The 'Highly Sensitive Person' Super Power

 

Someone once said to me “…Obviously you’re a HSP”

What the fudge is a HSP?

‘Highly Sensitive Person’. To be totally honest I wish it had a more impressive name. In a nut shell the region of the brain that deals with empathy and sensory information, this part of the brain is  different in Highly Sensitive people. ‘Highly Sensitive’ is not a descriptive term or a personality type, being a HSP is defined as having a hypersensitive nervous system.

After doing some research into HSP everything made sense, never have I been so delighted to be part of a club. All my life I have been described as ‘fussy’ and ‘observant’ , and I have always thought I was particular… or just a bit weird.

If you are a HSP it is likely that anything which affects your senses (so basically everything) can feel extremely intense if something isn't ‘quite right’.

For example, I find social situations really knackering, I (massively) over empathise, if someone dares put the overhead light on rather than a lamp, well, the world might as well of just ended, the noise of my electric toothbrush offends me, the noise of my bathroom tap makes me never want to brush my teeth or wash my face ever again (queuing up some hygiene issues here), you wont ever find a scratchy fabric in my home and I can often be found gagging if anything that smells less than wonderful. I’m fun to live with. 

So, there’s the good part to being a HSP. I have accurate intuition, I pick up on nuances and subtleties, my senses are (usually) second to none, I think being an HSP is a total super power.

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I believe that good design is invisible, homes should be healing spaces that support us when we need rest but also have the ability to re-energise us.

Once I realised not every ones senses are quite so finely tuned, I decided that I can use this to help others find comfort, flow and equilibrium in their homes, I can really empathise with people and imagine how they feel, so why not use this. This gave me the confidence to start a whole new career in interior design, a field which I ‘thought’ I knew nothing about, turned out I had everything I needed already built in and primed.

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Once I realised not everyones senses are quite so finely tuned, I decided that I can use this to help others find comfort, flow and equilibrium in their homes

I believe that good design is invisible, homes should be healing spaces that support us when when we need rest but also have the ability to re-energise us. 

Homes that fully support our wellbeing can be created by paying attention to what we need our home to do for us, combined with close consideration of our 5 senses- sight, sound, smell, taste and touch, rather than focusing exclusively on visual aesthetic.

If you would like to do a bit more reading into HSP, click here to check out  Dr Aron, who is a lead researcher on the subject. A few facts from Dr Aron… 

-one in five people are said to have been born as a HSP (which is around 1.4 billion worldwide),

-Hypersensitivity is genetic (20% of us are born with it)

It affects men and women equally. She explains it using the acronym HSP ‘DOES’

D – Depth of processing; HSPs process everything around them very deeply.

O – Overstimulation, which is produced because of D.

E – Emotional reactivity and empathy. Research indicates HSPs respond more to the emotions of others.

S – Sensitive stimuli; they’re incredibly sensitive to smells, sound and light.


If you would like to talk about how we can work together to find flow in your home, please feel free to email me