If you've ever wondered why you seem more sensitive than other people—why certain things seem to affect you more than they do other people—it's probably not because you're weak or incapable or less than anyone else. It just means you're different. And it may, in fact, mean that you're what's known as an HSP—a highly sensitive person.
Over the years, research has explored and refined the concept of HSP, and it's not that unusual. According to one of the leading researchers in the field, Dr. Elaine Aron, 15 to 20 percent of the population is highly sensitive. This list of questions will help you determine whether or not you fall into that group.
While it may mean you have to take better care of yourself than some people to minimize the negative effects of your sensitivity, it also gives you advantages—among them, insight, intuition, and empathy—that non-HSPs just don't have. Read on to find out if you're an HSP and to learn more about how to care for yourself and others: