2. Understanding the Trait

 Resources・Understanding the Trait・Julie Bjelland, LMFT

About 20% of the population has the innate trait of high sensitivity, also known as 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 up to 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 strong odors.

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.

I've developed what I call a compassionate and supportive "brain training" program through my books and online course which provide specific tools for HSP's to learn to navigate an overstimulating world.

Explaining the Trait


Further Resources

  1. Explaining the trait of the highly sensitive person to someone else.
  2. Podcasts and Videos where Julie is interviewed about the trait. 
  3. Videos describing the trait of the highly sensitive person.
  4. Sensitive, The Untold Story is a documentary about this trait that you can rent or purchase online. It is great to share with family and friends so they can learn more about the trait. 
  5. Highly Sensitive Client is a valuable resource to share with your therapist or other mental health professionals for working with HSPs, compiled by my gifted HSP associate, April Snow. 

Self Tests for HSPs

Julie Bjelland