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I had a eurika moment when my daughter recently discovered the personality trait known as HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). In fact 1 in 5 of us are. People who are HSP tend to over think, they are very conscientious, they have a very vivid imagination, they read other peoples emotions easily and they tend to worry all the time and they want to help other people. Because of our wild imagination, we struggle when under test conditions because our imagination (what if they don't like me, what if I can't answer a question, what if I make a mistake)They are physically sensitive as well. I had hayfever as a child, I have discovered that oranges give me migraines, dairy makes me anxious, I used to get a rash on my skin from being in sunlight. We have good reactions and we struggle when we have too much on the go becuase we get over stimulated.
A good example of the emotional side is I always get overcome with emotion at funerals. I could walk off the street into a random funeral and well up. Why? Because I pick up on the emotions of the suffering relatives, I have transferred their suffering to me. We put pourselves in other peoples shoes. We also generally prefer to stay at home than go to a party. Having said that, 30% of HSP's are extravert. Male HSP's may come across as almost femanine because we are so caring. It is perhaps harder for us males to admit to being an HSP but I want to let everyone know because it has really helped me to understand and accept myself and focus on the plus side of being an HSP.
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