What’s so good about being highly sensitive?

What’s so good about being highly sensitive? I pose this question because based on the correspondence that I receive I find that too many people focus on the negative side of this inherited character trait.

I try to accentuate the positive aspects of life, although it’s difficult sometimes. I’d like to shed some positive light on being a highly sensitive person. Being highly sensitive isn’t a choice but a natural way of being. Why not make the best of what you got?

I’m going to make a list of the positive aspects of being a highly sensitive person. Bear in mind that highly sensitive people aren’t perfect and these are generalizations. Honest self-analysis will tell you if these positive traits are true for you. In random order they include:

* Deep-Thinking— We look into life more deeply than others. This can help us enjoy and understand life more.

* Good at holding still— This is very advantageous if you’re at the dentist. My dentist always tells me that I’m very good at doing this.

* Good Drivers— You might not think of this as a positive HSP trait, but it’s true for me. I’m aware of everything around me and drive accordingly.

* Better at spotting errors–This is a good thing unless imperfection might drive you insane.

* Being able to learn and implement what we’ve learned without being aware of where we learned it— HSPs are like human learning sponges. We take in everything around us.

* Strong sense of guilt— You might not think of this as a positive trait, but it’ll keep you out of trouble. Knowing the consequences of your actions will pay dividends in your life.

* Good at imagining possibilities— This will give us more options in life.

* HSPs are great people to be friends with— We’re loyal, intelligent, good listeners, wonderful advisors, and don’t overstep boundaries. We have a strong likability factor. HSPs are often aware of what others need. Who wouldn’t want to be our friend?

* Self-reliant— HSPs have the ability to work on their own and are self-sufficient. This is an exceptional trait unless it keeps you from asking for help when needed.

* Conscientious— Being conscientious in a non-conscientious world will make you stand out as being extraordinary.

* Have the ability to concentrate deeply— HSPs have the ability to concentrate deeply, but normally with fewer distractions as possible. Do you utilize this very important gift?

Can you think of any other HSP strengths? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

8 Replies to “What’s so good about being highly sensitive?”

    1. Hi Sid,

      I’m glad my post lifted your spirits! It’s difficult to focus on the positive in a sometimes negative world. We do have the choice on how we want to feel.

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