Highly Sensitive Person Part 2

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Photo by Joe.

After my post about being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), I got a ton of feedback and high fives from fellow HSPs.  If you haven't taken the self-test, do it here! I thought of a few more quirks that directly relate to my high sensitivity.  Can anyone else relate to these??

1.  I am horrible with directions.  I can't find my way anywhere. Anyone who has ever driven with me is nodding their head right now. I think I get lost in my thoughts and distracted by weird little things, like bumper stickers and clouds and potholes.  Makes it really hard to remember where I am and where I'm going.

2.  Music stresses me out.  I went through a two year music strike because it was just too stimulating. This must be hard for my music-loving husband.  I'm always telling him, "Please turn it down!  That techno beat is really stressing me out."

3. I order my chipotle online, then pick it up.  From the peace and quiet of my own home.  I get really flustered ordering in person.  That place is chaos.

4.  I'm empathetic to the max.  I can instantly sense and absorb peoples' moods, happy or sad. Their mood tends to stay with me for a long time after.

5.  I'm very very very sensitive to pain.  I also get a weird tickly feeling deep down in my gut when I see painful imagery, such as a surgery scene on TV.

6.   I am a good gardener.  My landscape designer (an HSP as well!) told me I would be.  I can spot a weed immediately, even if it's a stealthy little bugger hiding behind a plant.  I notice new growth in plants right away.  I often point out to Joe, "Oh, that plant has 3 new leaves, right there!" and I'm sure he couldn't care less.

7.  I'm an anti-procrastinator.  Taxes are always turned in by Valentine's Day.  Sisi's lunch is made the day before.  HSP's don't do very well under time crunches or pressure. Therefore, if possible, I always plan ahead.

8.  I get really HANGRY (hungry-angry).