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What is HSP? These are the characteristics of highly sensitive people. Includes HSP Test

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What is hsp or high sensitivity?

In HSP and sensitivity, multiple factors play a role, such as the brain, nervous system and senses.

Moreover, the sensitivities can arise in different areas: physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual. In principle, someone can be sensitive to everything: to people, animals and plants; for noises and weather changes, you name it. It can be information and impressions that come in from the outside world, and information that comes from your own system: your own thoughts, feelings, or organs.

Researchhasshown that some people are more sensitive than others. Every moment of the day we acquire impressions through our senses, hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and feeling. highly sensitive persons are more than average sensitive to the impressions and stimuli that come to them. They notice all kinds of subtle signals, details and nuances that pass other people’s attention, which can even manifest as psychic ability.

Without highly sensitive people, the world would be very different. Many artists, poets and writers were delicate, highly sensitive people. For example, consider Bach, Vincent van Gogh, Kandinsky and Hermann Hesse.

HSP certainly has advantages , although there are also downsides.

For example, HSP is almost automatically associated with a high psychological vulnerability.

Especially when someone is not aware of his or her high sensitivity, the positive qualities will not come into their own, and psychological problems can even arise.

The first steps in properly processing all impressions and experiences is the realization that you are a highly sensitive person.

Scientific research into hsp

Not much scientific research into hsp has been done yet. One of the few who has been involved in it isElaine Aron, assistant professor of psychology and psychotherapist in America. Aron made high sensitivity her life’s work and is the founder of the concept of hsp.

Through her research and using Jungian psychoanalysis, she was able to give a very accurate description of the phenomenon of “high sensitivity”. Aron reread existing literature on psychology as it pertains to the subject of high sensitivity. She conducted interviews with both men and women who considered themselves to be highly sensitive. She tested adults as well as children and even infants. As a result of all this, a lot of new information came to the fore.

According to Elaine Aron, no less than 20% of the population worldwide appears to be highly sensitive. That’s quite a lot. So much so that we can rightly ask ourselves whether high sensitivity is really so special (paranormal or abnormal). Isn’t high sensitivity becoming a very ordinary, dead normal trait, because more and more highly sensitive people are incarnating?

Elaine Aron HSP
Psychologist Elaine Aron: the figurehead of the HSPs

In her theory, Aron makes a distinction between two other types of personalities, namely those of sensation seekers (thrill seeking types) and those of peace seekers.

Sensation seekers are people who are looking for new and intense experiences. They like adventurous travel, get a kick out of exciting and dangerous sports, and take risks. This group of HSPs is easily overstimulated and bored just as easily. The other variant is the highly sensitive person, who likes a quiet and regular life without sensation. They take things as they come.

In her book “Highly sensitive persons”, Aron reports on her research, and includes a questionnaire with which the reader can discover whether or not he/she belongs to the HSP category.

The test is included below .

It is thanks to Elaine Aron that high sensitivity has been put on the map and has become a topic of discussion. In addition, it is of course to her credit that many people now recognize themselves in her description, as well as in the problems associated with high sensitivity.

Also worth mentioning is the Swiss doctor and psychotherapistSamuel Pfeifer, who also believes that people with a high sensitivity belong to a special group. Pfeifer wrote a book on this subject entitled “Highly Sensitive People. Living between gift and vulnerability” .

Characteristics of Highly Sensitive Persons

We don’t like to put people in boxes and boxes. Nevertheless, an overview of characteristics can help an HSP to get to know himself better and to accept his/her high sensitivity.

Everyone wants to be themselves; can be as you are on the inside. If you then know about yourself that you are a highly sensitive person, that can have a liberating and relieving effect.

What are the characteristics of high sensitivity? Below is a summary of the most important qualities and their dark side. However, it does not have to be the case that the hsp -er recognizes itself in all the properties mentioned. They are just possibilities.

1. In the first place, an HSP will tell you that they feel different from others . Why they feel different remains a mystery to many and is hard to put into words. People often say that they feel at home on another planet, which already indicates that one is not exactly in his element on earth. It is clear that many HSPs do not feel understood and accepted by their fellow human beings, and do not know how to deal with heavy and negative vibrations.

