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”  http://www.hsperson.com/pages/test.htm.  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:  http://www.hperson.com

Have a great holiday weekend.

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries


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