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6 Reasons Why We Need Highly Sensitive People

Why do we need highly sensitive people?

HSPs make up approximately 20% of the population. They are people whose nervous systems are highly sensitive to external stimuli. Books like Elaine Aron’s The Highly Sensitive Person explain this unique trait. Many sensitive people are introverted, a characteristic which is receiving more attention due to  Susan Cain’s book Quiet, which explores the nature and gifts of the quieter members of our world.

Modern culture is predominantly an extrovert culture. Extroverts are outgoing. An extrovert culture promotes the seeking of rewards, prestige, and power. Although extroverted characteristics are most often associated with non-sensitive people, interestingly, as many as 30% of HSPs are extroverts, balancing their interest in the world with a higher need for rest and rejuvenation.

Highly sensitive people can be introspective which affords them with an insightful perspective that can be practical and useful.

These are some of the gifts they can bring us:

  1. highly sensitive people often see what others do not. Our extroverted world is very fast;  however, speed often means mistakes are easier to make. Sensitive people notice when the energy around them feels wrong and that includes when mistakes are being made.  They have the potential to protect us from the mistakes of moving too fast.
  2. sensitive people are often deep thinkers. They may notice important overlooked factors in a particular situation. They can observe what is working and what is not, the connects and disconnects that can lead to eventual problems. They are able to notice pitfalls and potential land mines in our plans and strategies saving us needless headaches.
  3. highly sensitive people are holistic thinkers. This means that they offer an antidote to our fragmented society. Fragmentation increases the disconnection between different parts of a group, company, or an entire society. Holistic HSPs see and act as bridges between different parts of social or economic ecology to ease and improve problem-solving.
  4. HSPs have a capacity to handle complexity because of their energetic sensitivity, deep processing and introspection that makes them ideally suited to helping an overloaded world to manage its complexity better – as long as their need for rest is respected.
  5. HSPs are sensitive to all the various forces at any given point in time. They often work from a longer time frame which enables them to see current, emerging and dying forces at the same time. This ability to notice makes it possible for HSPs to set priorities from a big picture and a longer-term perspective.
  6. HSP are transpersonally oriented. Their empathy and sensitivity can reduce polarization between different groups or parts of organizations by locating common interest and common ground.

HSP’s are very sensitive to potential consequences of actions and therefore provide an important balancing function in a fast-paced world and fragmented society making them valuable people in our homes, companies, and communities.

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 of "sensory processing yoga" using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers the Emerging Sensitive Movie Club focused on movies and discussions about 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 also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.

4 Comments

  1. Max on September 5, 2016 at 11:13 am

    This is a nice article. Thank you.



    • Maria Hill on September 5, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks,Max. I am glad you enjoyed it.

      All the best,
      Maria



    • Simon Copas on March 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Indeed it is…a nice article. Thanks Maria for laying things out so nicely and providing holistic information that doesn’t make one recoil.

      Best Simon



    • Maria Hill on March 30, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      I am glad you liked it, Simon. We definitely want you to feel enriched being here.

      Maria



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