Interesting approach to defining HSPs.
Reblogged from : http://www.academyofcreativeliving.com/
As a gifted, creative, highly sensitive person, you may know you are different than others. You may sense the obstacles this places between you and successful social or business relationships. Your mind works so fast you get bored with conversations, but others only know that you’re bored. Or you may see far reaching implications of a proposed change at work, and when you talk about it, people just think you’re off the wall. After a while, all you may be aware of is that others think you’re uninterested in them, and that you have stupid ideas-so you start to feel stupid, bad and also misunderstood. You may then find yourself feeling inferior and inadequate because what other people think affects you the way it does.
Or Are you facing adversity-financial stress, illness, loss, tragedy? Do you get stressed out easily? Do you feel done in by your sensitivities? Overwhelmed by the complexity of life? Feeling anxious or depressed by it all? You’re not alone. The #1 issue that brings gifted creative, highly sensitive people in for therapy is over-sensitivity, followed closely by anxiety and depression.
The gifted mind sees things inside out. The sometimes envied “normal” person sees a light pole and sees just that−a light pole. As a gifted , creative, highly sensitive person, you see a light pole and see the design of the pole and also the bulb, the inner structure of the pole, the supporting foundation in the ground, the electrical wiring, its connections to the local, national and international power grids, and maybe much more.
As a creative, highly sensitive, gifted person, you also see tough times from the inside out. You’re aware of much more than others are. You perceive more details, more implications, more possibilities; both good and bad. When your sensitivities trigger your intensities, the catecholamine cascade can become a deluge that pulls your feet out from under you. Your head may become foggy and your legs can become like rubber. You might doubt yourself and question your knowledge and skills. You may judge and shame yourself because the harder you try to think your way out of your trouble, the more mired in it you become, like being in quicksand.