>http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=beilovjoyandv-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0553062182&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrAfter much deliberation (with myself) and phenomenologist perspective, I’ve come to the conclusion I am a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). I scored a 100% on the test and after reading several books I have decided to make it official by posting a blog about it. Here is the test if you want to find out for yourself:

Apparently up to 15 to 20% of the population could be considered HSP. Having light hair and eyes also contributes as the eyes are the only exposed part of the nervous system. What does being an HSP mean? For as long as I can remember I have been extremely sensitive. Usually HSPs are described as being shy or introverted, turns out 30% of us are extraverting, which is very confusing. I am energized by people and then quickly overwhelmed. I crave stimulation and then with too much become exhausted. It used to frighten and frustrate me, now that I know I’m not alone in this experience I can use it for my advantage. I pick up on subtlies a lot of people don’t. I am extremely reflective and sensitive to others. No I know my sensitivity isn’t a personality flaw. According to Aron, “Many HSPs are often unusually creative and productive workers, attentive and thoughtful partners, and intellectually gifted individuals.”

I’m now proud to announce I’m an HSP!

Today I’m grateful for when Dad makes eggs,  waking up to a cuddly kitty, and iTunes movies.

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