Is it Common, or Normal to be an HSP?
It's not common, but it is normal. It's estimated that 15 to 20% of the people walking around today are highly sensitive*. According to Elaine Aron, PhD, who has researched this subject extensively, High Sensitivity is inborn, due to an intricately sensitive central nervous system.
This isn’t something that you choose; it’s how you are wired. Often you have been made wrong for being "too sensitive", which, over time, can stifle your creativity as well as have you doubt your worth as a person.
As an HSP, you process information deeply, which makes it easy to become:
- overstimulated or overwhelmed
- anxious or fearful
- stressed out
Are all HSP's the same?
In addition to being Highly Sensitive, there are likely are other types of sensitivities in this Quiz that help explain your reactions and challenges. Some HSPs will be more affected by their environments, their senses, their own thoughts and emotions vs. those of other people. All HSPs react more deeply and intensely to stimuli than 80% of the population.
*Within the large group of HSP's, are those who can also be termed as Empaths – Empaths make up approximately 5% of the overall population. These terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but that is misleading. All Empaths are HSPs, but not all HSPs are Empaths.
What this information can do for you
As an HSP, you can learn to balance and even benefit from this heightened sensitivity. We’ve put together more information and some tips for each HSP type. We’ve found that simply understanding what impacts you as an HSP can be tremendously helpful.
CLICK "GO TO SUBTYPES" at the bottom of the screen to learn more about the six sub-types of HSPs.
Find out how you scored for each sub-type.