What Are You Most Sensitive To?



Being a highly sensitive person can get extremely difficult in this ever-increasingly chaotic world. They don’t suffer from any disorder or disease, it is just that they are wired differently and process information around them a bit more deeply than others.

Here are a few traits of highly sensitive people.

1. You absorb other people’s emotions very frequently.

HSPs are different than empaths but they are almost the same when it comes to absorbing other people’s emotions. They could easily get to know your mood while you are talking to them. The reason for it is because they notice subtleties in facial expressions, body language, and voice modulations. They often don’t realize and treat them as their own feelings, due to which they get exhausted pretty frequently.

2. You need time to be alone.

Since HSPs absorb emotions very easily they often need time to wind down and get back to their original self. During this time they generally play their life events in their mind several times and question themselves. They are highly reflective in nature and often try to find answers for questions that the general population might not even think about.

3.Time pressure really irritates you.

Time limits are one of the most hated things by the HSPs. They don’t like it because they get overwhelmed very easily as they feel that they are running out of time and are not able to focus on the task at hand. This is the reason why they underperform and consider themselves worse than others. It is one of those things that they could improve while it is also true that they might not become the masters of time management because of the simple reason that they are not wired to do so.

HSPs could be wonderful people if you are able to navigate through their apparent shortcomings. They also have very low self-esteem as they are constantly being tagged as someone who is weak. They need to realize that there may have hundreds of weaknesses but they have their own set of strengths just like any other person. Yeah, I do agree that society will have a hard time understanding them since they have a rare set of problems. But still, they could accept the fact and work on their strengths. The question is when will they find it?

“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.”
― Anthon St. Maarten

“We are called at certain moments to comfort people who are enduring some trauma. Many of us don’t know how to react in such situations, but others do. In the first place, they just show up. They provide a ministry of presence. Next, they don’t compare. The sensitive person understands that each person’s ordeal is unique and should not be compared to anyone else’s. Next, they do the practical things–making lunch, dusting the room, washing the towels. Finally, they don’t try to minimize what is going on. They don’t attempt to reassure with false, saccharine sentiments. They don’t say that the pain is all for the best. They don’t search for silver linings. They do what wise souls do in the presence of tragedy and trauma. They practice a passive activism. They don’t bustle about trying to solve something that cannot be solved. The sensitive person grants the sufferer the dignity of her own process. She lets the sufferer define the meaning of what is going on. She just sits simply through the nights of pain and darkness, being practical, human, simple, and direct.”
― David Brooks, The Road to Character

“Start the Quiz”

  • Question of

    How sensitive are you to pain?

    • Very sensitive
    • Somewhat sensitive
    • Not sensitive at all
  • Question of

    When being observed at work, I do a worse job than I normally do. Yes or no?

    • Yes
    • No
    • It depends on the day
  • Question of

    Do you have a rich and complex inner life?

    • Absolutely
    • Not really
    • I’m not sure
  • Question of

    How often are you affected by the moods of others?

    • I tend to be highly sensitive to how others are feeling
    • I’m not usually affected by how others feel
    • It depends on the day
  • Question of

    Are you conscientious ?

    • I think i’m very conscientious
    • I’m somewhat conscientious
    • I need to work on that
  • Question of

    True or false: I notice nice things such as a good scent, a beautiful flower, a fine work of art.

    • True
    • False
    • I’m not sure
  • Question of

    How often do you tend to feel uncomfortable in social situations?

    • Very often
    • Only every now and then
    • More often than I should
    • Never
  • Question of

    Do you find it unpleasant to have a lot going on all at once?

    • I find it horrible
    • I get overwhelemd
    • I don’t mind having a lot going on
    • I love the challenge
    • Other
  • Question of

    Does hunger ever affect your mood negatively?

    • That’s spot on
    • It depends on how hungry I am
    • I’ve been known to lash out while hungry
    • Hunger doesn’t affect me at all
    • Other
  • Question of

    When you were a child, were you ever referred to as being “sensitive” or “shy?”

    • By my parents
    • By my teachers
    • Only by my friends
    • Not really
    • Once or twice
  • Question of

    Have you ever gotten attached to an inanimate object?

    • Yes, I have (practically) cried when something I liked broke/was stolen
    • Yes, it would upset me if something sentimental were broken/stolen.
    • Yes, it would bother me if the few items I am dear to were broken/stolen.
    • No, but I could imagine becoming attached to something special.
    • No, I could never care for an item.
  • Question of

    Do you startle (frightened by sudden motions) easily?

    • Yes, I absolutely hate it when something jerks suddenly.
    • Yes, I’ll startle if something jumps out at me.
    • No, I only startle if I am already on edge.
    • No, I have only startled on the rarest of occaisions.
    • No, I never startle.
  • Question of

    Do you anger easily?

    • Yes, I am very quick to anger.
    • Yes, I anger easily when I am aggravated.
    • Yes, but only when I am already somewhat upset.
    • No, I try to stay calm under most circumstances.
    • No, I usually remain unaffected.
  • Question of

    Do you consider yourself sensitive?

    • Yes, I am more sensitive than anyone I know.
    • Yes, I can be very sensitive to certain things.
    • Yes, but I tend to control it well.
    • No, I try to not let things bother me when I can.
    • No, I am completely unsensitive.
  • Question of

    Do you like your pet/want a pet?

    • Yes, I simply love it to death/I must have one.
    • Yes, it’s a good companion/I would like one.
    • Yes, it’s fun most of the time/I wouldn’t mind one.
    • No, it annoys me most of the time/I would prefer not to have one.
    • No, I hate my pet/I dislike pets.

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