Are you highly sensitive?

Carl Jung was the first to mention that some people are born with an innate sensitivity. Elaine Aron was the first to research his claims. She confirmed 15-20% of the population are highly sensitive.

A highly sensitive person (HSP) is someone who 1. Has a more fine-tuned nervous system 2. Is able to draw more meaning out of an experience. 3. Can become overwhelmed if they don’t get time to process the sensory feedback.

It’s said that HSPs have a more intense reactions to art and music. They are more aware of aesthetics. They are more aware of social vibes and feedback from others. And they can read into more in a social situation. Finally, they are more aware of what is comfortable / discomforting to people.

At Neojungian Academy we believe everyone is sensitive. Everyone can get overwhelmed and overstimulated. Everyone can find an experience discomforting. This is also why we all need HSPs. HSPs are the first who can alert us to a bad situation ahead of time, they can also notice the smaller things, that bother us, but that we don’t realize bother us.

HSP is not anxiety

Anxiety can make you more likely to identify as highly sensitive. Anxiety is to overall be more likely to read a situation as negative. A HSP is someone who can both experience higher thrills and higher states of satisfaction and pleasure than the average person, but also someone who can experience higher lows, higher displeasure, and higher dissatisfaction.

Purity is the most important thing to HSPs. HSP appears highly related to the default-mode network and our ability to judge aesthetics, stories, and social experiences. HSPs appear to possess highly qualitative reasoning. This makes a HSP highly likely to be more empathic than the average type. Intelligent people also tend to be more sensitive. You could describe purity as humanity’s programmed ability to judge beauty, right and wrong, good and bad.

Purity is about ethical consistency, aesthetic consistency, richness and correctness in ethical conduct. Purity can be described as when you read a book, and how your empathy or your storytelling network knows instinctively the “right way” for a character to behave or for a situation to be resolved.

The characteristics of a HSP

  • Experience sensations in stronger nuance
  • Pick up on subtletlies in your behavior
  • Notice inconsistencies in their own and others behaviors
  • Are often perfectionist in art and creative pursuits – strong standards on what’s beauty
  • Often have strong ethical standards
  • Become more affected by negative and violent behavior
  • React more strongly to conflict

Is there anything we should add to the list? Are you highly sensitive? Send us a message!

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