The term highly sensitive person (HSP) is used to describe 10 - 20% of the population who are more sensitive than the average person.
This sensitivity can be seen externally in various ways:
- emotional, for example gets deeply upset from criticism
- physical, responds to certain foods with intolerance such as headaches, migraine, skin problems...
- mental, finds it hard to think in new company or certain vibes and environments, for example loud places or people can feel uncomfortable
In the link below there is an audio talk by specialist, Elaine Aron, on "highly sensitive people". It is a lovely talk and well worth the listen if this is a theme in your life or someone you know. Here is some of what she has to say:
Your trait is normal. It is found in 15 to 20% of the population–too many to be a disorder, but not enough to be well understood by the majority of those around you. It is innate. In fact, biologists have found it in over 100 species (and probably there are many more) from fruit flies, birds, and fish to dogs, cats, horses, and primates.
This trait reflects a certain type of survival strategy, being observant before acting. The brains of highly sensitive persons (HSPs) actually work a little differently than others'.You are more aware than others of subtleties. This is mainly because your brain processes information and reflects on it more deeply. So even if you wear glasses, for example, you see more than others by noticing more.
You are also more easily overwhelmed. If you notice everything, you are naturally going to be overstimulated when things are too intense, complex, chaotic, or novel for a long time.
This trait is not a new discovery, but it has been misunderstood. Because HSPs prefer to look before entering new situations, they are often called "shy." But shyness is learned, not innate. In fact, 30% of HSPs are extraverts, although the trait is often mislabeled as introversion. It has also been called inhibitedness, fearfulness, or neuroticism. Some HSPs behave in these ways, but it is not innate to do so and not the basic trait.
Sensitivity is valued differently in different cultures. In cultures where it is not valued, HSPs tend to have low self-esteem. They are told "don't be so sensitive" so that they feel abnormal.
I have been highly sensitive all my life. I have learned various ways to deal with this
from altering my diet, to meditation to changing my lifestyle to cleansing to spiritually awakening. It has been my crux and my guide and I am forever grateful.
This is an invite to anyone who resonates with this to meet in March and share our gifts, insights and create a nurturing and healthy environment where we can comfortably support each other and thrive. It is for people of all ages including children.
It will take form as a social morning from 11am to 1pm on Saturday the 28tth or March at Clifton House in Dublin City.
Share stories and your various ways of managing this beautiful state of being!
Please drop me a note or call and come along if this of interest :)
5- 15 euro donation or whatever feels right.