My HSP “Symptoms”

I wanted to list some signs that led me to seriously consider that I may be an HSP, Highly Sensitive Person.  Here you go:

1.  When I get angry or upset, it takes me a long time to calm down.  Even if the conflict was satisfactorily resolved, I am still reacting physically.  I may have tears in my eyes long after the event; my chest gets really red – even to the point that people ask me about it; my heartbeat remains high; and other symptoms.

2.  I cry or get choked up very easily about things that other people wouldn’t.  Once I was talking about how several kids I knew were graduating, and my voice started to shake, and tears formed in my eyes.  Mind you, this was at a statewide service-provider meeting…

3.  I overthink.  Everything.

4.  I can never let go of worrying about what people think about me, or worrying about someone’s reaction to something stupid that I said.  I’ll ruminate on it for long after the moment has passed.

5.  Though I said I’m not sensitive to light and sounds, there is a major exception:  in the bathroom closest to my office at work has an alarmingly loud flush.  It reminds me of the toilet at school in kindergarten.  I hated to use that particular bathroom, because it was so loud.  I am also really unnerved by the loudness of my workplace toilet.  It’s not just like, “Oh, that’s loud and annoying.”  It makes me uncomfortable. Again, this is not usually an issue.  My favorite place in the world is New York City.  I have been to, and enjoy concerts.  I just can’t get past that toilet…

That’s all I can think of right now, because it’s late.  I’m SURE there are more.

What are you sensitive to?  What led you to explore what it means to be an HSP?



3 thoughts on “My HSP “Symptoms”

  1. Over-thinking everything is torture for me. I wish I could just make a decision and stick with it! I am also very sensitive to other people’s thoughts of me, and can’t handle any kind of criticism (perceived or real). Actually, my list of symptoms could fill a novel!


  2. I am reading The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron. I learnt about HSP in May this year and everything I have read so far as resonate with me deeply. I grew up in a christian home and made the person decision to follow Jesus when I was 13.
    I am sensitive to emotions, my own and others. I don’t get angry easy but when I do it’s more of a frustration where I cry not yell. Growing up I never fitted and was a loner, cried a lot about the little things, still do from ads, videos of cute animals, music etc. And I ruminate over conversations and my own thoughts.I’m very sensitive to caffeine, I have IBS and I wake up with the sun, like 5am-6am in the morning, I can’t sleep with any hint of light in my room. I have super good hearing, so I am a light sleeper. I’m hyper-vigilant. Like you I am on journey of discovery with facing childhood traumas and ACE (adverse childhood experiences) and therefore learning about PTSD and dealing with anxiety. I can see how everything from my childhood affects me today. This comment is already longer than the other too, lol. So I’ll stop here. It is just great to know there is nothing wrong with me and I am not alone anymore. xo

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