The features of HSP are:
- Openness to details from the environment, both positive and negative
- Strong emotional reactivity, both positive and negative
- Deep information processing
- Sensitivity to overstimulation
A highly sensitive person perceives more from the environment in comparison with less sensitive persons, and also processes this information deeper, both emotionally and cognitively. It could be said that information is filtered less, which makes it more 'pure'. Processing this information takes time and that is why HSP people often have stop-and-check behavior. They pause their behavior, observe their environment, and later respond appropriately to the information that has arrived.
HSP people often have a deep and rich inner life and sometimes take a long time to make a decision; all options are considered first. The processing of the information can be accompanied by intense emotions and feelings.
HSP people are also conscientious, intuitive, conscientious, loyal, perfectionist, conscientious, friendly, empathetic and compassionate. They sense the mood of others and respond to it. Sometimes it can be difficult to make a distinction between your own emotions and those of others and to indicate limits. They can enjoy nature, art or music intensely, but abhor violence, aggression, injustice and irresponsible behavior. In general, HSPs function just fine. They are more creative and can enjoy small things. HSP, however, does not fit so well in our Western society, where individualism and boldness are of paramount importance.
The disadvantage of HSP people is that they become over-stimulated more quickly when too much information comes to them, so that the information can no longer be processed. Overexcitation is becoming more and more common as we have moved more into cities and we are increasingly exposed to stimuli through the media, advertising, 24/7 economy and digital communication. We also expect to see more and more of us; all our presentations are measured and compared. There are fewer rest moments. Because HPS people in particular suffer from the hectic nature of our Western society, they sometimes have the idea that something is wrong with them and they are more often considered unfair by others as an introvert, shy, anxious person. Overexcitation can lead to various psychological and physical complaints such as stress, anxiety, depression, tension, headaches, allergies, stomach / intestinal complaints, chronic fatigue etc.