Gifts of Highly Sensitive People

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Person wearing a coat in a field with arms out.All too often, I hear my highly sensitive (HSP) clients talk about the challenges of having the HSP trait. Along our therapeutic journey, I like to point out the gifts of Highly Sensitive People. This helps to redirect to a self-compassionate focus and support the beauty and strengths of being a Highly Sensitive Person. There are also ways to hone the gifts we have to increase growth through the challenges.

The gift of deep processing.

HSP’s have often gotten the message throughout their lives to “stop overthinking”. The truth is that yes, it can be frustrating to have the depth of processing that Highly Sensitive people experience. This is especially true when the processing takes us down the path of fear in making the wrong decision. Our depth of processing can be a gift when we channel it in a way that is compassionate not only for others, but for ourselves.

The gift of empathy.

HSP’s empathize deeply with those we are around. This gift allows us to be wonderful friends and parents. Empathetic parents can be more attuned to their children, providing them guidance in a way that their individual child needs. The important thing about empathy is remembering that over-empathizing is possible and can be draining. It’s important to identify which emotions are ours and which emotions belong with someone else. Having rituals, reflection, or activities that can help us release the emotions of others is a valuable skill for HSP’s to learn.

The gift to feel deeply.

This doesn’t always feel like a gift when feeling depressed or anxious, but HSP’s also feel deep joy. It’s easier to remember the feeling of challenging emotions, so it’s important that we take to notice how we feel in our bodies when we are having a pleasant moment so that we can record that feeling in our body and bring that back in when we need to access it. Journaling can help support this.

Here are some other gifts of Highly Sensitive People that I hope they take with them.

The gift of boundaries.

This can be hard for many Highly Sensitive People, so if you struggle to set and maintain boundaries you’re not alone. Boundaries help us keep our reserve of energy. You don’t have to go to a party that you aren’t emotional up for or that you know will drain you. It’s important to ask for support when you need help. It’s also okay to say no. You don’t have to push through to be like the non-HSP’s in your life. You may need more rest and you may need to ask for it.

The gift of creativity.

HSP’s tend to have a creative part to them. We may access it in different ways, but it’s important to do so to feel connected to yourself and express your emotions. Creativity can be an important outlet to release the energy you may be holding that is stressful or overwhelming.

The gift of loving yourself.

It can be hard to live in a world that is not designed with HSP’s in mind. So often, Highly Sensitive People have been given messages throughout their lives that something is wrong with them. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, if you received these messages, chances are there are still junk thoughts that show up from these consistent messages of the past. My hope is that the gift of loving yourself is something that will show up as you continue to focus on the gifts you hold as a Highly Sensitive Person.

If you or someone you know is a HIghly Sensitive Person experiencing overwhelm or anxiety and live in California or Texas, please contact me.

Please note that this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice from a doctor or mental health professional.