10 Ways Highly Sensitive People Turn Sensitivities Into Advantages

It can take years to figure out if we are a highly sensitive person. The world doesn’t talk much about this type of person. There isn’t a lot of information out there on the topic. Even when discovering helpful information, we often have to be really suffering before profound and life-changing information can sink in deeply. There is no need for suffering though. We can learn how to turn our sensitivities into advantages and live the life that we have always wanted.

Equal Opportunity Emotions

Being highly sensitive doesn’t just mean that our feelings get hurt very easily, though the majority of the population would define or explain highly sensitive people that way. It does mean that sensitive people experience emotion on a very deep level, with more intensity than the average person. Not just negative emotions such as sadness or anger, but also amazing emotions like joy and happiness. We don’t just experience emotion as a state of mind either. We feel specific emotions in specific parts of their bodies. For instance, anger can feel like a tight knot in our solar plexus. Love can make our chest open up like a flower. Feeling scared can make our root chakra constrict and close up. How’s that for sensitive? It can definitely be overwhelming at times. Not only is emotion felt more intensely as a highly sensitive person, but the whole world is perceived and processed on a deeper level.

Going through the world as a highly sensitive person can be very challenging. Especially if we haven’t figured out that we are in fact a highly sensitive person. We might wonder why it seems that other people have an easier time than us. Or wonder why we seem to be more emotional than most. Perhaps we feel fatigued or overwhelmed by things that others are unaffected by. This world is not built for sensitive people. In fact, our world is designed perfectly for those who are detached. This is a problem for highly sensitive people.

Picking up on other people’s emotions easily can be a major challenge for us. It is especially confusing for a sensitive child who is unaware of clairsentience and its attributes. It can even remain confusing for adults who know they are clairsentient but have not learned how to hold awareness of their emotions versus others. Another challenge for us is how draining it can feel…all the time. Particularly after being around a lot of people or environments. We may be the type of person who needs to withdraw from everyone (including our children) on a regular basis, in order to recharge. Do you remember feeling tired or drained a lot as a teenager or young child? Parents of sensitive children are often unable to help because they do not understand the special needs of highly sensitive people. Do you ever wonder how your life would be different now if you were given helpful information about being highly sensitive when you were a child? There is no doubt that raising awareness of high sensitivity is beneficial for everyone. We can always remember we are meant to go through our challenges. We can trust in the path we have taken and feel empowered knowing we are learning how to cope. We are learning how to thrive. We can finally turn our sensitivities into empowering life changing advantages.

Highly Sensitive As An Advantage

Really, it all comes down to this: every highly sensitive person can use their sensitivities as an advantage in this world. Guess what? Being highly sensitive means having access to more information than most other people! Approximately 15%-20% of the population are HSPs. In other words, we have a leg up. We have an advantage over others in many areas of our lives. Why wouldn’t we use this and take advantage of the situation? We certainly have to deal with all the negative side effects from being sensitive, effects that can range from annoying quirks to all-consuming phobias. So I say it’s about time we start turning our sensitivities into assets. Using our traits and our emotions to create the exact life we were meant to live! Are you wondering what these advantages are?

10 Benefits Of Sensitivity

10 ways sensitive people use their sensitivities to their advantage:

  1. Being highly liked by most people because of our easy ability to be empathetic towards other’s emotional states, and being good listeners
  2. Knowing right away whether new people in our lives are a good fit for us
  3. Ability to easily sense when people are not being authentic, strong “phony” radar
  4. Lean towards healthy foods/products because we have problems tolerating toxic substances
  5. Understand relationships in our lives on a deeper level, ability to see the big picture easily
  6. Access to higher creativity from being profoundly moved by music, nature, and art
  7. Ability to inspire and influence others easily by our experiencing emotions (such as happiness, joy, peace, excitement, etc.) so intensely that it is felt by others
  8. Strong intuition for knowing the right decision to make in new situations or opportunities/circumstances
  9. Entering a room, building, or environment and knowing whether it is a positive place to be
  10. Ability to feel bodily sensations and functions easily and can take action quickly when something is wrong, know the body intimately.

These are just a few of the advantages we can come to enjoy being a highly sensitive person. They, along with many others, literally help us shape and create the life we want to live. It’s important to note that these sensitivities may not always be assets in the beginning. There is often a steep learning curve when discovering how to turn sensitivities into advantages. And that’s okay. We all at times allow our circumstances to control us and inhibit or impede our progress. But we don’t have to suffer for years before learning how to use these traits to create our best possible selves. We can fast track. We can listen to our sensitivities and create the life we were meant to live.

About Nicole Taffs

My name is Nicole Taffs and I am a highly sensitive person. I started TheSensitiveLife blog because I felt a deep need to share the knowledge that I have acquired and studied over the years. As my knowledge of sensitivity grew, so did my abilities and confidence. I began to see and experience all the positives that come from being highly sensitive. I want to share my struggles as well as my knowledge on how to turn our sensitivities into advantages. I am also certified in holistic nutrition, reflexology and reiki. TheSensitiveLife Twitter


  1. Monica on October 5, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    My daughter has inherited my high sensitivity. She’s thinking about which career to pursue at the moment and I know from experience that being highly sensitive impacts your career, I’m trying to keep that in mind while trying to guide her choices.

    • Maria Hill on October 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Hi Monica,
      You are right that she needs to be careful in her choices. Her talents obviously make a difference. Many if not most sensitive people stay away from high pressure, competitive fields. Even modern medicine is too pressure cooker for most. Alternative health, therapy fields and some of the emerging community oriented enterprises can be good choices. Companies like Shareable are an example. My book, The Emerging Sensitive, discusses these issues. I hope this helps, and good luck to both of you.

      All the best,

  2. Val on October 7, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    I came across HSP because about 5 months ago I searched sensitive people as a desperate attempt to see if there was anything out there. From my point of view, I was looking to see about people who felt compassion and empathy on a deeper level. This is one of the things I identify with. Well that is how I discovered HSP. I will say one thing I am deeply, deeply struggling with is my husband’s mother who is an energy vampire by definition of attention seeker, complainer, one-upper, usually disagree with the little i say around her and more. It’s an exhausting experience when she visits from abroad and my husband knows (and agrees she is difficult). Nonetheless it is incredibly hard because I’m terrible at being fake.
    It’s helpful to know there are other people like me.

    • Maria Hill on October 8, 2018 at 5:58 am

      Hi Val,

      I find competitive people draining also. She probably has lots of feelings of inadequacy which she is putting on you. The more you can limit your contact with her when she is visiting the better. If your husband can do more of the social caretaking or if you can activities for her hopefully that will make it easier.

      Good luck,