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What It's Like to Be Highly Sensitive: An Introduction

"I were but little happy if I could say how much."
-William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

"You've been crying."
"Beauty does that to me."
-An Affair to Remember

"Their happy is too loud."
-We Bought a Zoo

"Jesus wept."
-John 11:35

I am an HSP.

What is an HSP, you ask? It is a "highly sensitive person", as defined by Dr. Elaine Aron, the pioneer for research on the trait of high sensitivity. You could also say, like Kelly O'Laughlin of, that HSPs are "people who experience the world intensely".

I recently rented and watched Dr. Aron's documentary, the first of its kind about this trait, called Sensitive: The Untold Story. I ended up showing it to my husband the same day I watched it myself. The film ends with Dr. Aron saying that what she wishes for HSPs is that they would start speaking up about this trait.

So, here I am.

The movie, as well as Dr. Aron's website about…

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