An Introduction to High Sensitivity
Three Pathways for Highly Sensitive People & Gifted Individuals
If you suspect or know you are a highly sensitive person and/or a gifted individual, there are three pathways available to you here:
Highly Sensitive People
Being highly sensitive is something extraordinary. In fact, as you’re about to learn, high sensitivity is a genetic, evolutionary trait seen in over 100 species in the animal kingdom, including humans.
Until recently, high sensitivity was not well understood. That is changing now and we are beginning to understand what this genetic trait is, how valuable it is, and the unique challenges and gifts that come with being a highly sensitive person.
Highly sensitivity people are wired differently. We are wired to take notice and to process and experience life deeply. We notice subtle things that other people miss. We tend to have empathy for others and also react more strongly to life experiences.
Making up roughly 30% of the population, with the middle 40% being moderately sensitive, there are as many as 2 billion highly sensitive people in the world.
Connection & Friendships
Whether you are highly sensitive, moderately sensitive, or gifted, you’ve found a place to form real world connections with others like you.
Online forums are great and we have those here, but as Elaine Aaron has recommended in her work, the path of highly sensitive people is to:
- Learn about the trait
- Heal old pain
- Spend time with other HSPs
This website provides the means to meet other highly and moderately sensitive people as well as gifted individuals. If you want to meet other people that live in your area, go ahead and sign up, it’s free:
If you’ve already created an account, click here to start meeting people…
Research shows that 87% of gifted individuals are also highly sensitive.
Being “gifted” is generally defined as having an IQ of 130 or higher and is its own journey.
There is a lot of overlap between the traits of high sensitivity and the traits of gifted people. They are not exactly the same however.
Parenting a Gifted Child
This is a topic very dear to my heart since I grew up as a gifted child. Read more…