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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, 2014

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 17 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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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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    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 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    I confuse people because sometimes I have too

    much to say(cause I want to share all the details) other times not enough (cause the details overwhelm me).
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 3 Responses Jan 8

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Nov 25, 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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    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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    rastaflip713 rastaflip713 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 30, 2014

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    Who to believe and who to trust.

    ...I don't know what to do anymore...I'm done with being lied to...I'm done with getting hurt....I just want to end it....
    nomnommings nomnommings 16-17, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 get so worried at the slightest thing.

    If an email message or Facebook response (for instance) is short and I sense someone doesn't want to get involved in a conversation I worry that I've intruded on their privacy and then feel so bad. Does anyone else ever feel this?
    geordiegent geordiegent 36-40, M 3 Responses Jan 31

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

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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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    placesivebeen placesivebeen 18-21, M Dec 13, 2014

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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