Is it hard to shut your mind off and stop thinking? You are not alone. One of the defining characteristics of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is deep processing. It can leave us stuck in analysis paralysis, without reaching a conclusion or beginning to act. That’s why I’ve written these 10 tips for transforming overthinking as a Highly Sensitive Person.
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Gaining a better understanding of being highly sensitive can help activate your personal growth process. Many HSPs are extremely self-aware and frequently look to coaching as a way to evaluate, grow, and learn more about themselves. Finding a coach or therapist who has HSP certification to become better equipped is important. Utilizing a coach with HSP certification could mean breaking through barriers in your personal and professional life in valuable ways.
research study came out in the psychological community this summer stating that there were significant similarities between those with vulnerable narcissism and the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) trait. While initially many were curious, Dr. Elaine Aron, initial researcher and author of The Highly Sensitive Person, published a rebuttal stating why the Highly Sensitive Person trait is not connected to narcissism.
Finding a therapist who understands the Highly Sensitive Person trait is possibly one of the best ways to impact your therapy goals. Once you’ve started learning about the Highly Sensitive Person trait as researched and documented by Dr. Elaine N. Aron in her book, The Highly Sensitive Person, it might become important to you to find a therapist or life coach who is an HSP or understands the Highly Sensitive Person trait. Many therapists, coaches, and people in the healing and helping professions are highly sensitive, which is very helpful for HSPs who are seeking support. We who are sensitive can support others who are sensitive because we understand the ups and downs that go with the territory. Overall, finding a therapist who understands the Highly Sensitive Person trait can be vital to reaching your goals for therapy.
If you consider yourself a Highly Sensitive Person, have you thought about where you draw your energy from? The debate of introversion (drawing energy from alonetime) or extroversion (drawing energy from being with people) is complex. Yet, it’s a simple question, and you might think, “duh, I’m an extrovert or an introvert.” But we aren’t exclusively just one or the other. Most likely, we are a combination of both, and other innate traits make it easy for us to err in thinking we are solely one or the other. There’s a third trait, the trait of High Sensation Seeking (HSS) also at play. Let’s take a closer look at the relationship between extroversion, introversion, and High Sensation Seeking in Highly Sensitive Persons.
In the workplace, the characteristics of the trait can show up as both beneficial and challenging–not only for the HSP, but for their managers and coworkers, too. Managing and working with Highly Sensitive People well is a worthy goal.