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I Am a Highly Sensitive Person

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    It might seem strange for somebody who engages in a lot of activity for public consumption, but I am very sensitive, probably too sensitive for my own good. I'm one of these...
    smbkopite smbkopite 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 3

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    I am a highly sensitive person. I hate that thing about me. I cry during movies, or when I hear something sad, even if it is not happening to me, I feel deeply about it. This has...
    NYSlilAngel NYSlilAngel 26-30, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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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...
    nallees nallees 26-30, F 5 Responses Feb 21

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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...
    Denmarkguy Denmarkguy 51-55, M 22 Responses Dec 26, 2007

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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...
    Jackball Jackball 26-30 6 Responses Mar 2, 2011

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    Our Last fightI hear the birds whistle and I see that the sun shinesDim it out, let the light disappearMidnight comes at clear noon and lives in meOur last fightYou and...
    DarkestTrance DarkestTrance 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 27

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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...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 55 Responses Aug 9, 2011

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    I'm just really sensetive... I've always been... it has been a big burden in my life but also a something I've got many good things out of. I'd rather be this sensitive than not...
    rabbitheart rabbitheart 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2013

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    I just found out that i'm HSP and it doesn't come as a surprise. Smells make me nauseous or give me headaches, I can't handle being in certain lights (fluorescence, intense sun etc...
    KAB29 KAB29 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    No Surprise Here - As soon as I heard the term, Highly Sensitive Person, I suspected I was one. I am not the type of person who likes to label every quirk or flaw...
    Smokeseek Smokeseek 36-40, M 5 Responses Jun 4, 2009

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    I often blame myself over something that actually not my fault. I really feel bad for blaming others so I end up blaming myself for not doing everything right. Sometimes it makes...
    AkaruiEcho AkaruiEcho 18-21 1 Response Mar 22

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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...
    Kathieredart Kathieredart 56-60, F 9 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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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...
    hendrixxoxo hendrixxoxo 26-30, F 7 Responses Mar 31

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    Though I see this as a blessing rather than a curse, it does complicate my life immensely. I can't stand too much light or sound, my body is very touchy-feely, basically all the...
    TragicMonkey TragicMonkey 31-35, M 2 Responses Mar 8

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    my whole life people just called me over sensitive.
    mhill3 mhill3 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    At this point I can't even tell if I'm just really overwhelmed, or getting sick.
    dandelixn dandelixn 18-21, F Dec 17, 2013

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    Picking Up The Pieces - New to this site and may not fully understand it yet but I'm sure I'll get there in the end! I am male 23 and in my past (about 8 or so years ago) I had...
    Matt1207 Matt1207 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 12, 2013

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    do you find that it doesn't take much time to start feeling overwhelmed after you enter a room? I'm in high school and i usually enter class with a clear mind, without a worry...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 31

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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...
    newlifeforme73 newlifeforme73 36-40, M 21 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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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...
    AX5625 AX5625 31-35, M Mar 3

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    Soulmate - True love. It's a fantastic concept. It's the drum my heart has beaten to since I can remember. It's the one thing I have always wanted. It's also the one thing I can...
    RoselynnMagnolia RoselynnMagnolia 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 8, 2013

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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...
    Denmarkguy Denmarkguy 51-55, M 5 Responses Dec 27, 2007

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    Basically I cry a lot when I get in trouble and when I'm being "lectured" whoops
    methaddict69xo methaddict69xo 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 9

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    This will sound ridiculous but certain compliments upset me... "Your so beautiful'', " your an exemplar woman" ... It makes me upset because I think to myself if I'm so good why...
    Rosesanddiamonds Rosesanddiamonds 22-25, F 7 Responses Jan 18

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    It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so deeply.
    SNmom SNmom 36-40, F 5 Responses Mar 25

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    And I Thought It Was Just Me. - My sister first told me about being a HSP some years ago, about herself, and I never gave it much thought at the time.  My own ‘take’ was much...
    BigTone BigTone 51-55, M 4 Responses Nov 8, 2013

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    The Hsp In Transition - Up until quiet recently, I have for my whole life felt like an outsider. I found myself contantly withdrawing from people and be content to relfect. I have...
    jessimac jessimac 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 20, 2008

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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...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 11 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...
    ChevyGirl ChevyGirl 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 20, 2009

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    When I was 3 years old, my parents took me to a dentist. The 1st appointment wasn't bad my parents say. I had a couple of bad cavities that the dentist wanted to fix. On the next...
    reverandron01 reverandron01 51-55, M 3 Responses Jan 19

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    So Relieved To Know That I'm Not Alone After All. - I was so relieved to learn that there are HSP's out there like me. I only recently learned about HSP quite accidentally actually...
    RaineJones RaineJones 46-50, F 5 Responses Jan 5, 2012

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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...
    RemyTravis RemyTravis 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 11, 2007

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    But I'm trying to adapt a "whatever" attitude. It helps a bit.
    GrumpyGrouchy GrumpyGrouchy 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 4

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    Yes, I am a highly sensitive person. It's a good thing because it's easier to be more compassionate and empathetic towards people but it does have it's disadvantages. When things...
    whylife93 whylife93 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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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...
    LonelyPandaBear LonelyPandaBear 18-21, M 3 Responses Feb 2, 2011

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    It's a curse that I really wish would go away.
    Booksaremypassion Booksaremypassion 41-45, F 6 Responses Feb 21

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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...
    persypussy persypussy 18-21, F 11 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    I have just done some research on this, and I've also taken a test, and I've come to believe that I am a highly sensitive person. It really makes so much sense. Certain fabrics...
    LittleListener LittleListener 13-15, F Mar 10

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    Am wondering if anyone else is tired of acronyms?! Do we need more terms for every different type of behavior or attribute ascribed to us? Sensitive - just one word to use to say...
    RyanK81 RyanK81 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 12

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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...
    mellifluousme mellifluousme 22-25, F 7 Responses Jan 25

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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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    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...
    TwoTearsInABucket316 TwoTearsInABucket316 31-35, M 12 Responses Nov 24, 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...
    Owleeeeease7 Owleeeeease7 36-40, F 3 Responses Dec 22, 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...
    Scarlet2 Scarlet2 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 18, 2011

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    You would be too if you lived in my shoes
    freakinda freakinda 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 11

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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...
    persypussy persypussy 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 9

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    I've always subconsciously picked up on subtle clues! This means that I've always had feelings about stuff that I was unable to prove until after the fact. For example, as a...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 1

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    Struggling With Sensitivity - A few months ago I discovered I am a highly sensitive person. Since then I've been researching the topic religiously. Before I even knew about HSPs, I...
    dpastuszczak dpastuszczak 26-30, M 6 Responses Nov 2, 2010

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 8, 2012

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    I need to stop being so sensitive because its taking over my life. Things from 5 years ago still make me upset. HOW CAN I CONTROL MY EMOTIOMS
    wonderlustdreamer wonderlustdreamer 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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