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Highly Sensitive People - The 5 Types Of Highly Sensitive Person. Which Are You?
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Highly Sensitive People
Highly sensitive people are a very intriguing group of people indeed, not only for their extreme sensitivity to almost 'everything' but also for their unique abilities such as heightened intuition, powerful senses and an almost psychic level of empathy with people they interact with.There is no doubt in my mind, highly sensitive people 'do' have a purpose here on this seemingly insensitive planet.
Highly Sensitive People and the Pareto Principle (80/20 Rule)
The numbers that Elaine Aron came up with reminded me of the Pareto principle which states that '80% of the results flow from just 20% of the causes.' According to Dr. Elaine Aron, highly sensitive people make up around 20% of the population of humanity, which definitely gives us something to chew on regarding why only 20% of the population are highly sensitive. The Pareto principle can be applied to many things in life, not only business and profit. Perhaps it can be applied to highly sensitive people? Let's give it a shot:
The Pareto Principle and Highly Sensitive People
80% of all healings that occur are done by the 20% population of Highly sensitive people
80% of all Counselors are made up of the 20% population of Highly sensitive people
80% of all Doctors are made up of the 20% population of highly sensitive people
80% of all people in therapy with counselors are made up of the 20% population of highly sensitive people!
Okay ... okay! I was just speculating as I often like to do but the figures do offer food for thought don't they? Here's what I really think:
I think the reason why highly sensitive people make up only 20% of the population is because if it were much more than that, then our (I'm a HSP too) particular abilities would be redundant and not so 'special.' When you also consider it takes only one highly sensitive person to calm down a room full of not so sensitive people who are arguing or freaking out, or warn a group of impending danger (extra-sensory ability of HSP) the numbers make sense, don't they?
Highly Sensitive People Are Specialists
Just as in any career, e.g. military, law, education, marketing etc, there will always be 'specialists.' Those people who are highly educated in a specific area and whose skills are highly sought after. Funnily enough, they usually make up a much smaller percentage of the workforce than the average worker yet are paramount to the success of the company they represent. This goes for highly sensitive people too! We may only make up 20% of the population BUT our specific set of skills are extremely important to the success of the human race. I won't go into great detail in this article, I just wanted to give you inspiration and hope. Highly sensitive people are specialists! Sounds great... but there are drawbacks to being sensitive.
In Fact I Believe We Are All Specialists!
Above, I mentioned only Highly sensitive people and that may have seemed a little unfair on our less sensitive brethren, who are 'just' as important as the rest of us. The Myers Briggs test is sufficient evidence to show that humanity is filled with groups of 'specialists.' Each type has a specific role in society and the development of mankind and so is an integral part of the natural cycles mankind must inevitably go through. A slight problem though these days, is that highly sensitive people seem to be the least useful members of these specialist groups. You only need go to a HSP forum, online to see the suffering highly sensitive people go through because of the rejection they receive daily. I don't want to get all negative here though so I'm going to say that right now it is the time for 'extroverts' to dominate society and rightly so because that's the kind of world we have built up. However, I predict that the future will bring a time when highly sensitive people are at least 'accepted' and 'welcomed' as an important part of society rather than ignored. The understanding has finally arrived, highly sensitive people are beginning to come to grips with what they are and what is possible for them. The future is bright!
The 5 Types of Highly Sensitive Person
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Highly Sensitive People and the 5 Types
I have created a test to help you to find out which of the types of Highly sensitive person you are. I know what you are thinking: there must be far more than just 5 types! Possibly, yes, but I have narrowed it down to 5 just to make things a little more succinct.
The 5 Types of Highly Sensitive Person
Using the diagram of the 5 types above as a reference, take a look at this list and try to figure out which of the types you could be. I have based my calculations on trauma and abuse suffered from childhood to teens as I believe highly sensitive people who grow up in supportive environments where they are nurtured and cared for flourish.
On the other hand, highly sensitive people who suffer from a young age to adulthood develop all kinds of problems, from social phobia to a fear of going outside. Look at the diagram and the list below and then take the test to see which you are.
Type A - A normal highly sensitive person --> Sensitivity Level : 1 (lowest)
Type B - A HSP who experienced mild to medium trauma in childhood but was supported throughout by a parent or loved one --> Sensitivity Level : 1- 2
Type C - A HSP who experienced mild to medium trauma in childhood and received little or no support --> Sensitivity Level : 2 - 3
Type D - A HSP who was bullied and abused as a child but received support and protection from parents or loved ones --> Sensitivity Level : 2 - 4
Type E - A HSP who was bullied and abused as a child but received little or no support from parents or loved ones --> Sensitivity Level : 4 - 5 (highest)
Just to be Clear
I'm writing this at 03:22 am on 21 Dec 2013 because I see that my classifications are causing a little confusion.
When I mention trauma I'm not necessarily referring to that suffered at the hands of abusive parents, mentally, physically or otherwise. I'm also taking into account the incidences that other children would shrug off and be unaffected by.
Things like being lined up and interrogated to ascertain who stole the cookies can have a much greater effect on a highly sensitive child than on a non-sensitive one.
Growing up in an environment where arguing is frequent, dominant personalities abound and verbal bullying occurs may not affect non-sensitives but it does highly sensitive children, make no mistake about that.
I just wanted to make that clear. Trauma for non-sensitives may be extreme things, but for us (HSPs) constant stress, being left out, loneliness and all those other smaller yet significant things constitute trauma - unless we are supported and understood.
Enjoy the quiz and I hope it teaches you more about yourself.
The 5 Types of Highly Sensitive Person - Find out Which You Are by Taking this Quiz
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Why the Quiz?
The reason I made this quiz is simply because I spent my life blaming myself for being weird and weak because I just couldn't cope as well as other people seemed to do. I wondered why I was always so sensitive and seemed to take everything personally. It was much later, when I was 32 that I realised I was a highly sensitive person and I finally had the answers.
Perhaps we aren't necessarily 'types' so much as people who suffered from a lack of knowledge about our trait and therefore suffered in silence, alone and confused. However, I came to the conclusion that if my life was that way 'because' I didn't understand my trait or even know of it then naturally there must be thousands more in a similar struggle.
I concluded that if highly sensitive people 'don't know' that they are highly sensitive while still very young, they will feel strange, alien and alone in an overwhelming world. This will in turn, lead to stress and self-blame followed up with the mistreatment a highly sensitive person might receive due to the lack of understanding about the HSP trait. We may appear to be 'difficult' or 'special' in a negative way to some parents or peers and that will only add to the suffering. Finally, there are also the normal problems of any domestic family life such as fighting, arguing, separations, divorces and child custody battles etc. All this makes for a pretty overwhelmingly negative existence for a highly sensitive person, because of our heightened sensitivity to everything.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the test. I hope I was able to shed some light on the HSP trait.
I will be writing a series about highly sensitive people filled with even more information and tips. Here are the other articles in the series so far: