Turns out, I’m a HSP

A what?

First I need to tell you about how I came to discover this is a thing.

During the, “Your Art Matters,” week run by United Artspace, there was an interview with a chap called Paul Trussell. He described how his journey and I could relate to so much of what he was saying. He then explained how he’d then discovered he has a personality trait scientifically recognised as “HSP” – Highly Sensitive Person.

Now you may think this all sounds like excuses or new age rubbish, but I resonated so much with this that I investigated it further and yep, I’m one of them too.

Here’s some information on what it is, and what it feels like to be a HSP

What Is a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?

A highly sensitive person (HSP) is a term for those who are thought to have an increased or deeper central nervous system sensitivity to physical, emotional, or social stimuli.Some refer to this as having sensory processing sensitivity, or SPS for short.

While highly sensitive people are sometimes negatively described as being “too sensitive,” it is a personality trait that brings both strengths and challenges.

These terms were first coined by psychologists Elaine Aron and Arthur Aron in the mid-1990s and interest in the concept has continued to grow tremendously since then.