2. As noted, HSPs are more psychologically sensitive than the average person. They are very sensitive to atmosphere, to emotions and moods of other people. From their natural openness there is a strong connection with other people, who are sharply felt and understood from the heart.

3. Also in the physical area, the HSP is often significantly more sensitive than average. They are a good listener to their body and often know exactly what is going on in the body and what it needs. That’s why they are quite picky about food.

Since the senses are quickly overstimulated, stress is always lurking and physical complaints can be the result. Abdominal pain (especially in children), stomach pain, intestinal complaints, headaches, fatigue, colds, viruses and strange sensations of unease, occur more than once. These often concern vague complaints that the doctor is unable to diagnose.

A highly sensitive person generally has a low pain and tolerance threshold. hsp people have to deal with allergic reactions more often than average, including food allergies. They may also not react well to foreign substances such as vaccinations, medicines and insect bites.

Furthermore, there may be sensitivity with regard to clothing and jewelry. Pinching clothing, seams and hard pieces in clothing, itchy fabrics… these are things that the hsp can’t handle very well, and that can lead to skin irritations.

4. hsp people live from their heart, which means that they are committed to other people .

Especially with the needy and less fortunate in society. They are caring and prefer a profession in the care sector.

They feel responsible for the environment and love nature, animals and plants.

5. Highly sensitive people have a great need for balance and a calm environment. They can intensely enjoy art, music and nature, which makes them easily emotional and moved. Because they perceive their environment very intensely, hearing music, for example, can be an overwhelming experience.

The hsp -er needs beauty more than other people.

6. hsp people are characterized by a rich, inner world of experience. They like depth. They will think a lot and deeply about life, and about everything they experience inside. They like to (day)dream and fantasize.

7. Because of their sensitivity, noticing details and nuances is part of the essential nature of an HSP. It makes them perfectionists who know how to execute everything they are doing to perfection. One will first consider all the details before taking a step and taking action. The high sensitivity in combination with the attention to details also means that dangers are identified at an early stage.

The downside is that the HSP often experiences incoming impressions as very complex, has difficulty making choices, and tends to worry. They are afraid of making mistakes.

8. Highly sensitive people don’t like to come to the fore. They are modest people, who are more anxious and shy than less sensitive people.

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High sensitivity from the heart

What is typical of highly sensitive people is that they live with all their heart and soul. The soul of man is reflected in the heart. Here also the Christ consciousness reveals itself, or the power of love that brings life.

An open heart ensures that we are connected with the environment and with ourselves. When there is an open connection with the heart chakra, the life of the hsp -er will be characterized by love and wisdom. Living from the heart means living from unconditional Love. You accept everyone, including yourself as you are.

Through an open heart man is in touch with feelings of understanding, compassion and tenderness for everything and everyone around us. which explains why HSPs have a natural need to be of service and to assist other people, without egocentric motives. For a HSP who lives from the heart, society often comes across as harsh because it is more egocentric and out of self-interest.

High sensitivity and awareness

Elaine Aron sees high sensitivity as a hereditary trait. In any case, high sensitivity seems to arise from a person’s whole being. But how can this be explained?

The most obvious is that the souls incarnating today are closer to the divine Source of Being. As a result, their energy is tuned to a higher and more harmonious vibration than the average human being. The higher vibration explains the natural wisdom of hsp -ers, and why they are able to pick up very subtle vibrations and often at a great distance. The more aware a soul is, the more sensitive and intense everything is experienced.

A conscious soul is therefore always a highly sensitive soul, which results in a “felt realization”. Either a clear consciousness through feeling. However, conversely, a highly sensitive person does not have to be aware of his or her high sensitivity. Moreover, highly sensitive persons are not always aware of the Source of Being. In this case the hsp -er will unconscious of the higher Self, and he/she lives more from his “I”.

In other words: it is not the high sensitivity that causes difficulties, but it is the I-experience that is still present that throws a spanner in the works. People will not know how to deal with themselves and the high sensitivity. The ego wants to compare and measure itself with other people, but the high sensitivity does not fit into this image. So people will soon think that there is something wrong with him or her.main themes of hsp

The hsp test

The hsp test is a self-test consisting of 23 questions. It was developed by Elaine Aron and Arthur Aron (1997). Answer all questions with yes or no. Answer them as it feels to you. Answer yes if somewhat true. Write down the number of yes and/or no times, and give yourself a point for each “yes”.

