A highly sensitive person is programmed to be that way. In fact, the journal Brain and Behavior conducted a study that had some surprising results. What they discovered is that the regions of the brain associated with empathy and awareness when viewing emotional pictures of others became far more active than that of the average person, meaning highly sensitive people are designed to have certain feelings and behaviors that are not as common among, well, everyone else.If you love a highly sensitive person, then understanding how highly sensitive people tick will better help you communicate with them and strenthgen your relationship. Here are 10 things you need to know about the highly sensitive person in your life.
1. Not all highly sensitive people are introverts
A highly sensitive person can be just as outgoing as the next person. Introversion is not a requirement to be sensitive. Think about it. If all highly sensitive people were introverts who stayed at home avoiding people, who would benefit from their compassion and kindness?
2. They cry
When a commercial airs for the Humane Society that shows abused and neglected animals, expect a highly sensitive person to cry if they don’t run out of the room fast enough. These people have so much empathy for the suffering of others that just reading a news headline can send them into tears. These people feel more deeply than most others and crying is a normal, healthy reaction to these feelings.
3. Highly sensitive people are great listeners
Because these special people can actually feel what other people are feeling and who can sincerely empathize with others, they are great listeners. They have a need to comfort the hurting and help ease other’s suffering and pain. Because of this, highly sensitive people make excellent therapists, counselors, healers, and teachers.
4. They hate repetitive, loud noises
You’d be hard pressed to find a highly sensitive person at a death metal concert. They are just too sensitive to chaos and overstimulating environments. For a highly sensitive person, a quiet dinner with friends, a trip to the zoo, or a long hike through an evergreen forest is more their style than, say, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
5. Highly sensitive people don’t like to make decisions
When it comes to decision making, these people get nervous. Why? Because they don’t want to make the wrong decision. They understand that the choices they make have consequences and they always want a “happy ending”.
6. They are also highly intuitive
Highly sensitive people can pick up on slightest underlying tones and are extremely sensitive to the moods of others. If their significant other is in a bad mood, it will directly affect the sensitive person, easily turning their mood sour as well.
7. Highly sensitive people can’t handle slasher movies
While everyone loves a good, scary ghost story, when it comes to violence, blood, and gore, highly sensitive people will cover their eyes, if you can even get them to watch the movie in the first place.
8. People think highly sensitive people take things to personally
And maybe they do, but they have so many feelings running rampant inside that they need to get them out somehow. Keep that in mind the next time you want to use a highly sensitive person as the butt of a joke.
9. Highly sensitive people have a low tolerance for pain
While these people can ride out a cold like everyone else, when it comes to pain, they feel it to a higher degree than most others. Most to them probably don’t get tattoos.
10. They have a hard time with criticism
Because the highly sensitive person avoids criticism and the feelings it produces – most notably shame – they tend to be “people pleasers”.
The world needs highly sensitive people. They are the ones who help others in need. From feeding the hungry to rescuing animals to being a shoulder to cry on for a friend, the world is a better place because of them. If you love a highly sensitive person, then you have truly found a deep relationship, because that is what highly sensitive people crave – deep, intimate relationships and great conversation.
By: Jennifer Brown