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I Am a Highly Sensitive Person

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    The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my

    life when I wanted to die. Worst thing is I love him. SO much. But he doesn't/can't feel the same way. I feel the very worst when I'm alone because That's when the monsters in my head say hello. Haha...telling people I'm tired when in reality I'm just sad!
    BashfulBlue BashfulBlue 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 15

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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 20 Responses Dec 26, 2007

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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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    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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    Feeling too much and caring too much about all

    mental activity and thoughts does kill. I wish I'm busy! Or be able to sleep 24-7, escapism sure is blissful.
    Nual Nual 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Whenever somebody feels down

    or angry, I always feel overly-sympathetic. It gets annoying after awhile.
    reivven reivven 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 3

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    xcix xcix 18-21, F Jun 27

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    Has anyone that is an HSP served/ waitressed

    before? How did you like it?
    Anonymouscoast Anonymouscoast 22-25 May 18

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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 2 Responses May 10

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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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    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 6 Responses Feb 28

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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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    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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    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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    Some say I am a very sensitive person

    but truth is i just feel too much. Every word, every action and every bit of energy goes straight to my heart, mind and soul. It can be both a blessing and a curse. At times, I wish i could just shut it off.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 8

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    I generally have an inkling of how those

    closest to me are feeling, perhaps I'm more perceptive...I generally let them come to me
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 24

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    That's a big problem

    for me :/ I take things way to seriously and I get mad and offended pretty easily. I wish I were more tough
    adriana0102 adriana0102 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I wonder if I would have more friends

    if I was less sensitive. Or if I would have any authentic friends.
    Joshua1325 Joshua1325 26-30, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    Any HSPs try acupuncture?

    I did not like it. I guess because I'm so sensitive. I laughed nervously the whole time & the acupuncturist said that something like that had never happened in all his many years of work. Laying uncovered on a table with needles on my body was very uncomfortable. I especially...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 30

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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 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 3 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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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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    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 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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    Throughout my life, as most males have,

    I have been told that men are tough and never show emotion. I learned well, but knew inside that I was not like that. Over time, and with the help of some amazing people, I have discovered that I have much more feminine energy then masculine energy. I am not gay... or...
    jeffyduke jeffyduke 41-45, M 3 Responses Apr 22

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    So I'm new here... I'm not really sure what to

    start with. But I have always suspected, but through a bit of research have come to really understand that I am highly sensitive. I know when I was younger I was a naturally very shy girl, which I thought was normal. Always preferred my own company and had a very active...
    Selebiss Selebiss 31-35, F 4 Responses Jun 29

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    HSP is something I am only just learning about

    these last couple f 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 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 27

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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 16 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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    eeeeeeeeeeeeeew eeeeeeeeeeeeeew 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 24

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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
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 3

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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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    Last fall I got back to my University residence

    hall around 2:00 AM after work, and I was starving, with no cash on me and nothing in my room. I went into the library thinking I'd buy something with my ID card at the little 24 hr store in there but it was closed because of the long weekend I'd forgotten about. The security...
    Blancpaper Blancpaper 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 28

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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 3 Responses Jun 17, 2014

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    i had a rough day at work

    and im still upset about it.
    zanityone zanityone 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I believe that I am a highly sensitive person.

    It would make sense since I am autistic which has strong links with that trait. I find that I can't watch a lot of films and TV programmes because I become too unnerved or disturbed by them, especially really sad or depressing films and violence. I find it easier to watch...
    tesseract49 tesseract49 18-21, T 1 Response Jun 15

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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

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    Throughout my whole life I've always felt I was

    different. I always knew there something about me that just wasn't quite like everyone else. I always thought I was just shy, moody or overly sensitive. When I was a child my sister and mother would always tell me I was too sensitive, I need to have thicker skin and suck it up...
    RedSheep2 RedSheep2 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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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    It comes from being feminine,

    not totally but a lot.I wish there were more people who accepted and understood that there is a lot of good that comes from a sensitive feminine man.
    ADF55 ADF55 56-60 May 24

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    emma0114 emma0114 13-15, F May 17

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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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    My hubby's Fam keeps complaining

    that I'm too overly sensitive. Which I don't get bc thy get insulted at things I say and do just as easily as I do with what they say and do (btw I happen to think I am Nicer and much more of a giver than they are) and lately they told my hubby I was too overly sensitive bc it's...
    Tobyfire Tobyfire 26-30, F 1 Response May 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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    Because of my sensitivity

    and that I couldn't handle it I used to be introverted. I thought that it was my greatest weakness but it turned out to be my greatest strength, to really fell and to love. I learned to turn pain into power and not let others and the hate to kill me inside.
    Fenris88 Fenris88 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 29

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    StarStealingGirl StarStealingGirl 18-21, F Apr 27

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