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HSP's - Highly Sensitive People...

I sought to find information to help me better understand why I always felt different, and it led me to the discovery of highly sensitive persons. (This post is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition. If you have any questions about your physical or psychological state, please contact the appropriate licensed health or mental health professionals).


Are you one of the Sensitive Crowd?


A 20-question self-assessment quiz for Empaths is below. Those who agree with 15 or more of the following questions is considered a full-blown Empath, while answering yes to at least five suggests you’re a partial Empath. Signs you're highly sensitive include avoiding violent TV shows, feeling easily overwhelmed, strongly affected by hunger, and deeply moved by music or art - due to the fact that highly sensitive people notice everything that is going on around them.


1: Being labelled as ‘overly sensitive’, shy, or introverted.

2: Frequently feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

3: Arguments or yelling makes you ill.

4: You feel you don't fit in.

5: Drained by crowds and needing alone time to revive yourself.

6: Over-stimulated by noise, odours, or non-stop talkers.

7: Chemical sensitivities or can't tolerate scratchy clothes.

8: You prefer taking your own car places so you can leave early if you need to.

9: Overeating to cope with stress.

10: Fear of becoming suffocated by intimate relationships.

11: Startle easily.

12: Strong reactions to caffeine or medications.

13: A low pain threshold.

14: Tendency to socially isolate.

15: Easily absorb other people’s stress, emotions, or symptoms.

16: Overwhelmed by multitasking.

17: Enjoy replenishing in nature.

18: You need a long time to recuperate after being with difficult people or energy vampires.

19: Preference for small cities or the country over large cities.

20: Preference for one-to-one interactions or small groups rather than large gatherings.


A small, but growing body of neuro-scientific research confirms the existence of ‘empaths’ and ‘highly sensitive people’. Wow right! Are you someone like me who feels deeply affected by the suffering of others? Or do you pick up easily on vibes around you? Maybe you avoid negative social media and news because of the way it affects you? What makes one person more sensitive than others, and what problems or potential advantages might we face if we are one of the more sensitive crowd?


Throughout my life I have often felt like there was something wrong with me, or I have been criticised more times than I care to remember for being ‘overly sensitive’ and told to ‘get a thicker skin’. Crowded places like the shopping centre or supermarkets with their noise and overstimulation exhaust me and cause me high levels of anxiety and stress. Once I realised I was actually an ‘intuitive empath’ I felt liberated to know that there wasn’t anything ‘wrong’ with me at all, and I have nothing to be ashamed about.


A whole new exciting world opened up for me once I discovered I was an Empath - the discovery of who and what I was, and the journey of beginning to embrace that part of who I am.


(To Be Completed)


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