Why We Need Highly Sensitive People Now

Why do we need the highly sensitive person now?

Are we seeing a renewed interest and dare I say respect for the sensitives of the world?

Conditions Are Everything

Conditions are everything. We are culturally bound which means that it is easy to lose sight of how other conditions may be changing.

Right now we are seeing a perfect example of a disconnect between human cultural systems and world conditions. Human cultural systems are digging in their heels in order to maintain the status quo, while the reality of deteriorating global conditions continues its significant harm to the environment, humans and other living creatures on the planet.

So perhaps  the concept of “mind over matter” – or left-brained linear thinking – has its limits although we do not seem willing to concede the point.

So many cultures have come and gone because they disrespected the underlying conditions that supported them. Jared Diamond has written about this topic in his book, Collapse. Too often cultures become inflexible putting themselves at risk. HSP’s can help with that.

Highly Sensitive People Notice Conditions

Highly sensitive people are masters of nuance. They sense everything and notice when something is not working. Their nervous systems pick up all sensory information around them. HSP’s nervous systems are somewhat like a lightening rod or an advance warning system. The highly sensitive person can tell when something is wrong when others do not see it.

Highly sensitive people pick up all sorts of signals from their environment:

  • sound
  • visual
  • tactile
  • psychic
  • energetic

if there is a signal or sensory information of some sort, HSP’s receive it.

What The Highly Sensitive Person Does With What They Notice

Highly sensitive people can become overwhelmed by the information they take in from our overstimulated and highly complex culture. And for many, it is a huge burden. However, it can also be a blessing because it provides HSP’s with some important skills:

  1. highly sensitive people process information deeply so their view is often complex and inclusive.
  2. sensitive people notice shifts and so they notice factors like the strength and resilience of an issue, the relationship between forces, the interdependencies and where they are working and where they are dysfunctional.
  3. a highly sensitive person will process information contextually and will therefore likely have a holistic and integral approach to understanding the issues in any situation.
  4. because highly sensitive people take in so much information, they tap into many factors and considerations that others may overlook in sizing up situations and problems.

Why Highly Sensitive People Are So Valuable

Because of their holistic, complex and complete information processing skills, highly sensitive people are able to notice the changes in underlying conditions in a situation. They do not get locked into a system as the status quo. In fact, they will likely see any human system as having a lifecycle as everything else does.

HSPs can discern both short term and long term challenges and fashion an approach to problem-solving that integrates both.

Sensitive people can be especially valuable in dealing with complex structures and systems because they have the ability to determine where the weaknesses are, and what the causes are including where changes in underlying conditions are creating problems.

Highly sensitive people are extremely valuable people at any time. Right now as we are having serious challenges to current human structures they are even more valuable because they can help us problem solve from a smarter place.

Changing times call for smart choices. Sensitive people have the potential to help us do that.


About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World. In addition, she has created the immersive Emerging Sensitive Program using cultural and personal development frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers The Magic Of Joy program for quantum healing and the Emerging Sensitive Community focused on living in the world as a sensitive person and navigating the challenging cultural shifts of our times. She is a longtime meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is a Certified Theta Healer and certified in Spiral Dynamics. She is an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.


  1. Billie Zahir on July 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I may be alone but I don’t feel ‘pain’ per se when I sense things others seem oblivious. Rather, I feel frustrated and question my sanity because very few people see the issues I do and feel the same drive to correct the problems. I get told I’m too emotional a lot and hate it because I believe I’m highly analytical. (Sigh) I’m working on not allowing others opinions to frustrate me so I don’t stifle myself. Great post! 🙂 Thank you.

    • Maria on July 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Billie,

      I am glad that you do not feel pain, perhaps you are not taking in the energy of others so much and that is great! I appreciate the frustration you feel because the invalidation can be very discouraging. I experience it all the time. People look at me like I am from another planet. You are right that people’s opinions are just that – opinions. As long as you do not have to depend on people whose views are antithetical to yours too much it can be let go. It is when you need cooperation that it can be especially problematic.

      I’m glad that you are not stifling yourself!

  2. Sherry on March 20, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Nice article. I agree that highly sensitive people are very valuable and much needed in this world. We just have to figure out where to plug in. This might sound pessimistic but I just can’t imagine hsp’s would do well in the political realm. I know I wouldn’t. Sadly though we could really use the help of hsp’s in politics. Don’t see it happening though. Maybe in behind the scenes advisory roles. Yeah, that could work, if people would actually listen. This world sure is in one heck of a mess right now! Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your insights and those of everyone else on here. 🙂

    • Maria Hill on March 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Hi Sherry,

      I think the current political structure will be changing. Here is a link that may help: New Economy Coalition


  3. Lilyflowers on April 2, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    I actually believe HSP’s could work in politics (In both advisory and publuc roles). Maria I’m curious whether you (or others here) have a sense of how many might be working in this field, or how many you know of that are. HSP’s who are also have the ‘Sensation-Seeking’ trait might be more compelled to join in public life.

    • Maria Hill on April 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks for your question. I do not have any sense at all of how many HSPs are in politics. In all of my surveys, I do not believe that anyone has identified themselves as being in politics. However, those sensitive people in politics may be so busy that they do not have the time for surveys! Great question – thanks.