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Highly Sensitive People

A highly sensitive person (HSP) is someone who has a more sensitive nervous system and is more aware of subtleties in their environment. They also tend to be more easily overwhelmed by highly stimulating environments. The term "highly sensitive person" was popularized by psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron, who identified several key characteristics of HSPs, including:

1. Deep Processing: HSPs tend to process information deeply, which means they think about things more thoroughly and reflect on their experiences more deeply.

2. Overstimulation: Due to their heightened sensitivity, HSPs can become easily overwhelmed by bright lights, loud noises, or chaotic environments.

3. Emotional Reactivity and Empathy: HSPs often have strong emotional responses and are deeply empathetic, feeling the emotions of others intensely.

4. Sensitivity to Subtle Stimuli: HSPs are more attuned to subtleties in their environment, such as small changes in temperature, smells, or textures.

5. Awareness of the Arts and Beauty: HSPs often have a strong appreciation for music, art, and nature, and may be deeply moved by beauty.

Understanding and embracing their sensitivity can help HSPs manage overstimulation and leverage their unique strengths.

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