Energy Sensitive vs. Highly Sensitive
Based on my experience, education and training, I have found that energy sensitivity almost always goes hand-in-hand with being a "Highly Sensitive Person", or HSP, a term that was coined by Elain Aron in 1996 to describe people that experience "Sensory-Processing Sensitivity" (the scientific term). Being an HSP just means that our brains perceive and process information a little differently, most likely as an innate survival strategy. In fact, biologists have found the HSP trait in over 100 different species, including dogs, cats and horses. So cool.
So, what is "energy sensitivity" and how is it connected to being an HSP? The term "HSP" has become an accepted way to generally describe "sensitive" people, but according to Dr. Aron, being an HSP by itself, does not cause impairment or distress. It's how our energy responds to the way we perceive and process information that determines if we are "energy sensitive" and to what degree.
For practical purposes, it's not that important to fully understand the subtle distinction of being an HSP vs. being "energy sensitive". If you feel that you are a sensitive person and it sometimes interferes with your life, Soulful Navigation can help!
Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?
Do you experience any of the following traits?
- Easily overwhelmed by bright lights, loud sounds, strong smells, and sensations on your skin
- Triggered when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time
- Need (not enjoy, actually need) alone-time to function
- Have a heightened enjoyment of foods, scents, calming sounds and art
- Have a rich and complex inner life
- Were told you were sensitive or shy while growing up
20% of the Population are Highly Sensitive
You are not alone, and there is nothing wrong with you. Our brains just work a little differently in the way that we process information. In fact, according to Dr. Aron, HSPs have traits that reflect a certain type of survival strategy of being observant before acting, and biologists have found the HSP trait in over 100 different species, including dogs, cats and horses. Amazing! There is a plethora of fascinating information about HSPs from Dr. Aron's decades of research - Check it out here!