What is high sensitivity
A person with high sensitivity is more than average sensitive to impressions and incentives. These signals and all details on all these impressions are more extensive processed than the average person. What others find normal about crowds (maybe not when you are an extroverted person with high sensitivity) or loud music for a person with high sensitivity is soon “too much”. We get overstimulated by literally an excess of (strong) incentives. It is a genetic trait, which will appear at the same amount with men and for women. About 15-20 percent (1 in 5) of the world’s population has the trait of high sensitivity. It concerns most of all the processing in the brain at a much deeper level, it might feel like you have no filter what decide what comes in. Overthinking, from many different angles again and again. You want to analyse if something is really safe or “feels” good. It has been demonstrated scientifically that there is a special area classified differently in the brain in people with high sensitivity than in people without the sensitive trait.
In today’s society, there are many pitfalls for people with high sensitivity. Through these pitfalls one can often not optimally use their talents or are not even recognized. Acceptance of the highly sensitive trait is an essential key for the happiness of a people with high sensitivity. Through less ignorance and more knowledge, recognition, awareness and acceptance of this theme there can be so many personal lives, careers, school careers, relationships turned around.
Many highly sensitive people wonder what is wrong with them. They tend to adjust themselves, too many “please” behaviour and their talented trait tend to be suppressed or ignored. Instead of seeing it as a gift, a talent! That is why it is important to learn how to ground, learn to set boundaries, strengthen their inner strength and to find the right balance between activity and rest.
Some characteristics of highly sensitive people:
• People with high sensitivity pick up more subtle details and process more intense. They observe before they take action.
• People with high sensitivity are very sensitive to external stimuli.
• People with high sensitivity have a deep and rich inner life.
• People with high sensitivity are more than average moved by nature, art and music.
• People with high sensitivity the personal/private emotions and emotions of others become more intense and deeper processed on a different level.
• People with high sensitivity have a difficulty planning and getting structural.
• People with high sensitivity may appear to be shy, but are often not.
• People with high sensitivity are often dutifully and perfectionists.
• People with high sensitivity will function less well as they are observed or evaluated.
• People with high sensitivity are often caring and anticipating to the needs of others; struggling to boundaries.
• People with high sensitivity are often in a lower school level.
• People with high sensitivity have relatively more stress and suffer faster/sooner from stress, tension and physical complaints. Such as headaches, allergies, stomach/intestinal problems, chronic fatigue etc.
• People with high sensitivity are at greater risk of mood swings, depression, anxiety and addictions.
• People with high sensitivity have a lower pain threshold.
• People with high sensitivity have a very large sense of Justice, which is not always understood.
• People with high sensitivity look at the larger picture/image/whole from different angles in an helicopter view in life.