Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)
Do you sometimes wish you didn’t feel things so deeply or numb out to escape the stress of life or wounds from the past? It spills over into your thoughts, sleep, appetite, behaviors and relationships…pretty much everywhere. When it comes to other people’s feelings, you are like a sponge. You are often so tuned into others, that you have forgotten yourself or really don’t even know who you are anymore.
If so, you might be a Highly Sensitive Person (Click here for assessment). According to psychologist Elaine Aron, about 20% of the population have particular genetic characteristics that make them keenly attuned to the world around them. Other people’s feelings. Loud sounds and noises. Violence and graphic images. Change. Conflict. The environment. This can make for a bumpy ride, especially if you haven’t had help in learning how to navigate the terrain along the way. Or you have been told to stop being so sensitive and thin skinned!
What if you could respond differently to those external stressors rather than react in ways that result in shame or regret? If you could feel a calm confidence, where the stress and uncertainty on the outside doesn’t control how you feel on the inside? Or if you could live more freely and lightly, and learn to love yourself, others and the world differently?
It is possible to live life freely and lightly, and feel good about you! A life of grace and truth in the midst of the storms. A life that thrives in the challenges and embraces the gift of your sensitivity.