Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

As I talked about in Chit-chat October, I knew that I was a sensitive person, but as being a ‘Highly Sensitive Person’ (HSP) was new to me. I looked up further about HSP, after a reader commented how she was a HSP and wondered if I was. I googled the film/documentary she mentioned and then I visited another website on the topic. I could see from further reading of both the website and book I have bought, “The Highly Sensitive Person,” by Elaine N. Aron, Ph. D, that I am a HSP. I continue to work through this book, as said in Chit chat October, so I’m sure I will discuss things I am learning, in future posts here. There are some things I either remember, or remembering, which I am processing and I now look at differently, for the better. As some of my memories are from childhood, I may at times have to practice extra self-care. But I am fine as I do this, because I have the tools to do it, learnt from therapy, as well as additional I learnt, that worked for me.

I will leave you with website link I visited and read more on this topic.


Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

13 thoughts on “Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

  1. I read Elaine Aron’s book earlier this year, and the sense that I got was that when my illness is in remission I’m emotionally sensitive but not an HSP. When my illness is hitting me in full force, though, I become the equivalent of an HSP.

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    1. From childhood I see traits I had, that obviously felt normal to me and still are, but same time then, and as an adult, I used to question. The book is helping me to see understand this and accept this better than before.
      I have always craved time to myself and more so when things are too busy, amongst other traits I have learnt I have, or had, that I have not mentioned. I am not even half way into this book yet, so I wonder what else I will learn, or discover.

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    2. That’s interesting @ashleyleia, I’d be curious to know the distinction you make between being emotionally sensitive but not an HSP… I guess it’s a fluid spectrum, anyhow, as is always the case!

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      1. Elaine Aron talked about HSPs being very sensitive to external sensory stimuli (e.g. visual, auditory, etc), and that’s not an issue for me except when I’m depressed.

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      1. WOW! That kind of gives a whole new perspective to where ‘she is coming from’ and who ‘she is’.

        W/could you or do you talk to her about HSP? And your belief that you both may be/are one? She might need to know of it, like you recently have.

        I love your journey Liz. You take so many new turns and jaunts, twists and bends. You seem so open and receptive to what ever the experience is, that you get from it all.
        You are not the same Liz I met, way back when. Literally! Isn’t life beautiful?
        Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us. I feel I do not tell you that enough. Hugz 😀

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      2. I mentioned about the book when she was at mine. The conversation drifted that way because of what she was talking about, which was about her feelings and so I asked her if she would like to answer those questions, which are just a yes or a no answer. And so she did. Her score wasn’t as high as mine, but still enough to make her HSP. When she did hers, we went through those together, discussing them individually. I think it gave her some insight for herself. I have said to her, that when I have finished the book, (which will remain on my bookshelf) that she could read it too if she wanted.

        Yes, I am certainly so different now for the better than when you will have known me via this blog. I’m sure next year, I will talk about my own HSP that I am learning about myself more. I am working slowly through this book. I sometimes re-read, to check I am reading it correctly.

        Hugs back. 🙂

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  2. Hey!

    yes! I am an HSP myself 🙂 I find it hard to be out in the world and be ‘normal’ at times, luckily I have lots of people around me to help me. Thanks for sharing!

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