Common HSP Positives & Challenges
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In my work with HSPs all over the world I have come to see that we have a similar set of positives and challenges with having the trait of high sensitivity. When we can learn how to reduce our challenges we get even more access to the positives! How many of these positives and challenges do you relate to?
Common HSP Positives
Kind, Empathetic, Compassionate
Have a Super-computer brain
Work rated higher by supervisors
Can read microexpressions & body language up to 80% of the population miss
Make people feel comfortable and safe
See many angles and are a good problem solver
Prepare well and generate good ideas
Notice subtleties and can therefore read people well
Are more in tune with others
Feel positive emotions more than others
Feel more love and passion
Are more creative
See, feel, and experience more when you hear music or see art
Can see images in nature, such as a sunset, and be more moved by beauty
Are a more creative parent/know child's needs
Attentive partner, knowing their needs often before they do
You have strong insight and are deeply aware and in-tune with others.
You are very conscientiousness, know what others need, and go out of your way to be courteous.
Common HSP Challenges:
Rate higher stress levels at work
Often find home life more chaotic
Crowds/Busy activities more draining
Bright lights/loud sounds/textures tags/seams/smells may impact you more
More reactive to emotions
More affected by the news, violence, injustice, and other difficult events
Like to get things done right the first time & Criticism harder
Often tend to be a people pleaser, overgive, and be at the bottom of your priority list
Hard to say no & create boundaries
High expectations of self and less self compassionate
Feel guilty putting self first
Resentment can be higher in relationships both personally and professionally because of overgiving and depletion
Hard to be vulnerable, impacting connections
Change is hard/need extra time to prep
Reactive immune system/sensitivity to meds/chemicals food/air
You may get headaches and/or digestive issues frequently
Your increased empathy and compassion often leads to self-sacrifice
If you related to many of these you may find it interesting to take this sensitivity quiz. Much of my work is focused on training the sensitive brain to reduce the challenges and access more of the gifts of this trait so we can be more resilient, calm and positive. What’s fascinating about the brain is that we can activate certain calming, positive centers intentionally that deactivate the stress centers! We can live fully as HSPs when we learn how to reduce the challenges because you have so many positives and gifts that truly allow you to bloom brilliantly in the world. If you want more access to those positives and to reduce your challenges check out all the wonderful resources created especially for the highly sensitive person. www.empoweredhsp.com. If you want to have all the tools in one place, join my highly recommended online course, 7 Steps to Embody the Gifts of Your Sensitivity, Understand Your Emotional Brain, Navigate Overwhelm, & Flourish as an HSP. You can even download replays of the video or audio teachings as well as all the transcripts!
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About Julie Bjelland, LMFT
Julie is a psychotherapist, author, and leader in the field of high sensitivity, and has helped thousands of highly sensitive people (HSP) around the world. As an HSP herself, Julie understands what it's like to live with high sensitivity and strong emotions, and is on a mission to empower HSPs to live their best lives.
Julie has developed proprietary tools and techniques to help reduce the challenges and increase the positives that HSPs experience on a daily basis. These techniques have been developed over years of working with highly sensitive people and have proven extremely successful for her clients and students.
In her free time, Julie loves being in nature, around animals, gardening, learning, and daydreaming about having a little farm one day. She shares her home with her partner, two children, and a houseful of pets and plants. www.juliebjelland.com