According to Wikipedia, a Highly Sensitive Person (Abbreviated HSP) is a psychology term to describe a person having a high measure of the innate trait whose scientific name is sensory processing sensitivity (SPS). SPS refers to what happens when sensory information to delivered or processed in the brain.
Highly Sensitive Persons make up about 15-20% of the population. They process sensory data more deeply due to the biological make up of their nervous systems. Due to this HSP’s are more inclined to overstimulation, emotional reactivity, empathy and sensitive to stimuli.
The word overstimulation strikes a chord in my heart. I can’t remember a day in my life for a very long time where I haven’t felt over stimulation, over emotional or over tired. Unless I have actively taken the time to made sure I have taken time for myself to relax.
I have left an interview with Elaine Aron below I found helpful in summarizing HSP.
My name is Tori, I am 24 years of age, and I live in Australia.
I’ve created this blog for myself to document and for others to follow me in my journey of discovering, finding and growing my Highly Sensitive Self.
I suppose I always have felt like something was “wrong” with me. Yes, I am aware of how cliche this sounds. I’ve always been the overly emotional one, the overly sensitive one. These are both phrases I have become well acquainted with hearing over the years from others or even myself.
My first introduction to Elaine Aron’s book The Highly Sensitive Person was browsing in my local book store for a new book to read. I remember picking up the book and briefly glancing over it and exclaiming in an excited tone of voice “this sounds exactly like me” to my partner. He had a brief look at it, handed it back and said something along the lines of “yes it does, you are too sensitive” and placed it back on the bookshelf. I remember thinking geez thanks, and moving to the next aisle thinking nothing of book that I was yet to know would change my entire perception of myself…