Note- This a great book on this subject-
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You Hardcover – May 26, 2020
Is this you?
- Are you easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens nearby?
- Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time?
- Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows?
- Do you need to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation?
- Do you make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations?
- Do you notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art?
- Do you have a rich and complex inner life?
- When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive or shy?
WSJ – The Superpowers of Highly Sensitive People
Strategies that sensitive people use to cope with their overwhelming moments can be helpful for others
I cried three times in three days recently. When I heard a country song on the radio about a son missing his late father. When I saw the moon, Venus and Jupiter rise above a stunning sunset. And when the massive old iguana that lived in my backyard—that I’d hated—died unexpectedly. “I know he was a nuisance, but I feel really bad for him,” I told a neighbor. “Well, he’s in iguana heaven now,” he said. “Good riddance.” Some people are more sensitive than others. Psychologists, neuroscientists, educators, and others refer to them as highly sensitive persons or HSPs. If you’re not one yourself, I bet you know someone who is.
HSPs process information more deeply than other people. They’re very responsive to emotions, both their own and those of others. And they’re often more attuned to sensations, such as taste, touch, sound or smell.
Scientists have been examining HSPs for decades. Researchers believe that sensitivity occurs on a spectrum: About 20% to 30% of people are HSPs, including both men and women. A similar amount have low sensitivity, while the majority are in the middle.
High sensitivity—another term is environmental sensitivity—is an innate, stable trait, requiring some HSPs to employ next-level coping skills. They use strategies such as setting boundaries, scheduling downtime and planning positive experiences.
These tactics often enable them to thrive in their personal lives and careers. They are also a great blueprint for everyone.
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