The test is taken from anarticlepublished on October 9, 2009

  1. I am aware of subtle signals in my environment.
  2. I am influenced by the moods of others.
  3. I am quite sensitive to pain.
  4. During busy days I notice that I need to withdraw to a place where I can be alone undisturbed.
  5. I am sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
  6. I easily get overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or loud sirens.
  7. I have a rich, complex inner world.
  8. I am not comfortable with loud noises.
  9. I can be deeply moved by art or music.
  10. I am conscientious (want to do things according to my conscience).
  11. I get scared easily.
  12. I feel rushed when I have a lot to do in a short time.
  13. I get annoyed when people try to make me do too many things at once.
  14. I try very hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things.
  15. I don’t watch violent movies or TV shows on principle.
  16. I feel uncomfortable when a lot is happening around me.
  17. Changes in my life upset me.
  18. I have a nose for delicate smells, tastes, sounds and enjoy them.
  19. Avoiding situations that upset me is a high priority for me.
  20. As a child I was considered sensitive or shy by my parents or teachers.
  21. When people don’t feel comfortable in a physical environment, I usually know what needs to be done to change that.
  22. If I am very hungry, it has a strong influence on my ability to concentrate or my mood.
  23. If I have to compete with someone or be looked down on, I get so nervous that my performance is much less than usual

Evaluation of the hsp test

0-7 points

You are probably not an hsp -er, although this cannot be said for sure. Because if, for example, two items are very true for you, it may be that you are highly sensitive.

8-14 points

There are different degrees of sensitivity. You are probably sensitive but possibly not highly sensitive. That can be a big advantage because you can feel a lot of things, but you don’t have the problems that the highly sensitive have.

15-23 points

You are most likely highly sensitive (hsp-er). It may be useful to delve more deeply into the phenomenon of hsp. For example, by reading more about it, or by getting in touch with other HSPs.

Prejudices about highly sensitive people

You would say that the special skills of HSPs are appreciated in society. But no, nothing could be further from the truth. There are many prejudices and often the HSP has to deal with a lot of criticism and incomprehension. It is one of the reasons why people don’t feel particularly at home on earth.

Naturally, the environment notices that an HSP can tolerate less and behaves differently. An HSP will withdraw more often than usual, and will not want to participate in busy and exciting games. It makes the hsp -er anything but popular. Because they don’t feel at home at big events and crowded gatherings such as parties and birthdays, they are often seen as antisocial, aloof and bummer.

Due to their low tolerance and pain threshold, highly sensitive people can appear affected, petty and childish. Remarks along the lines of “be a bit bolder”, “don’t act like that” and “don’t act so unsociable” will sound familiar to the hsp-er.

The difficulty is that society is still too little familiar with the phenomenon of HSP and hardly tolerates deviant behaviour. highly sensitive children are often bullied at school, and are not always understood even by their parents. All in all, it means that an HSP has difficulty finding a connection and has to compete with society’s expectations.

The processing of stimuli in hsp-ers

High sensitivity details that many impressions and stimuli enter someone and in a fairly intense way. What others do not experience as a nuisance, the HSP will experience as a nuisance.

What can be an extraordinary hindrance for the HSP is actually quite a lot: loud music, people screaming, other people’s emotions, traffic noises, busy parties, crowds a shopping center, a hectic job, a fast-paced life, bright lights and strange smells… for an HSP it can quickly be too much. An unkind comment can hit him to the core, feeling like a blow to the soul.

It needs no further explanation that all impressions and information have to be processed . The trajectory from incoming sensation to and processing it is different for the HSP than for the average person. In the first place because the impressions are experienced so intensely.

Elaine Aron compares the processing of stimuli with a sorting machine:

“A highly sensitive person sorts stimuli into ten variants, while someone else perceives only two or three variants.”

