Highly Sensitive Personality, or HSP as it is known, is not really a disorder, it is a valid trait. It has positive and negative characteristics. Its being positive or negative is defined more by the environment’s needs than the person who is highly sensitive. Highly Sensitive Person comprise around 15% – 20% of our population, it was also studied that there is a correlation between being highly sensitive and being a gifted person. Although not all highly sensitive people are gifted, all gifted person are highly sensitive.
Highly Sensitive People are also sometimes referred to as Ultra Sensitive People, Super Sensitive People, or People with “Overexcitabilities. One symptom of a highly sensitive person is that he has a deeper understanding of human emotions and is able to read a person’s mind and moods. Such people skill is a plus in people management work and in grade school or high school teaching jobs. But it may be a minus for a retail store that requires immediate response to an irate client.
A highly sensitive personality is cautious and takes time to reflect and therefore process things. When reflecting on something he is able to pick out subtle a point that adds to the learning. Fortunately, a highly sensitive person is good in focusing and concentrating and so is able to organize and complete the processing of his thoughts. A Highly Sensitive Person’s nervous systems are different and are more sensitive to subtleties in their environment, which can be a good or bad thing.
When can it become a disorder?
A HSP tends to be a loner, yet performs well when faced with people, especially those that he knows. Because of their cautiousness in processing their thoughts before taking action, they are more able to avoid errors than others. But they can get very sensitive in finding errors. They are loyal, sentimental and thoughtful, caring and compassionate yet prefer to be alone and spend quiet moments often in spiritual endeavor. They are sensitive to noise and smell.
Take all these into extreme and it becomes a disorder. Too much of anything can really have bad effects, this is when a normal trait becomes a disorder. One example of a person of having a Highly Sensitive Person Disorder is when someone who hears a normal ring tone, and finds it too noisy to bear. Simple music is noise to their ears, and they get irritated immediately in these instances. That is why these people are not advised to work in specific job that entail immediate reactions. Aside from being very analytical, their sensitivity can cause aggression ones they are under pressure. Some of the jobs that they cannot work with are public speaking or impromptu speaking, first aid or paramedic, emergency situations and instantaneous events. These jobs that entail instant decision making are not fit for people with this disorder. What they can work on are strategic analysis, like programming or scientific experimentation where there is no time frame and entails continuous analysis of data. Because Highly Sensitive Persons are known to be perfectionists, they sometime have a hard time accomplishing things that should be done because everything seems to be substandard for them.
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