Do you often find yourself asking the people around you, “How did you not notice something so obvious?”
Well, maybe these things seem obvious to you, but in actual fact, they’re not that remarkable and they don’t stand out.
Here’s the thing: The reason you’re noticing things that others don’t could be because you’re a hyper-observant person!
In this article, we’ll take a look at the power of perception and delve into the 10 signs that show you’re a hyper-observant person.
1) You notice small details
Have you ever heard the expression, “The devil is in the details?”
What that means is that small and insignificant seeming details can sometimes cause big problems and complications if they’re overlooked and not taken seriously.
That’s where your power of perception comes in handy! Because you’re such a hyper-observant person, nothing gets past you!
Here’s an example:
When it comes to signing documents, most people just skim through them before signing.
However, a hyper-observant person like yourself will carefully read the text from beginning to end (probably more than once) and spot any hidden clauses that could work against you!
The great thing about noticing small details is that it can be useful in so many different areas of life. In fact, being hyper-observant is considered an advantage in many professions – from being a book editor to a data analyst and even a graphic designer.
2) You’re good at reading people
Here’s another sign that you’re hyper-observant: When it comes to reading people, your power of perception rarely lets you down.
Now, whether you’re trying to figure out if your partner is lying to you or you want to know you can trust someone to go into business with them, you’re spot on when it comes to reading people.
But how exactly do you do it?
Let me explain. Because you’re hyper-observant, it means that you notice everything about a person, from their tone of voice to their gestures and various other non-verbal cues.
I mean, you can spot a liar by observing that they’re avoiding eye contact, that they keep fidgeting, and from their clammy hands! Pretty cool, huh?
3) You remember everything
If your memory is impeccable, it could be another sign…
Look, I have to admit that my memory is pretty terrible. I’m actually very disappointed that things that happened when I was a kid seem so far away, like they happened to someone else.
And maybe it’s like that for a lot of people, but not for everyone, not for hyper-observant people!
My grandmother, for example, has a crazy memory! She remembers things that happened during the Second World War! And it’s not just tiny blurry bits, she goes into real detail when she talks about the last 85 years!
In other words, if you’re like my grandma, it’s a surefire sign that you’re a very perceptive person and that once you see or learn something, it sticks with you for a very long time!
4) You’re mindful
Let me tell you a little bit about mindfulness. It’s a type of meditation that aims to ground you in the present moment.
When you’re mindful, your thoughts aren’t full of regret for something you didn’t do in the past and you’re not anxious about something that may or may not happen in the future.
The way to practice mindfulness meditation is to focus on something in the present, like a sensation in your body or a sound.
For example, a lot of people, myself included, focus on their breathing.
We follow the breath from the beginning of the inhalation all the way to the exhalation and then we’re back at the inhalation.
As we follow the breath, we really pay attention to what’s happening – from how the air is cold when we breathe in and hot when it goes out, to how our diaphragm and belly expand and contract with each breath.
In mindfulness, you can also focus on an itch you’re experiencing, the sounds from the street outside, or even the smells you’re picking up on. The point is to find something in the present and give it your full attention.
And the result?
Other than helping you deal with depression and anxiety and find peace in this chaotic world, it helps to sharpen your senses and makes you hyper-observant!
And guess what – a lot of people are actually mindful without consciously deciding to practice mindfulness.
Does that sound familiar?
5) You are highly attuned to your environment
Here’s the truth: If you notice everything that takes place around you, it could be another sign that you’re hyper-observant.
From being able to smell your neighbor’s lunch burning to being the only one to notice the tremor of a small earthquake, you’re clearly highly attuned to your environment.
And while this can be a blessing (like when it saves you from a fire) it can also be a bit of a curse, because it can be extremely tiring to be so aware of everything.
For years I used to have trouble sleeping because my neighbor used to watch the TV at night.
That’s why I think it’s important to find a way to tune out once in a while so that you can rest. For example, what helped me was to wear earplugs or listen to sounds of nature when I went to bed.
6) You are sensitive to emotional cues
Do you find yourself overwhelmed by other people’s emotions? Like if someone is very happy or very sad, you’ll pick up on that sensation and let it take over?
If that’s the case, it means you’re a very empathic person. And even when someone’s emotions aren’t all that obvious to others, you can tell!
Well, the fact that you’re so sensitive to emotional cues is because you’re hyper-observant.
I find that most people don’t notice when I’m feeling down, but then that one extremely perceptive person will come along and immediately upon seeing me ask, “What’s the matter?”
7) You are able to quickly analyze situations
Now, when it comes to emergencies, problems that crop up at work, or any other unpredictable situation that requires thinking on your feet – you’re the person people want to have around.
Because while everyone else is freaking out and wondering what to do, your mind is working, taking in all the information available, assessing the situation, and coming up with the best course of action!
In other words, the reason people count on you when they need help is that you’re hyper-observant and that helps you analyze situations and come up with solutions.
8) You have a keen sense of intuition
This is pretty interesting:
Some people believe that intuition is a “gift” or “sixth sense”. Others say that intuition is based on the subconscious processing of information that the brain has observed but hasn’t necessarily consciously registered.
Can you guess where I’m going with this?
If you have a strong sense of intuition and you’re generally spot-on, I’d say that’s another sign that you’re hyper-observant.
Think about it: Your heightened awareness allows you to pick up on subtle cues and make connections that others miss. This leads to a strong intuition about people and situations and helps you sense when something is not quite right.
The bottom line? Intuition isn’t a superpower, it’s the power of perception!
9) You are able to stay focused for long periods of time
Well, you’ve got me there. I’m pretty much all over the place. I’ll start to write something, then I’ll get up to get a glass of water, and the next thing you know I’m arranging the kitchen!
But people who can stay focused for long periods of time on what they’re doing are usually pretty perceptive.
For example, they can read a boring history book for hours without getting lost in thought. Plus they’re really good at absorbing information.
And when it comes to conversations with other people, they’re 100% there. Whereas someone like me might find their mind wandering (especially if it’s not a particularly interesting conversation), focused people give their full and undivided attention.
Does this sound like you?
If it does, then that’s another surefire sign that you’re hyper-observant.
10) You have a good sense of direction
Now, it may not be the first thing that pops into your mind, but people with a strong sense of direction are usually hyper-observant.
They’re great at navigating their environment and they almost never get lost – even when they travel to far-off places.
And when it comes to navigating their own city, they almost never use Google Maps, they are Google Maps. It’s actually pretty impressive.
So, if you‘re able to remember different routes and have a perfect sense of direction, it’s because you’re a very perceptive and observant person.
And there you have it, I hope it’s clear to you that other people aren’t observant but rather, you’re hyper-observant and that’s why you pick up on so much stuff that they don’t even notice.