15 Problems Only Highly Sensitive People Get

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A highly sensitive person, also known as HSP, experiences the world differently than others. Due to a biological difference that they’re born with, HSPs are more sentient and process sensory information deeply. 

Consequently, they tend to be creative and insightful but they also feel more stressed and overwhelmed. The things that non-HSPs enjoy can seem too intense for HSPs because they perceive it more vividly.

In this video, we’re going to describe fifteen problems only highly sensitive people get. If you can relate, know that you’re not alone. While being an HSP may make your life more complicated, it’s not considered a disorder or abnormality.

Now, let’s begin.


Even headphones can be too loud.

Loud noises are a bit too much to handle when you’re an HSP. Sadly, it’s not limited to crowded places or noisy environments like the mall, a concert, or an amusement park. Even having the volume turned on too high on headphones can be a bitter experience.


Limited options for hanging out with friends.

Flashy lights, amplified sounds, and strong smells are all too much to take when you’re an HSP. Unfortunately, that eliminates the option of going to places like bars, clubs, carnivals, and movie halls. As a result, HSPs only have a few places then can go to socialise.


Change is horribly uncomfortable.

Most people find it hard to adjust to change but even the smallest transition can be exhausting if you’re an HSP. For example, a new tooth brush, a different desk, or an altered traffic route may seem like minor alterations to your daily life. But HSPs can’t help but notice every single aspect of the change and feel uncomfortable.


Disproportionate startle responses.

Suppose someone did a practical joke one you just for laughs. A non-HSP might get startled and then join in the fun. But for highly sensitive people, it takes longer to simmer down. If they get scared or shocked, their body stays in that state for longer. They might even shriek louder than expected when startled.


Hunger should not be ignored.

HSPs are also sensitive to changes in blood sugar levels. The minute their body starts sending signals of hunger, their attention gets diverted. Food cravings are felt a lot more intensely and might even lead to anger and frustration.


Not getting enough sleep can be a nightmare.

All the inconveniences of being highly sensitive get magnified with lack of sleep. If an HSP stays up for longer than what’s ideal, the next day feels like torture. Every sensory stimulus seems harsher than it is, as if they’re having a hangover.


People-pleasing behaviour.

A highly sensitive person tends to be highly empathetic and compassionate. Though this is a wonderful quality to possess, sometimes it leads to unpleasant situations. HSPs feel other people’s discomfort so acutely that at times, they end up agreeing to help others even if it means crossing their personal boundaries.


Vacations can be stressful.

Going to new places on holiday is supposed to be relaxing but for HSPs, it can be a bit of a bother. Staying in a hotel, sleeping in a different bed, and getting used to the change in routine feels annoying and inconvenient when you’re highly sensitive.


Strong emotional reactions to everything.

Whether it’s watching a horror movie or witnessing any kind of beauty, a highly sensitive person might have an extreme reaction. They can’t help but feel emotional about it. So much that it stays in their mind for days, which non-HSPs might not understand.


Reading too much into people’s behaviour.

When you’re an HSP you’re likely to notice any small movement, expression, or gesture others make. Moreover, you tend to overthink what they meant by it. This leads to hours or even days of thinking of all possible meanings of the behaviour. It doesn’t help that you can sense what they’re feeling, especially if they’re not being upfront.


Taking more time than others to move on.

When going through heartbreak or any kind of loss, an HSP takes longer than usual to get over it. Because of this, they’re not able to pick up the pieces and move on with life for prolonged periods. Others might think they’re overreacting or depressed, but it’s just how their mind and body work.


Doing things last minute is nothing short of hell.

Most HSPs hate working on a tight schedule. The pressure of time only makes it harder for them to geth things done. Each setback feels a lot worse than it is and the stress gets overwhelming. That’s why a highly sensitive person hates doing things last minute.


Absorbing other people’s moods.

It can be quite emotionally exhausting to be a highly sensitive person because the emotional state of the people around you impact you a lot. If your partner or best friend is feeling low, you start feeling it too. Others don’t even have to talk about their feelings for you to become aware of them.


Sensitivity to raised voices.

The aversiveness to loud noises also includes hearing people speak in a raised voice. It doesn’t have to be someone yelling at you. Even witnessing strangers shout at each other can be emotionally distressing when you’re an HSP.


There’s no replacement for alone-time.

Every highly sensitive person needs to spend some time alone on a daily basis. This is necessary for reflection and unwinding. So many things happen throughout the day that need to be processed, which can’t be done unless the HSP takes out some time for themselves.

Were you able to relate to any of the problems we listed here? Can you think of any other problems only a highly sensitive person will understand? Let us know in the comments. The Optimist Minds community would love to what from you.

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