Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

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genuineoriginal

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Real men are not HSP (and don't eat quiche)

If
by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!​
 

The Berean

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I scored 71.

Suggested Jobs:
Massage therapist, social worker, counselor, musician, artist, librarian, speech pathologist, alternative medicine practitioner, nurse, writer, editor, detective, researcher, occupational therapist, veterinarian.
Wow, I'm a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry. Go figure. :idunno:

Famous HSP’s:
Princess Diana, Carl Jung, Winona Ryder, Nicole Kidman, Charles Darwin, Mahatma Gandhi, Emily Dickinson, Kahil Gibran, Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Elijah Wood, Celine Dion, Joaquin Phoenix, Greta Garbo, Mozart, Ted Kaczynski, Woody Allen, Malcolm X, Orson Welles, Picasso, Salvador Dali, Barbara Streisand.

Quite a eclectic group. Malcolm X and Mahatma Gandhi? :think:
 

Thunder's Muse

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Real men are not HSP (and don't eat quiche)


I scored 71.

Quite a eclectic group. Malcolm X and Mahatma Gandhi? :think:



The word 'sensitive' is too often seen as a negative; a sign of weakness. In the case of HSP, it is a sensitivity to your environment; to people around you. Very detailed orientated in that you observe and perceive even the most subtle things that most people miss.

I could expound but may bore you all to tears :chuckle:
 

genuineoriginal

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The word 'sensitive' is too often seen as a negative; a sign of weakness. In the case of HSP, it is a sensitivity to your environment; to people around you. Very detailed orientated in that you observe and perceive even the most subtle things that most people miss.

I could expound but may bore you all to tears :chuckle:

Please notice the subtle differences between these statements:
I regularly get overwhelmed by my senses. For instance, loud noises and strong smells affect me negatively.
I often get spooked and get startled easily.​
and this statement:
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs​
 

Thunder's Muse

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Please notice the subtle differences between these statements:
I regularly get overwhelmed by my senses. For instance, loud noises and strong smells affect me negatively.
I often get spooked and get startled easily.​
and this statement:
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs​



I've had a night of insomnia so lack of sleep may be to blame but I'm not sure what you mean. Being overwhelmed by too much loud noise does not mean I'm losing my head.
 

genuineoriginal

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I've had a night of insomnia so lack of sleep may be to blame but I'm not sure what you mean. Being overwhelmed by too much loud noise does not mean I'm losing my head.
Maybe I am being overly sensitive, but here are the definitions for losing your head:
lose one's head
  1. Fig. to become confused or overly emotional about someone or something.
  2. to suddenly become very angry or upset
  3. to not have control of your emotions

It seemed to me that several of the questions in the HSP quiz were asking whether you lose your head in noisy, emotional, and chaotic environments.
 

Thunder's Muse

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Maybe I am being overly sensitive, but here are the definitions for losing your head:
lose one's head
  1. Fig. to become confused or overly emotional about someone or something.
  2. to suddenly become very angry or upset
  3. to not have control of your emotions

It seemed to me that several of the questions in the HSP quiz were asking whether you lose your head in noisy, emotional, and chaotic environments.




I was thinking about it after I posted and 'overwhelmed' is not exactly how I would describe it.

Personally, I'm not easily startled.

Sharp, loud noise almost feels like it physically hurts. Too much noise in one area and I have trouble separating them, like it's all coming from the one place.

On a normal day, I take in every little detail, even if I don't mean to. This makes crowded or chaotic situations exhausting because the stimuli doesn't stop, so my brain never stops perceiving and analysing. There's no time to stop and catch my breath.

I wouldn't say it makes me lose my head, rather I find it incredibly unpleasant.
 
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