The processing of information is therefore more extensive, more precise and with a greater eye for details among HSPs, which makes the processing process especially complex.
All this costs an HSP extra time. In practice, however, that time is often not there, while in the meantime new impressions are constantly being added. Then there is the risk that the bucket will overflow, which manifests itself in irritations, fits of crying or an outburst of anger. The overstimulation results in further impressions being experienced as an attack. high sensitivity can easily turn into hypersensitivity. The violent reactions and emotional disruption can even develop psychiatric complaints.

hsp & feel

It is of course very important for HSPs to understand exactly what they are feeling and why. This section goes into that a bit more deeply, in a more esoteric way.

Sensitivity comes in sizes and types.

In addition to their high sensitivity, HSPs can simply be sensitive, have clear feelings, are hypersensitive and sensitive. We can sense, feel, sympathize and anticipate. These are all conditions with a slightly different meaning, which can be mixed up with the HSP. All forms of feeling have little to do with feelings and emotions; the more with the feeling of it. Feeling means as much as touching. It is the ability to perceive a touch, or pressure, and we call this form of perception “feeling”.

“Living close to your feelings” and “listening to your feelings” therefore mean as much as: feeling clearly or perceiving that you are being touched by something – a vibration or impulse.

What is touched and felt are by no means only the vibrations of feelings or emotions, but also impulses and stimuli from other sources. For example, sensitivity to weather conditions, and sensitivity to seasonal changes. Most people are able to sense a certain atmosphere. For example in a shopping center or at someone’s home. Other people may feel the presence of a deceased relative, or the proximity of guides, angels, and nature beings.

You can feel that someone is looking at you, or thinking about you, etc., etc. Feeling is therefore also a form of contact. You can feel tingling, or distinguish between warm and cold vibrations, light or heavy vibrations. You can also be hypersensitive to everything that can be felt.For example for light, for sound, for other people’s emotions,

Two misunderstandings can therefore be immediately cleared up.

1. Feeling relates primarily to touching and touching, not to feelings and emotions.

2. People who are, as it were, overflowing with emotions, are not necessarily highly sensitive. On the contrary.

These people are hypersensitive. They are highly emotional, have little control over their emotions and moods, and communicate from the lower chakras. Anyway, when feeling there is a touch or pressure, on our tactile body to be precise. In fact, the tactile body is the tool with which man can feel and touch. Other names for this are emotional body, astral body or also desire body. All sensations, experiences, emotions and feelings, thoughts and memories can be felt and felt here as energies. The vibrations can be felt throughout the body, or at specific points such as the chakras.

Vibrations are imprinted or imprinted on the astral body. We then say “to get an impression of something”, “to be touched by something”, or that “our feeling says something”. You can compare it with something pressing on your skin or with someone touching you. In order to consciously deal with (high) sensitivity and to be able to work with it, it is therefore important to understand the astral body and its functioning.

Although there is much to tell, we will limit ourselves here to the main point, which consists of three points.

1. First of all, we must understand that the tactile body is under the influence of emotional and mental energy, which is constantly in flux. It is our present emotions and thoughts that determine how the tactile or emotional body looks and functions. When emotions flare up, for example, such as anger, fear, panic and strong desire energy, high waves are created in the body and it can flutter back and forth.

2. Furthermore, the astral body is an energy field where opposites are in conflict. Mental and emotional energy regarding good and evil, me and the other, etc. can flare up here and cause many emotions, fear, uncertainty and doubt.

In short, a restless astral body produces hypersensitivity rather than high sensitivity. And it is not possible to work well with such a body. You can’t feel good about it anymore.

Those who are in balance have a calm and calm emotional body. This enables one to perceive impressions and vibrations clearly and purely. We then speak of clear feeling, high sensitivity and sensitivity.

Sensitivity indicates that we come into contact with subtle energies that are not perceived through the senses, but are felt on a deeper level. Subtle energy can range from emotional or mental energy; or even energy that comes to us from the earth and cosmos. It is clear that these subtle vibrations are only noticeable in a quiet astral body, and are not perceived when there are many highly flared emotions in the astral body. It is therefore important to remain calm and in balance, and not to get carried away by all kinds of emotional states.

