Being a highly sensitive person (HSP) is like walking around with your heart on your sleeve. You feel the joys and sorrows of the world. However, it can also be exhausting: you may get overstimulated by everyday situations and feel worn out easily. As an HSP, you are far from alone—about 15 to 20 percent of us share this trait! Here are a few signs that you're an HSP:

You feel the emotions of others

You feel the emotions of others. You are empathic (or you have a high "EQ"), which means that you can sense how people are feeling, even if they don't say anything. You get emotional about things that most people don't even notice, and because of this, it's easy for you to get hurt by others' words or actions.

You will often hear highly sensitive people say things like: "I feel your pain." Or: "I'm so sorry to hear that happened." Or: "That must have been incredibly difficult for you." These statements might seem like small talk or niceties, but they're actually examples of something deeper—the ability to feel what other people are feeling—and it's something many highly sensitive people pride themselves on being able to do.

You're allergic to loud noises

If you are a highly sensitive person, loud noises, bright lights, strong smells and tactile sensations can be uncomfortable or even painful. You might also notice that your body reacts in unusual ways when you consume caffeine or sugar or medicate with alcohol.

One of the most important signs that you are a highly sensitive person is that your body is extremely intolerant of certain foods and medications. If you eat wheat products (which include breads, pastas and cookies) or drink alcohol on a regular basis without experiencing any negative side effects then this could be an indication that you are not as HSP as people think!

You want to help everyone

You want to help everyone. You want to make the world a better place. You see yourself as a natural helper, and your first instinct is always to do something for someone else. This may be an expression of your sensitivity or it could be another trait altogether--some highly sensitive people are actually introverts who would rather spend time alone than socialize with others, while other highly sensitive people can't stand being alone and need an outlet for their empathy by serving as teachers or counselors at a local school or hospital.

You are also concerned about animals and nature: perhaps you're vegan or vegetarian; maybe you volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation center; maybe your favorite hobby is hiking in the mountains on weekends; possibly even all three! As someone who is often overlooked by society (and those closest to them), this type of behavior demonstrates just how much value they place on appreciating life on Earth from every angle possible--from making sure it continues through contributions towards conservation efforts like raising awareness through social media platforms like Instagram!

You feel overwhelmed by the news

This is another area where you may find yourself feeling more than just a little overwhelmed. News stories tend to be negative, and as an HSP, it’s hard for you to ignore them or turn off the television. The world is full of violence, crime and injustice—and sadly enough, this news only seems to be getting worse. This can be especially true if your job involves working directly with people who have experienced trauma or abuse (this includes mental health professionals). You may be the type of person who has a hard time hearing about anyone else's problems because your own life experiences make you feel like a walking crisis hotline.

The fact that there are so many negative things happening in our world can take its toll on HSPs' well-being—you might find yourself feeling depressed or anxious after hearing about something terrible that happened somewhere else on Earth; even if it involves someone else entirely!

You are blessed with creativity and imagination.

If you are creative, you are more likely to be a highly sensitive person. This is because creative people are often introverted and empaths. They have an excess of empathy, which can make them feel overwhelmed at times.

Creative people are also known to be more sensitive than others since they tend to observe things from a different perspective than others. For example, if you were walking in the park and saw someone crying next to a bench, most people would walk past them without even noticing that person was crying. But if you’re a highly sensitive person it would probably make you very uncomfortable not knowing what was going on with that person so you might stop by and ask if they need help or possibly offer some tissues when they tell you why they were crying (e.g., “my dog got sick yesterday but now he seems fine again”), etc..

It's not a curse to be highly sensitive.

Here's the thing: it's not a curse to be highly sensitive. It is a blessing. You are able to feel deeply, and that makes you more empathetic and compassionate. You're able to connect with others in ways that other people can't. And if you've ever had the experience of being around someone who is deeply hurt or upset and comforting them through their pain, then you know how much joy it brings you.


You’re not alone! Millions of people around the world experience these same things. It may be helpful to learn about the traits that are common among highly sensitive people (HSPs) and how to manage them. You may find that being highly sensitive is a gift, not a curse.