11 things about HSPs that most people don’t “get”

People who are HSPs (Highly Sensitive Persons) often have a rich inner life and need time alone to recharge.

These are just two things most people don’t understand about them. They also think HSPs are simply too sensitive and act like snowflakes, which is a very derogatory term these days. 

So, let’s dive a bit deeper into what makes these people tick and so interesting and shine a light on their behaviors. 

1) They experience emotions intensely

HSPs experience emotions on a whole other level. Much more intensely than others. They have the volume turned up on feelings, making joy, sadness, or stress feel more pronounced. 

To them, happy moments are euphoric, and sad ones, well, they especially hit hard.

It’s hard to describe what goes on in their minds in these situations. And that’s why people often think they’re on the spectrum. 

And while that may be the case for some, it’s not true for all of them, bringing about even more confusion. 

2) They struggle with overstimulation 

Think about it. You’re constantly bombarded with stimuli from all over the place. For most of us, that isn’t an issue in our day-to-day lives. 

For me, for example, it’s only an issue when I’m in the midst of a super busy airport or an intense shopping mall. 

But for HSPs, too much noise, bright lights, or a crowded room can be overwhelming, even in everyday situations. 

Think of it as trying to park your car, but the radio is on full blast, and your passengers are all talking at the same time.

Not so easy, is it?

3) They’re masters at picking up on others’ feelings

But despite all that stream of information they’re bombarded with, HSPs can sense what others are feeling. 

They hear the words just like the rest of us, but they also pick up on the emotional vibes in the room. 

If someone’s feeling down, happy, or even just a bit off, HSPs are likely to pick up on it, often without a word being spoken.

They’re the friends you want around when you need someone to truly understand. Plus, they make great detectives too. 

4) They notice the little things others miss

If you were to walk into a room with an HSP, they’d immediately spot a tiny crack in the wall or notice a subtle change in the atmosphere. 

And that’s as much amazing as it’s overwhelming. 

Can you even imagine what that’s like when your mind can’t catch a break because it’s working overtime to notice every little detail no one else notices?

On the positive side, this ability makes HSPs incredibly attentive and observant. They can appreciate the beauty in small details and notice things that others overlook. 

It can also improve their creativity and understanding of their surroundings.

5) Creativity flows naturally for them

Creativity flows in their veins because they find inspiration in their rich inner world, turning everyday experiences into a canvas for their imaginative ideas.

They have a constant spark of creativity, whether they’re painting a picture, crafting a story, or coming up with clever solutions to everyday challenges. 

In fact, it’s their sensitivity to emotions and details that becomes this magical ingredient that adds depth and originality to whatever they create. 

I think it’s pretty awesome how even their ordinary experiences become a playground for their creative side!

6) Alone time is a crucial recharge for them

Another thing people don’t get about HSPs is that they aren’t anti-social. They just need their downtime. 

Picture it like a smartphone that needs to be plugged in – alone time is their way of recharging, so they can be fully present when they’re with others.

It’s a crucial part of their self-care routine, helping them preserve balance in a world filled with stimulation. 

So, when they say they need a bit of time to themselves, they’re just trying to ensure they can be fully present and engaged when they’re with you or others.

And where can they be alone that’s at the same time soothing and refreshing? Nature, of course. 

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7) They connect with nature

Nature is their sanctuary. Regardless of whether it’s a hike in the mountains or a stroll in the park, HSPs find solace and rejuvenation in the beauty of the natural world.

These moments allow them to recharge their emotional batteries and find harmony amid the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Apart from that, they also like staying in the moment more than anything else. For that, they turn to mindfulness and meditation to go through the overwhelming waves of triggers. 

It helps them focus on the current moment, appreciating the nuances of their experiences without getting overwhelmed by the past or anxious about the future.

8) Criticism hits them harder 

Criticism often has a more significant impact on HSPs because they feel things so deeply. 

It’s not that they can’t handle constructive feedback, but the emotional weight of criticism lingers a bit longer. 

However, here’s the cool part – this sensitivity to criticism often becomes a motivation for personal growth and self-reflection.

It’s like YouTubers reading comments about their videos. They could fall into depression if they focus only on the negative ones. 

Or they could let someone curate only those comments that are productive so they can focus on improving their videos. 

Unfortunately, many struggle with making a decision, as you’ll see next. 

9) They weigh decisions carefully

Choosing between pizza or burgers? For HSPs, decisions involve a mental checklist. They weigh the potential impact of each option, considering how it aligns with their values and the ripple effect it might have.

So, imagine an HSP considering different career options. Instead of hastily jumping into a job, they take the time to evaluate how each matches their passions, values, and long-term goals. 

They’ll consider factors like workplace culture, job responsibilities, and potential impact on their overall well-being.

They’re not impulsive at all. Just imagine how much money they save because they don’t impulse buy stuff like the rest of us. 

10) Small talk? Not their thing

Now, this is something I can get behind as I’m not much of a small-talker. Talking about the weather or the last night’s game isn’t my thing. 

Similarly, small talk feels like a missed opportunity for HSPs. They thrive in meaningful, deep conversations that explore the intricacies of life.

So, when you’re with an HSP, don’t be surprised if they steer away from the usual small talk script. Instead, they’re likely to guide the conversation toward topics that resonate deeply with them.

You know, the big picture stuff. And I have to say, this is refreshing. I’m sick of not being intellectually challenged often enough. 

I want to talk more about the things that worry me and even keep me up at night. I guess I have to expand my social circle quite a bit. 

11) They trust intuition

How often do you trust your gut? Hopefully, it’s often enough because that’s really important. 

HSPs also love trusting their gut feelings. Instead of solely relying on logical analysis, they embrace their intuitive nudges.

Faced with challenges, HSPs lean on their intuition to find creative solutions, for example. They use all their senses to find out why exactly their intuition sounded the alarm. 

And that’s something that sets them apart from most regular folks. If normies listened to their intuition, there would be no Florida Man trope, for instance. 

Final thoughts

I hope this article helped shed some light on highly sensitive people and that we can stop calling them snowflakes. 

They deserve much more appreciation than that, as they’re just trying to get by like the rest of us. 

Adrian Volenik

Adrian Volenik

Adrian has years of experience in the field of personal development and building wealth. Both physical and spiritual. He has a deep understanding of the human mind and a passion for helping people enhance their lives. Adrian loves to share practical tips and insights that can help readers achieve their personal and professional goals. He has lived in several European countries and has now settled in Portugal with his family. When he’s not writing, he enjoys going to the beach, hiking, drinking sangria, and spending time with his wife and son.

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