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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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    "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

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    :( :( :( it's almost debilitating to be an

    anxious empath. It takes my time, emotions, and energy. I'm so tired. And sad.
    cloudedsky cloudedsky 26-30 Aug 7

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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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    This is an encounter worth mentioning:

    There's someone I know whom I'd consider a 'friend of sorts' - someone to whom I have occasional contact, and who had been involved in my life during a turbulent phase. A few days ago, this person got in touch and we agreed to meet up. There were a couple of hiccups and we...
    Injoy1767 Injoy1767 46-50, F 2 Responses Jul 24

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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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    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 cannot sleep. The joy of being madly in love

    with the most wonderful woman in the world, and the sadness because the days we can be physically together are ending soon are chasing each other in my mind. Tonight I wish I would not feel.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 3

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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 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 8 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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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 believe a person should be good in studies

    and work really hard in life so that he gets success easily, today I didn't make it through the final competition of a bank exam and I feel really bad, not just I wasn't selected but because I keep hurting my parents through a series of successive failures I
    alexmaine alexmaine 22-25, M 2 Responses Aug 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 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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    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 4 Responses May 10

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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'd love to have no feelings whatsoever,

    but there you go, I'm sensitive and I must accept it.
    usernameinneed usernameinneed 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 16

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    Im so sensitive person

    and now i feel lonely
    emmadarko emmadarko 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 1

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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.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 29

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    Don't hurt my feels please.

    I will probably cry. It sucks that, according to society standards, guys aren't supposed to cry. Yes, I cried reading "The Fault In Our Stars." Yes, I cried watching "The Boy In the Striped Pajamas." I don't see how that makes me any less of a guy. Hell, I cried watching "Up." I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jun 28

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    gabs4help gabs4help 16-17, F Jul 16

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    I'm so sensitive person I would shake

    if I m sad or happy or excited I cry so easy I laugh a lot I feel a lot so much pain seem to not leave my soul but I' try to survive i also could feel other people sadness and share their hapiness I could also undrestand the other person just by looking in their eyes
    emmadarko emmadarko 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 26

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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
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 1

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    After being with my boyfriend

    for almost 2 years now (and not knowing that he was also an empath), he told me that he could feel others emotions. He said that's what he based his judgement on anywhere he went, anyone that he crossed paths with. He doesn't know as much as I do about the topic because I've...
    Anonymouscoast Anonymouscoast 22-25 1 Response Aug 10

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    I cried at Star Was 3

    and the newest Star Trek movie
    Almosthippy Almosthippy 36-40 Aug 9

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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 7 Responses Mar 31, 2014

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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 26-30, F 6 Responses Jun 27

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    I shouldn't let the world

    and the people in it turn my sensitive heart, cold. Have to be careful not to do that especially if you have a lotta love in you for everyone. Though sometimes you have to not care..cause sometimes that's somebody else's choice for you. You can pretend and sometimes pretending...
    SkylerAsh SkylerAsh 18-21, M Aug 11

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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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    I am trying to fight back tears

    as I type. I need a ride to work this evening because my usual rides are going to a funeral. One of them doesn't even know the person so like, really? Anyway I have to call around to find a ride and it is making me very anxious, nervous, worried and everything! I have always...
    WhoAreWeIsTheQuestion WhoAreWeIsTheQuestion 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    I never thought I would ask god this

    but I pray that God gives best and most worthy children to my parents!! I do not deserve them!!!
    alexmaine alexmaine 22-25, M Aug 5

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    I'm not sad or upset

    that you have a girlfriend. I'm upset that the first time you saw me, you chose not to introduce yourself to me, your new co-worker, but instead to loudly announce to the man who was training me that you had gone on a date last night, and then to come over and rub his shoulders...
    SweetSpiritEnergy SweetSpiritEnergy 26-30 Aug 16

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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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    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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    Ah yes , hard to be excitable over happiness

    while you can cry. I don't know why, but it's been a week now. It don't make sense to me. But well strained. And has now reached the steady where sound and silence hurts with nausea as a result. Anyone have experience with it ?
    Carpunia Carpunia 41-45, F Jul 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 5 Responses Jun 29

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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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    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 hate that I'm so damn sensitive all the time.

    It's not just that I can sense other peoples' feelings/emotions, or that certain emotional things make me cry. My problem is, I take things personally. Everything. I need constant praise and re-assurance. I'm not selfish, I'm not egotistical. But if I'm not being told, for...
    iSpyce iSpyce 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 28

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    I try not to be I work at it day to day For

    some reason it wins I need to stop, but don't know how.
    Masterskitten15 Masterskitten15 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 19

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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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    I even asked a question on quora "if I can

    switch off my humanity anyhow and not feel hurt anymore" and people answered that I shouldn't watch vampire diaries anymore....
    alexmaine alexmaine 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 23