3. Thirdly, it is important to release one’s own astral body (aura or energy field) and to keep it separate from other energy fields; especially when it comes to emotional energy. Standing apart from the environment results in an energy field that surrounds you neatly like an egg or oval, and provides a natural closure. If not, connections and “cables” between one field and another can cause a lot of problems.

As for those connections and cables, the following.

Every HSP has a few antennas with which he can scan the environment. Antennae and feelers are nothing but focused attention and energy on something. Problems arise when you are unable to expand the antennas and retract your feelers. The bottom line is that the attention is then constantly focused on the environment (mainly on other people) and it is difficult to let it go.

Smart readers understand what this means; namely that you have trouble keeping attention to yourself.

You cannot Be Here and Now with yourself for the attention is always somewhere out there in another place; either past or future oriented. For example, because the grass is greener with your neighbor, you look for satisfaction in the outside world, or because of meddling for the other person.

If an HSP cannot keep to himself and keep his/her own aura separate, he/she is asking for trouble.

1. Connections are created by focusing attention on the environment, as a result of which energy is lost. You can no longer stand in your own strength. The own energy flows away along the connection, so that one becomes fatigued. After all, attention is energy.

2. Or one allows oneself to be sucked out by another through the connection. For example, by someone who demands a lot of attention.

3. When you cannot stay with yourself and cannot stand in your own strength, a fusion takes place between you and the environment. As a result, you are unable to discern which energies you are attuned to and what comes from the other. The bottom line is that it is difficult to distinguish which feelings and thoughts are your own and what is the other’s. What suits you and what suits the other? overstimulationThere is a risk of subconsciously bouncing on the energies of a group, as often happens at football matches. Unconscious and uncontrolled, the astral body is a jumble of energies, so that there is also attunement to the chaos in the world around you.

4. Because you feel and are more involved with the environment than with yourself, you know very little about yourself. You do not know your own vibration (tone, voltage), nor the vibration of your soul mates who resonate to the same vibration. You don’t feel which people are right for you or not.

5. Hypersensitivity occurs when the feelers are open too far so that too many stimuli are directed at someone at the same time, which cannot all be processed in one fell swoop. It is also possible that the stimuli are experienced as hard or rough. Then the bucket can overflow.

To a certain extent, everyone is receptive to something. For those who are unable to turn off their antennas and do not know how to shut themselves off, there is in fact only one adequate advice: stick to yourself.

Feeling is in a sense consciousness. So start by feeling what is happening in yourself on the level of vibrations and energies, and learn to deal with it. Get to know the one who stands in the middle of all these forces and energies: this is you as Aware-Being and Spectator.

Clear out what feels heavy and negative in your own system, so that your own vibration is raised, and you are not bothered by other people’s negativity. It’s the only proper protection there is. All other methods of shutting down are palliatives, which only help temporarily.

A neglected base chakra

Usually HSPs and spiritually minded people are attuned to the higher chakras. That is because one focuses mainly on the energy in the heart and on the more spiritual things; thus on experiences that are connected with the higher chakras: the heart center, the throat center and the two main centers.

What also occurs is the tendency to flee to “higher regions”, for example after a traumatic and shocking experience, or because – for whatever reason – people do not feel at home on earth.
The logical consequence of this is that the lower centers (especially the base chakra) receive too little attention and no longer function properly. Then it becomes difficult to still be in contact with the earth force and life energy, and complaints arise that especially HSP people suffer from: fatigue, dizziness, headache and a feeling of absence.

It is the same earth force and life energy in the base chakra that should provide man with firmness and strength, so that he is less vulnerable and sensitive to stimuli: loud noises, angry words, shocking experiences, etc. Even the feeling of not being at home on earth. hearing is related to a base chakra that does not work optimally.

What is going on on a deeper level is that our consciousness and our energy (the spiritual bodies) are not properly distributed over the physical body, and are no longer properly aligned with it. In other words: one is not well in the body. The energy becomes detached from it and/or rises above it. For example, people who spend too much time in the head can easily make contact with their head and upper body, but have little or no feeling in the lower body, legs and feet.

This can make you feel fuzzy, absent, or absent-minded. One is not quite there, because the consciousness and attention is not present here and now, but somewhere outside the body. We are then no longer in contact with our core, and we become, so to speak, “outside ourselves” or become “detached from ourselves”.

