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I Am a Highly Sensitive Person

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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 22 Responses Dec 26, 2007

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    sanarirachel sanarirachel 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 12

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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 4 Responses Aug 11, 2007

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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 its a question about building upon it and nurturing it in order for it to grow. I have always been a caring person and...
    AX5625 AX5625 31-35, M Mar 3

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    Wow I think I'm a HSP!

    I started when I was about 17. But as a child I was sensitive. (Emotionally). So probably all my life. Now, I'm also noise sensitive. I can't sleep because any noise keeps me awake (I have another alternative way to sleep which is stressful which I've been using since age 17...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45, T 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Most of you may know

    that being subject to this is both a blessing and a curse; just always remember that being a HSP makes you special. Appreciate it.
    JackP94 JackP94 18-21, M Jul 20

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    It is weird how highly sensitive I am.

    The wrong setting of words can send my mind on a twist and crash coarse. I think it comes from the fact that when I find someone that I can relate to I start to care about them on a deep level. I cling to them and I start to develop this relationship with them. Even though it...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 18

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    I try to hide it because people don't seem to

    like " sensitive " people .
    romi777 romi777 31-35, F 6 Responses Jul 23

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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 more simplistic; some people are just more sensitive than others just as others are, or appear to be, ‘hard as nails’.  It wasn...
    BigTone BigTone 56-60, M 4 Responses Nov 8, 2013

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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, and I know I’ll never be able to understand it. It’s called image, and its importance is all around, in places you may...
    Jackball Jackball 26-30 6 Responses Mar 2, 2011

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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

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    Not meaning that I cry easily

    but that I can easily recognize how other people are feeling. I also passively observe what is happening around me all the time, I notice small details and sometimes the input makes me extremely tired. Loud and sudden noises like the doorbell or telephone ringing always make me...
    ultimatebeanstalk ultimatebeanstalk 36-40, F 4 Responses Aug 2

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    I have always felt that I experience more

    emotional pain than others, but I used to think of this as a character flaw rather than an inborn trait. When I was in middle school, I remember wishing that something genuinely bad would happen to me, like there would be a death in the family, so that I would be able to express...
    kaylie2323 kaylie2323 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    My cat had kittens and one was a runt

    and should have died but I saved his life and we bonded and my dad wants him to be put to sleep. I can't stop thinkin about it. Him and peaches are my only friend :(
    SammyTheBroken SammyTheBroken 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 5

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    I get judged a lot for it.

    Especially at home. It makes for very stressful living conditions. I once killed a bug and felt bad about it...it wasn't even a gross bug either.
    JustThat6irl JustThat6irl 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 24

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    Hello all. This is my first time on this site.

    It looks interesting and like it might help me by connecting me with other sensitive people. Sometimes I feel so alone in this world being this sensitive. I often feel like a 'freak' or like I just can't find a place to fit in. This feeling has been very intense lately as I am...
    Shanseal Shanseal 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 13

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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

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    so i cry a lot, happy

    or sad, mostly sad. i am so sensitive especially with my boyfriend. We have been through a lot together, good and bad for the past three years on and off. All the pain from the lies and the games we BOTH (not just him) did is still within me, we have moved on but those feelings...
    evaseo evaseo 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 21

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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 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 3

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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 5 Responses Feb 21

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    How intriguing. After a couple of very

    restless nights, in which I observed myself going through some kind of accelerated catharsis... some kind of energetic resettling.... with my body being physically tired but my psyche doing overtime ... now I'm feeling like it's "all systems GO"!!! I wonder if it has something...
    Injoy777 Injoy777 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 19

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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 contributing much to a discussion, it does not necessarily mean they do not understand or are too shy. HSPs often process things...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 8, 2012

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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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    being too sensitive or to feel everything

    so very deeply is a curse!
    NostalgicSpirit NostalgicSpirit 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 11

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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 will listen to you, and i will care about you... I might not even know you! and i will still care. I have a lot of love to...
    LonelyPandaBear LonelyPandaBear 18-21, M 3 Responses Feb 2, 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 3 Responses Aug 17

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    I'm sensitive about everything.

