I Am a Highly Sensitive Person

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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

    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
    6 Responses Jan 25, 2014

    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
    3 Responses Jan 23

    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
    lunaDivina lunaDivina
    26-30, F
    Dec 16, 2015

    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

    Anxiety makes me so sensitive.

    Things that are normal seems scary.Friendly jokes seems threatening and offensive.Sometimes handling small things is tough.And I over react,get offended,get hurt and feel absolutely helpless.Can't handle negative stuff.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Feb 13

    I am sooo fed up of being

    so sensitive and to be the slave of my nervous system, it s like my mind and dreams want to shine but my nervous system is here to block them and stop me....I try to control it, to nurture it it still in command of my mind....Dr Elaine Aaron please find a cure, I do not mind...
    SheherazadeH SheherazadeH
    51-55, F
    1 Response Apr 9

    When ever I get yelled at

    for something I didn't do I still feel guilty and I feel like burning or cutting because it's just too much, i'm a really sensitive person and I ******* hate it because it's just hard sometimes.
    xXMyLastEscapeXx xXMyLastEscapeXx
    16-17, F
    1 Response Mar 13

    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

    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

    So, a couple of days ago my younger cousin whom

    I haven't seen in a very long time came to visited along with my younger sister. Everything was great, all laughs and jokes up until, she commented on the clothes I chose to wear for that day. She stated that I was too colorful and that if I wanted to be taken seriously as an...
    OpalScales OpalScales
    26-30, F
    Mar 28

    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...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Feb 18, 2011

    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

    Wow, what a week! I realized

    that what has been eating me up and it has been that my birth mother never said sorry for putting me up for adoption and never trying to find me. Therefore when others such as my coworkers don't say sorry for bullying me, it eats away at me. I just was told that HR told them to...
    Leolatina Leolatina
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jan 29

    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

    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
    1 Response Nov 9, 2014

    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

    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...
    Velvetlacedream Velvetlacedream
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Nov 8, 2014

    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

    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
    56-60, M
    4 Responses Dec 27, 2007

    I am a highly sensitive female

    that also struggles with depression. I recently switched to generic lexapro and feel so much better. While still more sensitive than most people, I don't feel overwhelmed by it any more. That may not work for everyone but I am so fortunate it did for me. Thanks for listening...
    herongirl herongirl
    56-60, F
    1 Response Apr 4

    I get hurt very easily.

    Even when someone doesn't mean to be mean. I can get hurt. Especially on the internet because sometimes things come out very harsh. I feel like people should be more careful what they say. It is one thing to be funny. I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about when someone is...
    softlywaking softlywaking
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 16

    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
    3 Responses Jun 3, 2015

    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

    Anyone with social anxiety here?

    Feel free to message me if you have it. I wanna know how you guys cope with overwhelming situations. When im alone, its so relaxing & I can walk around with no worries. But when theres people, it may get a bit overwhelming. Too bad idiots keep breeding & populating this once...
    XXLovelyPoisonXX XXLovelyPoisonXX
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Feb 8

    New to this group. My first post.

    I am an INFJ/Empath to the core. Spent my life wondering what was wrong with me, that I was unacceptable and unlovable. I learned early on to show people what they wanted to see and to suppress my words and emotiions. I've learned to keep people at arms length because I trust NO...
    Rawni1 Rawni1
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Feb 20

    feeling kind of emotional lately,

    under the surface. dont fully understand why
    lunaDivina lunaDivina
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 29

    I can't watch the news

    or read the paper. I hate it when someone posts a graphic video or picture on FB. I've always believed that that it is just another cruelty to someone who is already suffering if we look the other way. Later it was brought up to me that it's not wrong for me to filter out...
    Morrgin Morrgin
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Oct 4, 2015

    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

    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

    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
    14 Responses Nov 24, 2012

    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
    54 Responses Aug 9, 2011

    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
    kittybaby1968age3 kittybaby1968age3
    46-50, M
    Feb 8

    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
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jan 24

    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

    I am definitely what's known

    as an HSP. I've been told over and over again in a criticizing manner that I'm too sensitive, and when I was young my parents tried over and over to expose me to the things I was afraid of (loud noises, deep water, crowds, etc.) to no avail. It's not primarily sensory (though...
    rurud rurud
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 5

    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
    4 Responses Feb 28, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jan 25

    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
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jan 21

    "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
    2 Responses Jul 22, 2015

    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
    6 Responses Jun 27, 2015

    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

    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
    56-60, M
    19 Responses Dec 26, 2007

    I can't stop crying or I'm always on the border

    of crying right now. I do Neighborhood Watch for the area I live in and liaison with the county police strongly encouraged us leads to attend a summit on child abuse prevention. We are all about making the neighborhood and community safer so this summit would be a very...
    Morrgin Morrgin
    31-35, F
    Apr 1

    I am highly sensitive person,

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

    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
    Feb 2

    I recently discovered the concept of being an

    HSP and realised I am one. I have spent the first half of my life fighting it but I am going to spend the rest of my life embracing it. Too many people try to "overcome" it. Accept it, it is a blessing in disguise.
    Phil386 Phil386
    46-50, M
    1 Response Feb 17

    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

    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
    kittybaby1968age3 kittybaby1968age3
    46-50, M
    Jan 29
    lunaDivina lunaDivina
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jan 10

    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
    3 Responses May 10, 2015

    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
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Oct 29, 2015

    is anyone else feeling anxious

    since yesterday? im trying to figure out if its cosmic energy or just me
    lunaDivina lunaDivina
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Mar 24

    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 Feb 2

    I absorb people's energy easily.

    My roommate is an energy vampire. She is so negative about everyone and everything - I know she has deep set issues and insecurities but I have my own issues to deal with. She rains on everyone's parade. She sucks the colors out of any rainbow. She will point out any flaw in...
    cloudedsky cloudedsky
    3 Responses Feb 17

    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
    Jan 19
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