Being a High Sensitivity Person (HSP) does not mean you are too sensitive, overly emotional or different. It means that you are a highly attuned, intuitive and creative. However, because the brain of an HSP is like a hot-wired sport car, sometimes the inner world of the HSP can become easily overstimulated. As an HSP, I can help you navigate life as an HSP, and thrive. The HSP brain:
D – Depth of Processing
The Highly Sensitive brain has a more active insula, the part of the brain that helps enhance perception and increase self-awareness. HSPs are also wired to pause and reflect before engaging. Therefore, HSPs are always taking in a lot of information around them and thinking deeply about it. This may result in slower decision making and more transition time between tasks.
O – Overstimulation
Since HSPs notice more subtle details in their environments and are more emotionally impacted by social stimulation, it makes sense that they are more likely to get overstimulated and exhausted by high levels of input.
E – Emotional Responsiveness/Empathy
Brain scans have shown that HSPs have more active mirror neurons which are responsible for feelings of empathy for others and more activity in areas that are involved with emotional responses. HSPs feel both positive and negative emotions more intensely than non-HSPs.
S – Sensitive to Subtleties/Sensory Stimuli
HSPs notice subtle details that others miss such as non-verbal cues and small changes in their environment. They are also more impacted by strong sensory input such as bright lights, loud noises, strong smells or rough textures.
Challenges of the HSP:
· Easily Overwhelmed
· Anxiety and Depression
· Emotional Intensity
· Shyness and Social Anxiety
· Guilt and Difficulty with Boundaries
· Struggle with Transitions and Decisions
· Dislike Small Talk and Bored Easily in Relationships
· Low Self-Esteem and Feeling Misunderstood
· Delayed Milestones
· Work Stress and Challenges
· Failure to Prioritize Self
· Sensory Sensitivity