Highly sensitive people (HSPs) are individuals who have a heightened sensitivity to stimuli in their environment, including sights, sounds, smells, textures, and emotions. This trait is estimated to be present in approximately 15-20% of the population and is thought to be a natural, genetic variation in personality. HSPs are often deeply affected by their environment and may become overwhelmed by too much stimulation. They may be more sensitive to pain, more easily startled or frightened, and more prone to stress and anxiety. However, HSPs are also often deeply empathic and intuitive, with a strong ability to connect with others and appreciate beauty and art.
Living as an HSP can be challenging, as the modern world is often fast-paced and overstimulating. However, with the right coping strategies and support, HSPs can thrive and lead fulfilling lives. Some strategies that may be helpful for HSPs include creating a calm and quiet environment, taking regular breaks to recharge, practicing mindfulness and meditation, and seeking out supportive relationships and communities. It is important to note that being highly sensitive is not a disorder or a weakness. Rather, it is a natural variation in personality that can offer unique strengths and perspectives. If you are an HSP and are struggling to cope with the challenges of daily life, seeking support from a therapist or counselor who understands the trait of high sensitivity can be a helpful step. If you believe you would like assistance with the challenges of being a highly sensitive person, please feel welcome to contact Dr.LeAnn by calling
1 (530)676-3847 or emailing LeAnn@LeAnnLMFT.com.