What does being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) mean?

Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is a term coined by psychologist, researcher, and HSP herself, Elaine Aron. According to Aron’s theory, HSPs are a subset of the population who are high in a personality trait known as sensory-processing sensitivity, or SPS. Those with high levels of SPS display increased emotional sensitivity, stronger reactivity to stimuli, both external and internal, as well as a full and complex inner life. Many HSPs describe being told they are too sensitive, overreacting, and were not validated or celebrated for their full selves. Maybe they are often told to “stop crying,” ”suck it up,” or “just calm down.” If this sounds like you, I really believe you deserve to be seen as your full and entire self, and celebrated for the strengths that this trait provides.

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