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?