“Your greatest strength will come from your greatest weakness”
Although it can sometimes feel like a curse, being a Highly Sensitive Person or HSP, can actually have some incredible advantages, often disguised as vulnerabilities.
One could argue that sensitive people are stigmatized to a certain degree in our society. After all, we’re made to believe that the world we live in, is a cruel and ugly place, unsuited for the meek and fragile-hearted.
But what if this alleged weakness actually turned out to be our greatest feat? It takes a lot of courage to love and show compassion to others when we’re uncertain of their true motives. It takes even more courage to remain this way when you’ve been hurt in the past by other people’s wrongdoings.
Highly sensitive people usually go through life with a strong desire to change their own hearts but often find that It’s nearly impossible to do so.
The question in my mind remains though, why would anyone want to give up this amazing gift? Only select people are blessed with hearts like this and once this realization manifests in the minds of these individuals, they’ll finally understand that they hold the power to change the world.
So what are some traits of a highly sensitive person and what are the advantages?
Although not all highly sensitive people possess these traits, they appear to be more commonly demonstrated by them due to the very nature of the highly sensitive person’s mind.
1. They have a strong desire to help others.
For better or for worse, the highly sensitive person has an innate desire to serve others in this life. This can come in the form of various career choices or volunteer services, they choose to take up such as counseling, nursing, teaching, and helping the less fortunate. Careers and services like these bring a sense of fulfillment to the HSP’s life and can really help them put their ability to counsel and love others to good use.
As a highly sensitive person myself, I know that helping others accomplish a goal or a set of goals brings me joy and helps me stay grounded to my true nature.
2. They feel more strongly.
This is an area that non-HSP’s have a difficulty understanding. What may seem like an innocent remark, joke, or comment to some, may be highly offensive to the HSP.
This is again due to the very nature of their personalities and the way that they process the world around them. It’s also the reason that comments such as “stop being so sensitive” or “you always take things the wrong way” are often made to the HSP.
On the flip side however, possessing the ability to feel more strongly drives the HSP to take notice of the problems in the world often internalizing them and coming up with real solutions to help solve them. I have found myself volunteering for causes that I strongly identify with or simply because of my ability to feel for others on a much deeper scale.
3. The world around them has a more deeper meaning.
The HSP is naturally more prone to feeling intensely about certain issues in life and typically associate a more deeper meaning to simple life experiences that others may simply disregard or take for granted.
The HSP often does not believe in coincidences and believes that everything ties in with one another. This can be blamed on their analytical thinking and desire to better understand the world around them (and the people within it).
As a highly sensitive person, I find myself creating my own analogies or building on existing analogies put forth by famous predecessors. I believe that everything that happens in life helps to lead us to becoming the person we were meant to be. Sometimes, meditating on these thoughts can make them appear clearer to us.
4. The ability to hold more meaningful conversations.
Holding a conversation about various life subjects is something that comes naturally to the HSP. What heightens this experience is having a genuine passion for the subject at hand, making them the ultimate conversationalists filled with insight and wisdom.
Because the HSP often possess introverted qualities as well, they have a low tolerance for discussing topics that are meaningless to them. This includes what the HSP would consider a shallow topic such as small talk such about the weather and current events.
I personally feel more engaged in a topic when it holds a strong meaning in my life. It also helps me build real life connections with people who either feel strongly about the same things or can offer a new perspective that helps to open my mind and introduce me to a new school of thought.
5. They are mindful of how they treat others.
Because the HSP feels so strongly, they are careful with the hearts and feelings of those around them. They often put themselves in the shoes of others and refrain from saying or doing things that could potentially lead to pain in suffering.
This comes from the perception of their own fragile hearts as they tend to perceive how others feel or may feel based on their own inner feelings.
This comes as a huge benefit to those who are in relationships with someone considered a HSP because they very rarely have to worry about their friend or partner treating them in a way that they wouldn’t like to be treated in return (most of the time at least).
6. They have a strong intuition.
Although this isn’t a trait that’s exclusive to highly sensitive people, It tends to be more common because of their ability to be more in tune with their inner dialogue.
Combined with already heightened senses, the HSP is often able to predict the outcome of a situation and even able to sense the motives in certain individuals. This can save them and those around them from getting themselves into unwanted predicaments.
Sadly however, this trait can also get the HSP into trouble as they may tend to over-analyze and misinterpret a situation based on feelings rather than actual facts. I myself have been guilty of this many times and have unknowingly denied myself from what could have been a good experience simply due to my careful and over-analytical nature. Overall however, I like to think of it as my guide to experiencing the world around me and try not to take it for granted.
You’re what the world needs.
Again, although not all highly sensitive people will possess some or all of these traits, they tend to be more commonly observed and prominent to those who consider themselves highly sensitive.
Being sensitive in a world where sensitivity is associated with weakness can indeed be scary but It’s important to remember that this wonderful gift was entrusted to us in order to become conductors of love, compassion, and empathy– something this world so desperately needs.