ARE YOU HIGHLY SENSITIVE?
Are you one of the approximately 20% of people with the personality trait of high sensitivity? If you're not sure, you can take a free self-test here.
People with high sensitivity (the technical term is Sensory Processing Sensitivity - SPS) tend to process sensory information more deeply and thoroughly, be more easily overaroused by sensory input (e.g. strong tastes, sounds, smells, and temperature), experience high levels of empathy and emotional reactivity, and be more sensitive to environmental subtleties.
A majority of highly sensitive people (HSPs) are more introverted, but roughly 30% of HSPs are extraverts. Because of the deeper processing which is common to all HSPs, they tend to have stronger reactions to things - both positive and negative. Some other typical characteristics include being conscientious, unusually aware of other's moods, and more bothered by unpleasant stimuli (like bad smells). One result of this deeper processing is that HSPs can reach their "saturation point" for sensory information much more quickly than people who measure lower on sensitivity, which is usually accompanied by poorer performance and feelings of discomfort. Therefore, self-care for HSPs is crucially important for their well-being.
HSP-specific coaching will give you individualised tools and practices to help you:
- Feel more in control of your emotional responses
- Build positive relationships with the people in your life
- Create a realistic plan for ongoing self-care
If you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact me to arrange a free consultation.
Aron, E. N., & Aron, A. (1997). Sensory-processing sensitivity and its relation to introversion and emotionality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73(2), 345-368.
Aron, E. N. (2011). Psychotherapy and the highly sensitive person: Improving outcomes for that minority of people who are the majority of clients [electronic resource]. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.
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