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I Am a Highly Sensitive Person

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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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    In every way, I am. Physically sensitive to

    the environment. Emotionally sensitive to the suffering and joys of other beings...human and non human. Mentally sensitive to perceptions and notions. Spiritually sensitive to the interconnectedness of everything in existence. "I went inside my heart to see how it was...
    Carissimi Carissimi 56-60, F 5 Responses Sep 29, 2015

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    I m a hsp and I'm always being told I'm good

    looking and girls tend to flirt with me... As an hsp you all know how we can feel others emotions. I have noticed several times I get hard rock in my pants. With some of these girls who flirting with me. But When they leave, all the horniness is gone within seconds... Have...
    realcomplicated realcomplicated 26-30, M 5 days ago

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    i get more sensitive during pms times.

    its ******. it feels like the energies of the whole house are coming at me. and it feels like my emotions get so confused and frustrated. does anyone else get this and have any tips???
    lunaDivina lunaDivina 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 7, 2015

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    "Highly sensitive people are too often perceived

    as weak or broken. But to feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the characteristic of a truly alive and compassionate human being. It is not the sensitive person who is broken, it is society’s understanding that has become dysfunctional and emotionally...
    cloudedsky cloudedsky 26-30 2 Responses Jul 22, 2015

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    I'm 40 and have only just discovered

    that this is an actual thing! I read an article and thought it was about me; finally I know I'm actually 'normal'! I hate loud noises, bright lights etc which makes busy motorways hell for me. I know how others feel practically before they feel it themselves. I shut myself away...
    Helcatamy Helcatamy 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 24, 2015

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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 3 Responses Aug 11, 2007

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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 feel like im stepping on stones over a

    running river, as the times change and i continue learning about myself.
    lunaDivina lunaDivina 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 2, 2015

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    JustBipolarMe JustBipolarMe 46-50, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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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 19 Responses Dec 26, 2007

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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 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 22-25, F 5 Responses Feb 28, 2015

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    Am I a HSP if a teacher asked me to read from a

    card, and each time telling me to read loudly, repeating himself "louder...Louder...LOUDER". Trying my hardest, then suddenly i started to cry... in front of a class. :(
    anxgirl anxgirl 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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    Some days I wish I wasn't.

    ... I feel too much...I feel it all.... some days I wish I could not feel at all
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 3, 2015

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    I just found out about HSPs today

    and I am so glad to know what the hell is wrong with me. As a kid I was extremely social and was very popular in school, but in 3rd grade things started to turn to ****. I know now that I have a very eccentric personality (god that sounds pretentious). I started talking way...
    theyester theyester 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 24

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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, 2015

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    I'm curious as to how many other people there

    are out there like me. Here's a self test for you to try http://hsperson.com/test/highly-sensitive-test/
    Orangeman2 Orangeman2 36-40, M 1 Response Dec 3, 2015

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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 15 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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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 5 Responses Aug 17, 2014

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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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    It sucks. I feel like an alien with my peers.

    There are enough people that call me friend since I entertain them with my quirky self. I'm the childish one, the happy one, the cute one. No one says that I am miserable, distrusting, anxious or unhappy, which actually is much more accurate. I've been with being a HSP and...
    kollee kollee 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 9

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    I just started talking to this guy

    and he tells me how happy he is to have met me. He has said that I have really kept him happy over these past few weeks. I knew something was up when he said this and I come to find out that his ex of two years happened to come back in his life. I already spent a weekend with...
    Leolatina Leolatina 31-35, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have just discovered this trait

    after "overreacting" and quitting my job. I come from a highly stressful commercial world, where I worked for the last 20 years. After almost working myself to death (somehow this happens naturally), I am in no hurry to find work again. I have been happily napping, and reading...
    AlwaysHangry AlwaysHangry 31-35 Jan 19

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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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    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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    HSP is something I am only just learning about

    these last couple of weeks. The more I learn/read about it, the more I feel like "this is me!". Part of me wants to jump for joy for finally finding something that explains why I feel things so deeply and passionately, but another part of me wishes I wasn't this way. But I am...
    iSpyce iSpyce 31-35 6 Responses Jun 27, 2015

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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 less to make me upset. :O
    Slothislife Slothislife 18-21, M 5 Responses May 10, 2015

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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 13 Responses Feb 3, 2011

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    Hi am a very sensitive A B person trying to

    find relationship with someone round about my age in the UK Kent area my age is 47 & single
    Kittymad1968 Kittymad1968 46-50, M Jan 29

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    the Solstice is almost here.

    ..and theres a full moon a few days after that...i feel lke my body is going to be internally vibrating from all this energy
    lunaDivina lunaDivina 26-30, F Dec 20, 2015

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    guess its because of puberty.

    . puberty damned sucks.
    Pain24 Pain24 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 12, 2015

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    I am highly sensitive person,

    especially in my knickers haha
    meteorite meteorite 36-40, F 6 Responses Oct 12, 2015

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    Whenever someone yells at me,

    speaks in a harsh tone, or I get if I get uncomfortable in social situation I just burst into tears! It makes me feel so self conscious and just plain babyish. Especially when I get uncomfortable then I cry and then later I'm told "you made the person feel bad!" like I did it on...
    ElyzaTheWeird ElyzaTheWeird 16-17, F Jan 6

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    lunaDivina lunaDivina 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 10

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    I feel like my emotions are hemorrhaging,

    and I don't know how to stop the bleed. Everything is too much for me, all of my senses are overloaded, and I usually find ways to block my feelings out or lessen them.
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic 26-30, F 5 Responses Oct 29, 2015

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    This is the best way to describe how I feel

    as a person most of the time. Being a highly sensitive person is challenging as far as not getting overwhelmed by, well pretty much everything. I have been struggling with defining the way I am for along time without attaching some medical condition to it like anxiety...
    Letmebepatient Letmebepatient 31-35, M 3 Responses Dec 10, 2015

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    I wish I was not. It's really is disturbing me.

    I feel stupid for feeling deeply about the little things. "didn't call me for tea"....."didn't remember me when they did this"...."are doing something without me"...."she told her that first, not me"....."she isn't sharing her secrets with me"....."she is giggling with some...
    stabbedtoceasersalad stabbedtoceasersalad 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 6, 2015

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    People tell me it is good to be sensitive

    and caring, but sometimes I hate it. It just leads to depressed and negative feelings and caring way more than I should.
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 21

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    lunaDivina lunaDivina 26-30, F Dec 16, 2015

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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, 2015

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    all of this **** is really kicking my *** right

    now -i moved houses, now i live in one of my grandmas small *** apt with my family. -i live feet away a lot of my family now -theres big issues going on with them -im pmsing -mercury is in retrograde -we r having some money issues -i had personal issues with a guy again...
    lunaDivina lunaDivina 26-30, F Jan 12

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    does anyone else ever feel like

    when they get very upset, the mood in the room and the mood of the people in the room, changes???
    lunaDivina lunaDivina 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 13, 2015

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    I just find it hard to understand

    why sensitive men face more rejection in life than harsh and rude men. is it naturally expected of men to be harsh , can't a man be soft and sensitive and still be man enough. I've come to this state from my experiences. I've had so many people say that you've got to be more...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 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 4 Responses Feb 21, 2014

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