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The HSP – The Highly Sensitive Person

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Welcome back to another entry from “Candace’s Corner!” Today I will be talking about one of my favorite topics…. HSP! This is something that is often misunderstood or not even heard of per se say. That being said, there is more likely a HSP in your life in one way or another.

What is HSP you may ask? I only recently (within the last 5 or so years) have learned what HSP means and boy did so many questions start to make sense once I learned what this was! In my own words a person who is HS (highly sensitive) can be and usually is a lot more sensitive to just about everything in life and around the “average” person. As a young child (and quite honestly even now into my 30’s) I was constantly being told “You are so sensitive” and I didn’t really know what that meant. Sure I cry very easily and over just about any emotion, but that’s not where it ends… For myself I am highly sensitive in many ways. For example: I am Extremely sensitive to touch. If I misjudge walking around a corner and graze my shoulder or arm on the edge the pain is more intense that it should be. I bruise like a peach. Any clothing that is too tight hurts, but it’s not just touch, it’s sound too. I get very easily overstimulated and will often avoid loud situations as my ears get overwhelmed and in turn my emotions can be overwhelmed and I usually become agitated. HSP feels emotions like anyone else but magnify that by about 100!

It’s a blessing and a curse. For myself I’ve found my whole life I’ve been extra sympathetic to people and animals and become the type of person that would go out of my way to help a stranger or even an insect out! I truly believe that some people can sense that I am this way because I will have little elderly people stop and ask for my help :). My sense of smell is also very heightened. It’s funny the one sense that is definitely the opposite is my eyesight. I am as blind as a bat. An HSP often gets overwhelmed easily. This I can definitely attest to. An HSP will definitely be overwhelmed and may even shut down if they find that they have too much to do in a small amount of time. An HSP will almost always tend to avoid “scary movies” or shows that have graphic content. I definitely get this. Being an HSP is not a bad thing, it’s just something that is simply misunderstood. Do you have an HSP in your life? Are you an HSP?

Anyways I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and my take on what it’s like to be an HSP :D.

Until Next Time…

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