Thursday, March 10, 2011

Are You Highly Sensitive?

Do you have vivid dreams? Can too much sound or bright lighst become overwhelming to you?  Have you ever been told that you are too sensitive? Do you need alone time as part of your daily routine? One of the books I am working on reading is the Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aaron.  I've pretty much always known I was a sensitive. Though didn't know it had a definition till a few years back.  In most cases being a highly sensitive person is an inherited trait, though there are some cases of people whom have developed it. For those who are highly sensitive and are unaware that they are they may find themselves walking through life questioning if they are crazy, when in fact they are gifted.

HSP's absorb much more then the average person.  Where someone who isn't sensitive will walk into a room and notice one or two things like the furniture or the food available an HSP will walk in and sense the mood of the room and sometimes each individual person, the air quality, any smells present in any area of the room, the lighting, the noise, the colors.  In other words if you are looking for someone to recall details ask an HSP.  Where most people can ignore loud music, sirens, and crouds, glaring lights, weird odors and chaos in general they can really bother an HSP.  Hence the need to spend alone time somewhere quiet and not as stimulating in order to come back to center.  Highly Sensitives are very misunderstood and can be labeled as shy or weak, or emotional.

Highly Sensitives are very intuitive.   We are highly conscientious people.  We can achieve deep levels of concentration when in an area free of distractions.  Highly sensitive people tend to fill the advisor roles in this world.  We are the writers, historians, philosophers, judges, artists, researchers, theologians, therapists, and teachers to name a few.  It has been proven that we utilize the right side of our brain more.

Most of you will be familiar with Carl Jung as the father of Psychology.  A few quotes from him were used in the chapter I'm reading and I wanted to share them with you.  Jung says that "a certain innate sensitiveness produces a special prehistory, a special way of experiencing infantile events" and that "events bound up with powerful impressions can never pass off without leaving some trace on sensitive people." Jung says that the intuitive ones, HSP's are naturally more influenced by their unconscious, which gives them information of the "utmost importace," a "prophetic foresight."

For those who are familiar with working with your conscious mind vs your subconscious mind you can see how this could give an HSP quite the intuitive advantage.  Hence, why we are "gifted". However we will walk a tougher life for this gift unless we know how to control it.  I will leave you with the test from the introduction of the book to help you decide if you are an HSP. :)

Are You Highly Sensitive? 
A Self-Test 
from the Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N Aron

Answer each question according to the way you feel.  Answer true if it is at least somewhat true for you.  Answer false if it is not very true or not at all true for you.

 - I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment.

 - Other people's moods affect me.

 - I tend to be very sensitive to pain.

 - I find myself needing to withrdraw during busy days, into bed or into a darkened room or any place where I can have some privacy and relief from stimulation. 

 - I am particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine.

 - I am easily overwhelmed by bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens close by.

 - I have a rich, complex inner life.

 - I am made uncomfortable by loud noises.

 - I am deeply moved by the arts or music.

 - I am conscientious.

 - I startle easily.

 - I get rattled when I have a lot to do in a short amount of time. 

 - When people are uncomfortable in a physical environment I tend to know what needs to be done to make it more comfortable. (like changing the lighting or seating)

 - I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once.

 - I try hard to avoid mistakes or forgetting things.

 - I make it a point to avoid violent movies and tv shows.

 - I become unpleasantly aroused when a lot is going on around me.

 - Being very hungry creates a strong reaction in me, disrupting my concentration or mood. 

 - Changes in life shake me up.

 - I notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, works of art.

 - I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations.

 - When I must compete or be observed while performing a task, I become so nervous or shaky that I do much worse then I would otherwise. 

 - When I was a child, my parents or teachers seemed to see me as sensitive or shy. 


Scoring Yourself

If you answered true to twelve or more of the questions, you're probably highly sensitive.

I scored a 22 lol :) What about you?

Love and Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for this! I understand so much more about myself now, it all makes so much sense x
    Carolyn x

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  2. I am an hsp........it explains allot. Makes me feel better about myself now. Thank you Spirit for leading me to Jasmine :) Now what to do.......)o( Jackie Huber gothicrose_mg@yahoo.com

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  3. I was surprised that I scored a 19. All of my life I had put it down to just shyness and irritability, I'm relieved to know that there may be more to it. Now I feel that I should explore that part of myself more. Thank you :-)

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  4. Yes...to every single one of these questions! When I was little, I wouldn't speak to people. I was called a "loner" or a "weirdo" in grade school and junior high. Not because I didn't have my friends, because I did, I just didn't enjoy being around every single person in the school talking, screaming, or even laughing (even though laughter is one of my favorite sounds). I have to retreat when there is too much - somewhere dark is usually the key for me. Dark and quiet. Alone. If there is someone with me, I just end up feeding off of their feelings, and I can't sort mine out!

    I have five children, boys, the lot of them! Sometimes I feel guilty because I have to retreat even from their presence. Especially when they're fighting! It's too much negativity, but once I've left and had a moment to collect myself, I'm more than ready (well, I wouldn't say "ready, per se") to jump back in and offer each what they need on a personal level. Sometimes it's something as simple as my nine year old just wants to sit down with me and read, and my seven year old wants to jump around the room and make forts. The fight stems from the gross differences in their personalities, not anything else, and once I can suss that out, everything flows smoothly.

    I am a therapist - neurological psychiatry is my emphasis, but right now I am simply working in the clinical psychology field, and believe it or not, with all of my knowledge on this subject (the mind, emotions, etc.)I was still blown away by the accuracy of the questions, and by how many times I laughed and simply thought, "WOW! That's hitting the nail on the head!" I shook my head more times than you could probably imagine, but what I can say is that out of all of those questions, and besides reading this information and finally seeing me in a clearer light, I am happy to see that I have sisters here with me who know what it means to really take the world in...full-scale-style! :)

    )o( Blessed Be!

    anne.night@hotmail.com

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  5. I answered yes to all, I have always been called stuck up, not because I am just because I feel people out, that is just how I am. Peoples moods and they way they act to everything affects me on a large scale. I tend to stay away from those who are angry all of the time, I don't like that energy. When I have to be near anyone who possesses negative, or anxious energy, I do almost like a mother or a grandmother would do, I tell them to calm down. I talk to them in a calm voice to try to ease them because I makes me me nerves on edge when I have to feel their feelings. I have always known I was like this, even as a child, and I learned early on how to get it under control, I am still an emotional person, I cry easily not because I am sad mostly because of joy! I love to feel the happy feelings of others and of course my own happiness! I am sure that will not ever change! Thank you for this I found this very enjoyable! )0( Blessed Be

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  6. This is great , I am sending this to people who think I am bitchy about loud music, and light. Adrienne

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