10 Signs You’re A Highly Sensitive Person

You’re at work and an email comes in from the boss, providing a few tweaks to a presentation you spent all week working on. You know that most of the feedback is no big deal, but nevertheless, it leaves you feeling like complete and total crap.

Even though you logically realize there’s loads of evidence that proves you’re a smart, efficacious person, you can’t seem to shake the terrible feeling of inadequacy. Although others might not find this situation such a big deal, to you it holds the weight of predicting your entire career to be a failure.

Sound familiar? If so, you may be one of the 20 percent of people who fall into the “highly sensitive person” (HSP) category.

In general, this includes people who feel everything in the world around them more intensely, from emotions to sights and sounds. This can manifest itself in heightened sensitivities including an aversion to loud noises and itchy clothes as well as a keen ability to pick up on others’ feelings or concerns, however subtle.

The Highly Sensitive Person

10 Key Qualities That Signal You’re A Highly Sensitive Person

1. You’re used to hearing “don’t take things so personally”.

2. Receiving feedback is your worst nightmare.

3. You live inside your head.

4. Decisions are stress-inducing.

5. You’re a stickler for details.

6. You exude kindness.

7. You’re a problem solver.

8. Tiny annoyances grind your gears.

9. You go through tissues like it’s your job.

10. You’d rather go for a run than play on a volleyball team.

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