What is Highly Sensitive?

High Sensitivity is a naturally-occurring temperament trait found in approximately 20-30% of the population.

The trait appears equally in men & women.

70% of HSPs are introverts, but 30% are extroverts.

Scientists have identified the HS trait in over 100 different animal species - always in a similar percentage. This has led them to conclude that having 20% of a species' population that's Highly Sensitive confers an evolutionary advantage that ensures the species' survival. After all, it's the HS amongst the population that notice the first signs of danger, alert the others & therefore keep everyone safe.

 

Highly Sensitive People are built differently

fMRI studies have shown the Highly Sensitive brain takes in more information than the non-HS brain, & processes information more deeply. 

HSPs also have highly responsive nervous systems, which means they're triggered into fight or flight more readily.

Given these physiological differences, it makes sense that HSPs often feel overwhelmed. Our modern World is a busy & overstimulating place to live in, even for those who aren't sensitive.

 

Dandelions, Tulips & Orchids

If you think of sensitivity as a spectrum from low to high, researchers have shown that people fall into low (30%), medium (40%) & high (30%) groups.

So that none of these groups were deemed better or worse than others, those on the low end of the sensitivity spectrum were called Dandelions as they were robust & grow anywhere, whereas those on the high end of the sensitivity spectrum were called Orchids, needing specific environments & nurturing to grow well.

Note that Orchids develop particular beauty & delicacy if raised in the right conditions!

The group in the middle were called Tulips as they weren't as robust as the Dandelions, or as delicate as the Orchids.

(Boyce & Ellis, 2005 & Pluess et al. 2018)

 

How do I know whether I'm Highly Sensitive?

There are 5 Key characteristics that all HSPs have. Most people will have some of these, but if you're Highly Sensitive, you'll have all of them - to some degree:

  • Depth of Processing
  • Overstimulation/Overwhelm
  • Emotional Intensity
  • Empathy
  • Sensing Subtleties

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What is Highly Sensitive?

..And what's up with all the Orchids?

 

High Sensitivity is a naturally-occurring temperament trait that's found in approximately 20-30% of the population.

Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) have brains that take in more information than the non-HS brain, & processes the information more deeply. HSPs also have highly responsive nervous systems, which means they're triggered into fight or flight more readily.

Contrary to what most people may think, the trait is found equally in men & women.

Scientists have found the HS trait in over 100 different animal species - always in a similar percentage. This has led them to conclude that having 20% of a species' population that's Highly Sensitive confers an evolutionary advantage that ensures the species' survival. After all, it's the HS amongst the population that notice the first signs of danger, alert the others & therefore keep everyone safe.

So what do Orchids have to do with HSPs?

If you think of sensitivity as a spectrum from low to high, researchers have shown that people fall into low (30%), medium (40%) & high (30%) groups.

So that none of these groups were deemed better or worse than others, those on the low end of the sensitivity spectrum were called Dandelions as they were robust & will grow anywhere, whereas those on the high end of the sensitivity spectrum were called Orchids as they need specific environments & nurturing to grow well.

Note that Orchids can develop particular beauty & delicacy if raised in the right conditions.

The group in the middle were called Tulips as they weren't as robust as the Dandelions, or as delicate as the Orchids. (Boyce & Ellis, 2005 & Pluess et al. 2018)

How do I know whether I'm Highly Sensitive?

There are 5 Key characteristics that all HSPs have. Most people will have some of these, but if you're Highly Sensitive, you'll have all of them - to some degree:

  • Depth of Processing
  • Overstimulation/Overwhelm
  • Emotional Intensity
  • Empathy
  • Sensing Subtleties

Want to learn more about the DOES characteristics & why I believe being sensitive is a gift? Receive my mini-guide '5 Key Indicators & Why the World Needs You to Stop Playing Small & Step Into the Greatness You Were Born With' by signing up to my newsletter!

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