What Everyone Needs to Know
Sensitive People (HSPs)
By Sarah Dolliver
world is blessed with a distinct type of individual: those who are
highly sensitive. Often, misunderstood and maligned for being "overly
sensitive," these folk are quiet, peace-loving beings who simply want
an easier sensory experience from life.
familiar? Perhaps you know an HSP or are one yourself. Read on for what
you need to know about the highly sensitive people in your life. (How
do I know? I am one!)
"Sensitive" does refer to our highly-tuned nervous system.
HSPs are gifted with a highly-tuned nervous system. I say gifted
because they are able to process more sensory input than others.
Sights, smells, sounds, touches and tastes all come through at
HSPs are also empaths, able to pick up on emotions without words being
exchanged. This can be a blessing in disguise, as we know who to avoid
because they are having a bad day. It can also be a burden when an
appropriate emotional boundary is not established to screen out what
they don't want to take in.
"Sensitive" does not refer to our emotions.
All too often, HSPs are thought to be emotionally sensitive. That's a
mistake. The nature of the sensitivity is not around emotions.
can become part of the equation, though. When an HSP is overstimulated
by their sensory experiences, it is quite easy to get to an emotional
edge where breakdowns or outbursts occur.
it's not the emotions that are the cause, yet simply an effect of too
much sensory input.
Being involved in today's world feels like an assault for most HSPs.
Loud, constant sounds. Fast moving objects. Visual displays that flash.
Crowded places where others invade your personal energy space. Ugh! It
can be a complete drag. Still, it is possible to create equilibrium
where the offense is limited by choice. Read on for some tips.
Withdrawing is more than coping. It is a means of survival.
Focusing inward in a space void of sensory input is a recommended and
worthwhile rejuvenation method. Sensory deprivation calms the irritated
nervous system and soothes the soul. Withdrawing sometime during each
day is part of a healthy routine for any HSP. Just don't withdraw
Being HSP without a personalized care routine can be the pits.
Stress and overwhelm are paramount concerns for HSPs. Many suffer with
associated ailments, such as high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, chronic
fatigue, ADD symptoms and other often unexplainable physical
occurrences. In working with clients and getting them to honor their
HSP nature, many have experienced improvements in these other issues
Many more people are highly sensitive than realize it.
Yes, most HSPs don't recognize the nature of what they are
experiencing. It's all too easy to think "What's wrong with me?" when
everything is right with you. What it takes to thrive is a custom-fit
routine to limit the overwhelming experiences and care for your
sensitive nature responsibly.
HSPs have extraordinary gifts.
Besides being empaths, HSPs are gifted in many ways. They write, play
music, engage in practicing the healing arts, paint, sculpt and so much
more. Inherently creative with a knack for seeing what others can't,
they add so much breadth and depth to your experiences that knowing one
will literally change your life.
Being HSP is not a curse, burden or life sentence to being out-of-synch
with the world.
It's not take it or leave it. HSPs can learn to take responsibility for
their gift and shape their own circumstances for the better, including
ways to create sensory bliss. It is not about becoming someone they are
not, but simply learning new skills tempered with self-acceptance.
powerful combination of inner-outer work that is a pathway to
transforming their world. (I know because I've done it.)
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Sarah Dolliver is the Founder of InnerVantage, the online community for
inner-directed individuals (those who focus inward to restore). Her
vision is to remove the stigma from being introverted or highly
sensitive (HSP) to allow these individuals to lead rewarding lives that
bring distinct contributions to the world.
She educates, inspires and empowers them to use their gifts, talents
and strengths as the basis from which they approach life.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Management (Bentley College,
Waltham, MA) and is a graduate of Coach U and The Graduate School of
Coaching from CoachVille.
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by Sarah Dolliver.
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