6 signs you’re a highly sensitive person who feels things others don’t

In every corner of the world, there are individuals who experience life on a deeper level than most – they are the highly sensitive ones among us.

They might perceive emotions more intensely, sense the subtle shifts in their environment, or feel a profound connection with art or nature that others might not understand.

You may wonder if you’re one of these individuals, especially if you’ve often found yourself overwhelmed by feelings that seem to come out of nowhere or feel deeply affected by the moods and energies of the people around you.

After years of observing and navigating my own heightened sensitivity, and conversing with others who share these experiences, I’ve identified six key signs that may indicate you’re a highly sensitive person.

If these signs resonate with you, it might be time to embrace this unique aspect of your personality and learn how to harness it for your benefit.

1) You absorb emotions like a sponge

As a highly sensitive person, you’re likely an empath, picking up on and absorbing the feelings of others around you.

It’s as if you have a built-in emotional radar, always tuned in to the emotional frequencies of those in your vicinity.

This can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially in large crowds or intense situations.

You might find yourself suddenly feeling anxious, sad, or excited without understanding why, only to realize later that you were mirroring someone else’s emotions.

This heightened emotional awareness is not a weakness but rather a gift that allows you to connect with others on a deeper level.

However, learning to set emotional boundaries will be crucial in protecting your own wellbeing.

Speaking of a deep connection with emotions and oneself, it’s worth noting that your emotional landscape extends internally too.

2) You have a rich, intricate inner life

Highly sensitive people often have a vivid and complex inner world that they retreat to.

Your mind is an endless landscape of thoughts, ideas, feelings, and visions. You might find yourself daydreaming often, lost in your imaginations and the stories you create in your mind.

This depth of introspection and imagination is a common trait among artists, writers, and other creative individuals.

It’s your sanctuary from the outside world, but it can also feel isolating if you believe others wouldn’t understand your inner world.

Remember, this ability to perceive and conceptualize in such detail is a testament to the richness of your mind – it’s something to be embraced.

And while the inner world is rich and captivating, the external world, filled with art and beauty, can evoke similarly profound emotions in you.

3) You’re deeply moved by beauty and art

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As a highly sensitive person myself, I’ve often found that beauty, in all its forms, moves me profoundly.

Whether it’s a heart-stirring piece of music, a breathtaking sunset, or a poignant line in a novel, I can be brought to tears by the sheer intensity of my emotional reaction.

For instance, I recall walking through an art gallery and coming across a painting so stunningly beautiful that I was rooted to the spot, my eyes welling up with unshed tears.

The artist had captured the essence of human despair so powerfully that it felt as though the painting was speaking directly to my soul.

This deep appreciation for art and beauty is not just about aesthetics; it’s about connecting with the shared human experience, feeling life’s joys and sorrows in their rawest form.

If you too find yourself frequently moved to tears or feeling goosebumps when witnessing beauty or art, you’re likely a highly sensitive person.

Yet, with this heightened sense of appreciation and emotion, comes an increased vulnerability to external pressures.

4) You’re more prone to stress and burnout

Highly sensitive people are often deeply affected by stress, both physical and emotional. This is due to their heightened nervous system, which responds intensely to stimuli.

In a study published in the journal Brain and Behavior, it was discovered that people with high sensitivity have a more active insula, the part of the brain that enhances perception and increases emotional response.

This means you might find yourself easily overwhelmed in high-pressure situations or environments with excessive noise, light, or activity.

It’s crucial for you to recognize your boundaries and take necessary steps to protect your energy, including regular self-care practices and time spent in calm, quiet environments.

This need for calmness often manifests as a desire for solitude, a space to reset and recharge.

5) You need time alone to recharge

I’ve always been someone who cherished solitude.

From a young age, I found myself needing periods of quiet and alone time to recharge after busy days at school or social events.

It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy being around people, but rather that the energy of interacting with others would drain me, leaving me craving the silence and peace of my own company.

For instance, after a day filled with meetings at work, I would often come home feeling exhausted and spend the evening reading or taking a quiet walk to recharge my energy.

If you too find yourself frequently seeking solitude to recover from social interactions, this could be a sign that you’re a highly sensitive person.

In addition to these patterns of self-awareness and rejuvenation, your heightened sensitivity might also equip you with an uncanny intuitive ability.

6) You have a strong intuition

Highly sensitive people often have a well-developed sense of intuition.

You might find that you’re able to sense changes in your environment before others do or that you often have a strong gut feeling about decisions or situations.

This intuition isn’t just about making predictions, but rather about being deeply in tune with your surroundings and the feelings of others.

You might find yourself knowing things without understanding how you know them, or feeling certain about a decision while others are still pondering.

This intuitive nature is a result of your heightened sensitivity and can serve as a powerful guide if you learn to trust it.


Remember, being a highly sensitive person isn’t a flaw or something to be fixed.

It’s a unique trait that allows you to experience the world in a deeper, more nuanced way.

Learning to understand and manage your sensitivity can lead to a richer, more fulfilling life where you’re not simply surviving, but thriving in your sensitivity.

This article can serve only as a guidance. To better understand your unique predispositions, consult a professional such as a psychologist or a therapist. 

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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