May 15, 2006

You mean there are others........

On the advice of several friends and past acquaintances I have finally started therapy to help resolve issues that threaten all my realtionships. One session and I have learned so much. I thought I was near being OCD, but I know I wasn't as bad as I've seen on TV or read about. But am not anywhere near being OCD. I have an HSP personality. It is normal, and occurs in 20% of the population. HSP stands for Highly Sensitive Person. He then gave me some reading material, and it was like someone was in my head seeing how I lived my life. Yes, This is me.
Attributes and Characteristics of Being Highly Sensitive

Emotionally, Highly Sensitive People (HSP) are seen as shy, introverted and socially inhibited. They are often acutely aware of other's emotions. Sensitive people learn early in life to mask their wonderful attributes of sensitivity, intuition and creativity.

Physically, HSPs may have low tolerance to noise, glaring lights, strong odors, clutter and/or chaos. They tend to have more body awareness of themselves and know instinctually when the environment they are in is not working for them.

Socially, they may feel like misfits. They actually enjoy their own company and are totally comfortable being alone.

Psychologically, HSPs compensate for their sensitivity by either protecting themselves by being alone too much, or, by trying to be 'normal' or sociable which then over-stimulates them into stress.

Work and career is particularly challenging for HSPs. They are often overlooked for promotions even though they are usually the most conscientious employees. They are excellent project oriented employees because they are responsible and thorough in their work.

Relationships can be difficult. In relationships they may be confronted with their unresolved personal issues. They can however, offer their partner the gifts of their intuitive insights.

Culturally, HSPs do not fit the tough, stoic and outgoing ideals of modern society and what is portrayed in the entertainment media.

Childhood wounds have a more devastating effect on HSPs. It is important for them to heal their past hurts because they cannot just forget them and go on in denial.

Spiritually, sensitive people have a greater capacity for inner searching. This is one of their greatest blessings.

Nutritionally, HSPs may need more simplicity in their diet. They may be vitally aware of the effects of food on the health of their body and their emotional stability.

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