If you have ever been called ‘sensitive,’ you might be surprised to learn that there is a scientific term called Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). HSPs are conscientious, highly intuitive, and sensitive to noise, pain, and others’ emotions. They tend to get overwhelmed by things such as bright lights, intense smells, loud noises and coarse fabrics. They also tend to get overly flustered when they have a lot to do in a short amount of time and end up withdrawing during busy days. HSPs also tend to arrange their lives to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations. 15-20% of the population are HSPs, so this is something many people experience. This is not a diagnosis, but rather a genetic trait attributed to a highly sensitive nervous system.
This trait can be seen as a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it. Needless to say, HSPs face many emotional challenges, often co-occurring with anxiety and depression and may find talk therapy helpful for their mental health and well-being. Melanie Rosemberg understands the challenges and benefits of being a highly sensitive person and has years of experience helping HSPs find peace and create the necessary boundaries to protect their emotional health.