Are You or Your Child a Highly-Sensitive Person?

When I met my husband, I felt like he really got me, like he really understood me. It wasn’t until many years later that I found that this wasn’t simply because we had compatible Meiers-Briggs personality types –although I am sure that helps. It’s also because we both are hypersensitive. It wasn’t until this last year that a friend introduced me to HSP: Highly-Sensitive Personality.

It is not a disorder. It is just a different way our brains work. It explains so much, particularly about why we seem to feel things and experience things so much more deeply and intensely.

Apparently, it is more common for those who are introverted or those with ADHD to have this type of personality. It may explain why some of us are more prone to being bullied and abused by others who are not highly-sensitive and seem to view it as a weakness to be prayed upon.

So, if you or your child are prone to overreact or get upset easily, perhaps this description fits you. You can take a test to see if you ar a HSP here.

Click the link below to read the whole article. It is worth your time especially if you are trying to live with or homeschool a child who has HSP.

Studies estimate that 15-20 percent of the population is highly sensitive. However, many people don’t know what this means. Although it’s related to introversion, being a highly sensitive person is not the same thing. Highly sensitive people are hypersensitive to a variety of stimuli, ranging from pain to caffeine consumption. Consequently, highly sensitive people exhibit several specific, observable behaviors. 

While many people warn against the dangers of being a highly sensitive person—like an increased risk of depression and anxiety—being sensitive isn’t all bad. Highly sensitive people are more conscientious. They notice certain details others may overlook, and they can be very creative.

Being a highly sensitive person doesn’t mean you have a disorder that needs to be fixed. It simply means that you process sensory data more deeply. Recognizing that you’re a highly sensitive person could help you develop a better awareness of yourself and your needs.

I hope this is helpful.

Blessings,

Sarah Forbes

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