DAY 1. WHAT IS HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON? It is an innate trait, and 15-20% of people are Highly Sensitive. It's also called Sensory-Processing Sensitivity. It means that Highly Sensitive Person's nervous system is more sensitive than other's, and it makes one notice, sense and feel strongly. That can cause over-stimulation. Things like noise, social situations, crowds etc. can feel very overwhelming.
But being HSP is not same thing than being shy, or introvert. Being shy is learned, this is innate and it has had an important job from the beginning. In fact there is Highly Sensitive fruit flies, birds, cats, dogs and horses! It is a survival strategy. Not everyone can be aggressive ones, who attacks without considering. Someone has to be the observing one, who thinks through all the possibilities. Highly Sensitive people have been in important places through the history: Elaine N. Aron, pioneer of studying High Sensitivity, speaks about royal advisers. Priests, educators, counselors, healers, teachers etc. benefits sensitive features.
In fact, HSPs are usually very good with people.We sense easily other's feelings, we see all angles of situations, we are compassionate and empathetic. HSPs are very intuitive, creative people, even visionaries because our strong inner world and imagination.
Downside of this is that when we don't manage the over-stimulation, we get easily stressed out, we can worry and overthink stuff and be really hard on ourselves. Our kindness makes us put other people before ourselves and it's hard to say no. But luckily it's natural to us to feel drawn to the spiritual, personal growth, and we are more than willing to grow as human beings!
WHAT IS AN EMPATH?
Empath shares all the traits of Highly Sensitive Person. In fact some might say that all the Empaths ARE also HSPs. However not all HSPs are Empaths. Empath takes High Sensitivity to a lot further: Empath actually feels what others are feeling, and sense energy around them. Empath can actually feel the pain of others in her own body.
HERE IS THE QUESTION:
Are you HSP/Empath and how does it shows in your life?
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