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Do you seem to think about things more than everyone else? Do you long to get away from loud noises, bright lights, and overwhelming situations? Do you spend a lot of time worrying about how other people are feeling?
Yes? You may well be highly sensitive.
This time last year I had no idea what a Highly Sensitive Person was. I had heard the term a few times but never given it any attention. In all honesty it wasn’t a label that positively appealed to me. I didn’t like the idea of being called ‘sensitive’.
But towards the end of 2013 I read another blog post about it. After a brief ‘aha’ moment I delved deeper by reading The Highly Sensitive Person, in which Elaine Aron introduces the concept of ‘high sensory processing sensitivity‘, and debunks a lot of the stigma surrounding it.
The more I read the more I realised quite how much the traits that she described applied to me.