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Highly Sensitive Person

Apparently I’ve been spending WAY too much time with my keyboard and mouse and now I have some sort of injury going on in my hand.  (Grumble grumble)   So….taking a break from blogging today….BUT……As an addendum to Wednesday’s Blog on being an Introvert, and inspired by Beverly’s observation that I might also fall into the category of a “Highly Sensitive Person” I have enclosed a link to the official “Highly Sensitive Person Site”  It seems Beverly might be right.

A few things to indicate you might be a “Highly Sensitive Person”:

  I am easily overwhelmed by strong sensory input.
  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 withdraw 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 things like 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.
  My nervous system sometimes feels so frazzled that I just have to go off by myself.
  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 the seating).
  I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once.
  I try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things.
  I make 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 my life shake me up.
  I notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, works of art.
  I find it unpleasant to have a lot going on at once.
  I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations.
  I am bothered by intense stimuli, like loud noises or chaotic scenes.
  When I must compete or be observed while performing a task, I become so nervous or shaky that I do much worse than I would otherwise.
  When I was a child, my parents or teachers seemed to see me as sensitive or shy.

If you find you might be a Highly Sensitive Person, the following website is a terrific resource:

Have a great holiday weekend.

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries


I am a trained, professional Spiritual Director, Author and Hands-on Healer. I offer services, programs and classes that empower you to hear the voice of the Divine that speaks from within you. It is the voice of the Divine that leads us to our highest truth, to the discovery and cultivation of our gifts and to a life of Authentic Freedom where we know contentment, compassion and joy. Your truth will set you free!