If you’re reading this, you probably already know the basics of what it means to be an introvert – you need silence and solitude to gain energy, feel drained and overwhelmed with loud noises and busy environments, and process information best by thinking first and speaking second.
What you might not know is that you may also be considered a highly sensitive person (HSP).
HSPs have a strong desire to help others, experience a rich inner world, are sensitive to light, sound, and smell, and are more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment.
Do you find yourself feeling the energy of others, even subtle changes in their mood, tone of voice, or body language?
Are you overly concerned with making sure others feel comfortable and taken care of?
Do you find it difficult to separate your own emotions from the emotions of others?
If so, you may be a HSP.
Much like introverts, HSPs are often misunderstood and sometimes ridiculed for their sensitive nature.
For example, you might have been told to toughen up, stop being so sensitive, quit overthinking things, or just let it go.
With so many misconceptions and flawed beliefs about introverts and HSPs, it’s vitally important to your well-being that you learn about your true nature and what it really means to be you.
Knowledge is powerful – use it; self-understanding is liberating – embrace it.