The situation can be explained as follows. In addition to the physical body, man possesses other bodies. Among other things, an ethereal and astral body. All these energy bodies should fit neatly together like jackets. The chakras (energy centers) that connect the bodies can be compared to buttons and buttonholes in a jacket. They should connect neatly to each other, so that the energy can flow freely. If one jacket is higher than another jacket, or if one jacket extends beyond the other jacket, the buttons no longer fit together and a problem arises in the energy supply.

Properly ground and ground

The body is the temple of the soul, which one must take good care of. For HSPs in particular, it is of great importance to sit firmly in the body ( ground and ground ), in order to strengthen their inner strength. We also call it: “being good in your own skin”.

Some HSPs express their high sensitivity through contact with the spiritual world.

That could be deceased relatives, guides, angels or other beings. Intuitive and clairvoyant perceptions in this area, however, only come to us in a pure and reliable way when we are well grounded, have a sober outlook and stand with both feet firmly on the ground. It prevents us from floating. Earth power is stimulated by engaging in earthly, material activities: sports, walking, gardening, cycling. This will allow the energy to flow again and you will feel better about yourself.

But also doing calculations and training the memory through games ensure that you are fully involved again. What can also help is working with earth colours: brown, red, orange. You can paint with these colors, decorate your house with them or attune your clothing to them. Finally, it is advisable to pay attention to the breathing , and to strengthen the abdominal breathing. In people who are not well grounded, the breath is too high because they only use chest breathing.

There are various exercises to promote grounding . Below are the three most famous.

1. It is obvious that there should be good contact between the feet and the ground you are standing on. Relax the knee and ankle joints and let the consciousness sink deep into the feet (many people don’t feel their feet and toes). You can visualize that the feet sink a bit into the ground.

2. You can visualize roots growing from the feet deep into the center of the earth. Feel the earth force flowing up through the roots and permeating the whole body.

3. In the third exercise you use gravity. You imagine getting very heavy (particularly the lower body, legs and feet) so that you descend deeper into the body towards the feet and ground.

Tips for highly sensitive people

As with everything in life, high sensitivity has pros and cons. Below are a few tips to avoid the stumbling blocks.

1. We are shaped by the views of our parents, teachers and society. But when they understand little or nothing about our high sensitivity, we run the risk of growing up into someone we’re not. Then you have no choice but to put aside old and entrenched beliefs and go in search of who you really are.

Try to be yourself and don’t compare yourself to other people. Accept yourself as you are.

2. There is a lot that the HSP cannot and cannot deal with. As a result, HSPs can experience themselves as inferior and limiting; especially if they start comparing themselves to other people. Work on your self-esteem and be mindful of your own limits.

3. Everything that the word too stands for has the opposite effect for the HSP, and can become a stumbling block: being too perfectionist, working too hard, too caring for others, too little attention for yourself. to hypersensitivity, irritations, fatigue syndrome ME, burnout, borderline, addictions, depression, and many other complaints that are difficult to trace.

So a useful tip for an HSP is to find a balance. Try to build a balance between rest and activity. Take breaks more often in between activities. You want to help other people, but you also need to take care of yourself. You want to be with other people, but it is also healing to be alone from time to time and again yourself. You quickly feel connected to other people, but it is equally necessary to keep your inner distance and set your boundaries.

4. By too strong stimuli and negative energy you are pulled away from yourself. Your energy is being sucked away, which feels like you are completely empty. And this is how the HSP becomes exhausted. To prevent over-fatigue, it is important for the HSP to take sufficient rest, so that the energy is recharged.

An HSP finds that inner peace and quiet in nature. Meditation and yoga can also help. Finally, it is important to isolate yourself at regular intervals, so that you can come to yourself again and the energy is recharged.

Build in regularity. Eat on time and go to bed on time. Do things at your own rhythm and pace. More haste less speed.cogs

Try to go with the flow of life and live in accordance with the natural cycles. Including those of the seasons.

5. At the transition from Piscean to Aquarius, the vibrational frequency of humanity is increased. However, the ego resonates to a heavier vibration. When we free ourselves from ego, we can vibrate with the lighter vibrations of unity, light and love.

hsp videos

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