2. Understanding Sensitivity

Resources・Understanding the Trait・Julie Bjelland, LMFT

About 20% of the population has the innate trait of high sensitivity, known as the highly sensitive person (HSP), and scientifically called Sensory Processing Sensitivity. The brains of HSPs process more information more deeply, which can make us more overwhelmed and sensitive to our surroundings. HSPs often suffer from anxiety and higher stress levels in a world that feels overwhelming, which is likely why at least 50% of clients in therapy are HSPs.

As a highly sensitive person, you may be able to feel what other people feel, which can help you to be more empathic and compassionate – these are some of the gifts of this trait. On the other hand, you can also be more easily overwhelmed and have higher stress levels. You may experience sensory overload with such factors as loud noise, bright lighting, and being around a lot of external stimulus.

As an HSP myself, I am passionate about my work as a psychotherapist who specializes in the trait of high sensitivity and consider it a calling to help you thrive and live at your highest potential.

explore all the HSP resources Below that will help you understand this trait & how to live well

Sensitivity Quiz. How Sensitive are you?


Explore all the blog posts about this trait


Listen to Podcasts For Highly Sensitive People


Watch Videos about High Sensitivity


Books for highly sensitive people


Online 8-week HSP Brain-Training Course


more HSP resources


Participate in HSP Surveys to Advance Research 

  1. What is your Sensitivity Score? How sensitive are you?

  2. How do you Relieve Anxiety or high stress as an HSP?

  3. What does Sensory Overload feel like as an HSP?

  4. What Career Choices work better for HSPs?

  5. What Self-Care helps you as an HSP?

  6. What Challenges have you faced as an HSP?

  7. What are your favorite Alone Time activities?

  8. Do you have any Travel Tips to share with other HSPs?

  9. What helps you Sleep?

  10. What are some Daily Routines that help you stay balanced?

  11. Are you the parent of a Highly Sensitive Infant?

  12. Do you suffer from any Allergies or Chronic Conditions?

Julie Bjelland