 28

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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 am very sensitive and process subtle

    changes/stimuli very deeply. I tend to feel and react to everything deeply and strongly. My moods/emotions are often intense and beyond my control, however I can control my actions. I usually feel more concern and empathy for my fellow human beings. I can even feel the air...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 4 Responses Aug 17, 2014

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    Is there even a difference between my pain

    and that of other people? I highly doubt it. When I gaze upon the endless field of 13-15s fighting bullies, self-hatred and eating disorders... when I see my little brother falling victim to the same boobytraps that got me, no matter how much I warn him... when I think of my mom...
    SpaceTurtle SpaceTurtle 31-35, M 3 Responses Jan 27

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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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    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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    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 a week ago

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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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    Being a sensitive man is difficult.

    Very few really expect a man to be capable of breaking down, so one tries not to in order to be regarded as sane.
    placesivebeen placesivebeen 18-21, M 5 Responses Feb 20

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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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    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 2 days ago

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    goodnites25 goodnites25 22-25, M 2 days ago

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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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    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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    When i get yelled at it makes me tear up.

    I hate it. I cnt stand criticism, it hurts whether its a joke or its serious. I can talk back and yell n all that but my feelings run too deep and I cnt help but care. I dont know maybe ill get stronger.
    ashash98 ashash98 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    I cry whenever someone yells at me

    or is very stern with me. Also whenever they ask me why I look depressed and especially when animals die in movies. I hate being so sensitive it makes me look weak and vulnerable, whenever I try to talk back I choke on my own tears and run away :/
    LilahWolf LilahWolf 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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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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    goodnites25 goodnites25 22-25, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 26, 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 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, 2014

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    I always knew that i was

    such an emotional person.But i have discovered that i am a highly sensitive person this year.Being HSP is sometimes good sometimes really bad.The good part is i feel myself virtuous and special in a way. In the other hand it makes me feel terrible.I care about people a lot and...
    seyma seyma 18-21 1 Response Jan 25

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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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    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, 2014

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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 1 Response Nov 29, 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 2 Responses Jun 17, 2014

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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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    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 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 4 Responses Feb 21, 2014

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    courtneyyyx331 courtneyyyx331 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 26, 2014

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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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    placesivebeen placesivebeen 18-21, M Dec 13, 2014

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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 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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    "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...