Among the benefits of having a high degree of sensitivity (HSP) is higher emotional responsiveness and empathy. There are some negative aspects of having a high degree of sensitivity as well, however, including heightened risk of overstimulation and increased awareness. Here are some facts about sensitivity:
Empathy is a high degree of sensitivity for HSPs
People who are highly sensitive are observant, feeling everything deeply. They are easily moved by the smallest events, and they notice environmental cues that others do not. Because of this, they often perceive danger and other negative events before others do. Often, people with high degrees of sensitivity find a comfort in the label of “HSP,” and they may find therapy, resources, or books about HSPs helpful. Highly sensitive people tend to be empathetic and conscientious, and their keen perception helps them notice even the most subtle details.
People with high levels of sensitivity to emotions may be less able to form close relationships because they feel overwhelmed by the intensity of other people’s feelings. High-functioning people may need to be around fewer people to avoid feeling lonely or overwhelmed. They may also find it difficult to interact with strangers in social situations because they may feel guilty or uncomfortable saying “no.”
Higher levels of awareness and emotional responsiveness
Being emotionally aware increases your ability to see multiple perspectives of a situation. It helps you control your emotions and focus on the positive aspects of a situation, reducing the intensity of negative emotions. In addition, being more emotionally aware also helps you make better decisions. You are less likely to make snap judgments based on your emotional state. Therefore, you can develop a healthy relationship by learning to control your emotions. This article explores some ways to practice emotional awareness.
According to research, emotional awareness is associated with the ability to conceptualize and describe emotions. The theory is based on Piaget’s theory of cognitive development and was developed into a performance measure, the Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale. This scale has been studied in both healthy and clinical populations and has even been translated to digital form. As research progresses, the theory continues to evolve. However, it remains a promising area for further research.
Increased risk of overstimulation
There are a number of reasons why a person with a high degree of sensitivity may experience overstimulation. These reasons include taking care of small children, working in a noisy environment, and not being able to afford a quiet living space. Some individuals may also be extremely sensitive due to social or economic disadvantages. If this describes you, it is important to find a therapist who recognizes these constraints and finds creative solutions to reduce overstimulation.
Overstimulation can lead to stress, anxiety, and even panic attacks. Unlike other forms of anxiety, sensory overload can cause a person to fail to recover from the changes triggered by stress. This condition is known as chronic sensory overload and can lead to ongoing changes throughout the body. People with this condition may be unable to avoid all challenging situations and may even suffer from an increased risk of developing chronic stress.
Genetic factors that influence sensitivity
Research has shown that most of the genetic influences of sensitivity are shared with other personality traits such as neuroticism and extraversion. Environmental influences, by contrast, are almost entirely specific to sensitivity. In one study, genetic influences of sensitivity accounted for 63% of the variance. The researchers are still working to find the exact genes responsible for sensitivity. The following study summarizes results from multiple studies of sensitivity. This research also sheds some light on how sensitivity is influenced by environment and personality traits.
Environmental and genetic influences are the major contributors to ES. ES can be divided into three subtypes based on genetic factors. Some people are more sensitive to positive and negative environmental influences. Some people have more LST/EOE-related genes than others. They also have more AES-related genes. This article discusses the heritability of ES and shows how specific genetic influences can affect ES. The authors conclude that there is a genetic basis for this trait.