Being Highly Sensitive is your Superpower
Guest post by: Rhea Raje
I am assuming if you're reading this that you're an highly sensitive person (HSP). Even if you're not, you may have friends who are. So, I think you will relate to the story I'm about to share. Everyone has different times in their life when they realize that they're an HSP. For me, it was in second grade. My mom had bought me a new set of art pens, which I was extremely happy to have. I took precious care of them. I was in school one day when boom! ---the lid of one of the pens flew off and fell on the ground. I got to my hands and knees and tried to look for it, but no good. It had vanished. As a child, but more due to the fact that I was an HSP, I burst into tears. I cried for an hour over a lost pen lid, whereas any other six-year-old in my place would have forgotten about it. My classmates laughed at me. My teachers called me silly for crying over such an insignificant thing. I felt miserable, but going ahead I realized that being the way I am doesn't mean there's anything wrong with me. As HSPs, we tend to get emotionally attached with everything, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem to others, and cherish it.
Getting emotionally attached is only one of the many tell-tale signs of an HSP. HSPs have other qualities such as being empathetic, caring for others, and being kind even when others don't deserve it ;) You may ask, what exactly constitutes being an HSP? Are they any different from the rest of us? Well, not really. We experience the same emotions as the rest of you, but only on a much-heightened scale. We are exposed to the same environment as you, yet we are hugely more perceptive. We have the same 5 senses, but we're so deeply connected to them, that they become our superpower.
Busting a few myths:
Are all HSPs introverts?
Although they tend to be introverts, HSPs can be extroverts as well.
Are all HSPs serious and solemn all the time?
Absolutely not. We can be goofy and weird too ;)
Are all HSPs cry-babies?
I get this a lot, and it's a ridiculous question. The answer is NO.
Just a few tips on how to survive and thrive, from one HSP to another.
I hope this helps :) I'd like to end with a beautiful quote I saw:
"Please don't ever get tired of being an HSP with a good heart. It hurts being taken advantage of and feeling like it's better to be cold-hearted, but people like you matter and are so important for this world❤️"
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