People differ in their behavior to the extremes. Some are careful and guarded, some are like an open book. Some can hide their feelings by faking a smile, others may burst out at the drop of a hat. So how do you identify the sensitive ones? High sensitivity can be defined as acute physical, mental, and emotional responses to external (social, environmental) or internal (intra-personal) stimuli. A highly sensitive person may be reserved or an extrovert, or somewhere in between. Being highly sensitive comes with a host of positive qualities such as a superior ability to listen and affirm, greater empathy and insightfulness and a better understanding of others’ wants and needs. But it can sometimes give rise to negative feelings and take a toll on the person himself.
Let us have a look at the traits of a highly sensitive person.
Highly sensitive people are prone to being extra mindful of their actions and being extra hard on themselves when things go haywire. They have difficulty in forgiving themselves and letting go.
Victims of tension and anxiety.
Such people also experience anxiety when they fall short of expectations. They feel extra stressed and such stress can often manifest itself in the form of a headache or heavy breathing.
The pressure of comparison.
These people always compare themselves in every aspect with others such as physical, relational, social, work, financial, or other scenarios and often experience unhappy feelings from a negative social comparison.
Concerned with others’ view on them.
Highly sensitive people are a troubled lot when it comes to image issues because they often worry about what others think of them. They might have difficulty in accepting negative feedback even when given in a constructive manner.
Their soft heart makes them vulnerable to emotional hurt. They tend to take things personally and feel pained when someone wrongs them. Such people also tend to hold on these feelings of hurt longer than others and find it difficult to let go.
Highly sensitive people often feel that they are too much- too emotional, too clingy, too strong or too vulnerable. They are afraid people won’t associate with them if they were to see this side of them and thus keep their feelings hidden. This leads to negativity and feelings of loneliness.
Finds it hard to trust people.
Highly sensitive people are difficult to befriend, and harder to keep up with. The feel that the world is judgmental and harsh. They also find it hard to mix with a group of people and might feel awkward at social gatherings. They are also averse to a noisy environment as they find it chaotic. Any violence is an absolute no in the presence of such people.
They become overwhelmed easily.
Highly sensitive people are amazing thinkers but feel the need to function at their own pace. When faced with deadlines and long lists of tasks to do, they panic and crack under pressure. As the stress level shoots up, their productivity goes down.
Highly sensitive people are great emotional beings who need a little extra care in certain situations. One should be mindful in the way they make them feel and develop an environment of easiness and comfort around them.