    I feel everything so intensely and deeply. I'm not just sensitive about my own feelings but also to the injustices and pain of others. And there is so much pain and injustice in this world that it's exhausting taking it all on!! Why can't there just be prescription meds...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 27

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    courtneyyyx331 courtneyyyx331 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 26

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    and I do need some advice

    if anyone has the time. I am taking an EMT course in school, and something I need to have is to be a leader, self-starter. Now naturally, I am shy and my HSP status just amplifies my feelings in the spotlight. I am not turning this into a career, but just to be a better leader...
    BrightAurora BrightAurora 16-17, M 2 Responses Sep 9

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    There is no middle ground ,

    no grey area I either feel with extreme intensity Or I feel nothing at all I'm extremely sensitive Extremely intense Fueled by emotion Love is often painful for me So is opening myself up to anyone I think I would rather be less evolved On a lower frequency Unable to...
    Angelofthesilencess Angelofthesilencess 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 26

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    I am sensitive to the point

    where I jump anytime I am alarmed by an approaching stranger, the click of a camera, even the crunch of a chip! It's terrible, to the point where I have been asked if a bomb went off next to me as a child. Any remedies?
    opheliarevived opheliarevived 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 27

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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 11 Responses Feb 3, 2011

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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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    "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 lover is a god, and failure is death." Pearl S. Buck, (1892-1973), recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and of the Nobel Prize in...
    persypussy persypussy 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 9

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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

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    Where could I possibly live one day 1: can't

    stand isolation and solitude in the countryside 2: can't stand noise in the city 3: can't stand any noise. Full stop. Unless it is a sound I WANT to hear. Like my own music when I WANT to hear it
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45, T 6 days ago

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    A girl I used to like in middle school

    once yelled at me, saying that I was annoying her. It cut me real deep; I think that may have been the first time I've gotten my heart broken (Really? Heartbroken in middle school?) I didn't even really like her that much, I just thought she was pretty and a cool girl. That was...
    JustAnotherHuman34 JustAnotherHuman34 18-21, M 4 Responses May 12

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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 36-40, M 18 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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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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    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 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 26

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    It's hurting me so much at the moment.

    Does he not care at all? God I'm such an idiot.
    emelon12 emelon12 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 26

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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 56 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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    Dont like this. Hypersensitive.

    Hypervigilant. overly, overly. To the point of paranoia. But negative. Dont like myself so much think other people think those things about me. Makes me want to hide. I am working on this. Its so easy to fall into and get extremely depressed with. Amongst other things. Its...
    Bonnienz Bonnienz 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 1

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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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    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

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    Do I have the right to get mad at family

    because they don't give me gifts ? I graduated last year, nobody gave me a gift except my parents. My uncles and Aunts are rich, we're not. When I hang out with them I feel like they could do so much for me if they wanted. But they don't. Normally I am not an envious person But...
    MaryCr MaryCr 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 24

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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 10 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    At the moment, I find the past pace

    and noise of modern living very stressful and am dreaming of moving to quieter parts in search of silent peace. I don't think other people are the same, but it's a necessity for me as I'm really suffering. For instance, it's my day off, but I feel ruffled by the noise of next...
    BlondeandBlue773 BlondeandBlue773 41-45, F 5 Responses Aug 2

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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 people who hates criticism of any kind being levelled against me. A lot of the time it is warranted, but still it gets me down...
    smbkopite smbkopite 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 3

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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 plenty of trouble with being to sensitive. Being blamed for things was a huge problem, remembering mistakes so clear as if...
    Matt1207 Matt1207 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 12, 2013

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    School is a total chore.

    I love the experience of learning new things (the actual schoolwork) but being in the school enviroment is what gets the better of me. Even if noone says anything, I can sense it. I sense that all the other students in my surroundings feel bad in one way or the other. Some more...
    Qriztina Qriztina 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 2

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    I wasn't always a very sensitive person

    until this year.... Now I always cry, if my boyfriend tells me something nice, I cry tears of happiness. I get scared easily, i cry easily, etc etc. I wonder what happened this year to make me like this
    TheOcarinaHero TheOcarinaHero 16-17, T 1 Response 6 days ago

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