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  • Writer's pictureKatarina Ament, PsyD, MS

Your Sensitivity Isn’t a Hindrance, It’s a Gift: 10 Strengths of Highly Sensitive People


Hey friends! Today I want to talk about one of my favorite topics - highly sensitive people (HSPs). As someone with HSP traits myself, I tend to spend a lot of time processing my experiences, can get overwhelmed in crowds or noisy settings, and generally need time to myself to recharge. However, being an HSP isn’t just about feeling overwhelmed or needing alone time. It can also be an amazing gift with so many strengths. Let's dive in and explore why it's fantastic to be an HSP!


First things first - what is a Highly Sensitive Person? HSPs are people who process information and stimuli deeply. They tend to be deeply moved by arts, nature, and meaningful relationships. And they tend to be very observant, often picking up on subtleties in their environment that others miss. This gives them unique insights and a thoughtful approach to life. However, it also means HSPs can easily feel overstimulated and are prone to fatigue and overthinking.


So in other words - HSPs feel, observe, and think DEEPLY. This is their superpower! This article is all about HSP Strengths. Sure it can be overwhelming at times, but it’s also an incredible gift!


And at the end of the article, we’ll also provide resources on where to find highly sensitive person books, highly sensitive person tests, and highly sensitive person communities.

Now let’s get into the strengths!


10 Strengths of Highly Sensitive People


HSP Strength #1: Creativity

With their rich inner world, HSPs often thrive in creative fields like writing, music, and art. Their sensitivity fosters an appreciation for beauty and imaginative thinking. Many famous creatives identify as HSPs, like Alanis Morissette and Nicole Kidman. Other creatives have been given that descriptor more recently, like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Frida Kahlo, due to the sensitivity, empathy, and emotions depicted through their work. Without highly sensitive visionaries, the world would be a much less inspiring place!

HSP Strength #2: Good Observers

HSPs are very perceptive. They soak up all the details, often noticing things and making connections others may miss. They pick up on changes in their environment and others, noticing subtle changes in temperature, lighting, facial expressions, body language, and conversations. This makes them excellent observers of both people and their environment.

HSP Strength #3: Depth of Processing

HSPs often take the time to learn and understand things deeply. They fully absorb new information and experiences and like to process and consider everything before making a decision. They also integrate various perspectives when problem-solving, leading to a more nuanced and balanced understanding of situations, making their rich processing an invaluable skill.

HSP Strength #4: Insightfulness

HSPs observation and processing skills also make them very insightful. Since they notice the details, take the time to fully process information, and explore multiple perspectives, their observations result in thoughtful opinions, ideas, and solutions, making them great helpers and problem solvers.

HSP Strength #5: Conscientiousness

HSPs take the phrases “Do it right” and “Do it well” to heart. Making sure their responsibilities are taken care of and that things are done well is important to them. They are diligent workers who rarely cut corners. HSPs are generally described as responsible, timely, and detail-oriented. Ethics and integrity really matter to them. Their conscientiousness isn’t just about how they’re perceived or getting a good performance review. It relates to their empathy for others. HSPs work hard to do things well because they consider how their actions affect other people. They work to accomplish tasks timely and effectively because they don’t want to negatively impact those around them.

HSP Strength #6: Appreciation of Beauty

People who identify as HSPs often have a deep appreciation for music, art, nature, and poetry. They notice the first flower of spring, the melody in a bird's song, or the undertones of a painting. If you’ve ever been moved by a song or felt your worries melt away on the top of a mountain, then you know the feeling. HSPs derive great joy from the beauty around them. And their ability to appreciate subtle beauty makes the world a brighter place.


HSP Strength #7: Empathy

Empathy, or the ability to understand and share in what others are feeling comes naturally to HSPs. They intuitively sense what others are feeling, almost like an emotional radar. They don’t just feel bad for someone. They can actually imagine what it feels like walking in that person’s shoes and share in others’ joy, sadness, worry, or pain. Their ability to understand what others are going through makes them great listeners, confidants, and counselors. And the world could definitely use more empaths!


HSP Strength #8: Kindness

Their high empathy also makes HSPs very kind. Since they can understand how others are feeling on a deeper level, they strive to avoid hurting others and enjoy helping people in need. Their thoughtfulness makes them caring friends, partners, and coworkers. And they’re often willing to give up their time to help those they care about.


HSP Strength #9: Good Social Skills

Despite needing downtime, HSPs are often quite socially skilled. Their ability to pick up on subtleties and understand and empathize with others allows them to connect fairly easily. And they are often described as approachable and likable by their coworkers, friends, and partners.


HSP Strength #10: Intuitive

HSPs have great intuition and can often sense things before they happen. Their ability to read between the lines and pick up on subtleties gives them an edge in spotting patterns or shifts early on, which serves them well. Some people describe this as a “sixth sense,” or an ability to sense potential danger, conflict, or competition. Others describe it more as a gut feeling, sometimes having a sense about something even if they can’t quite put it into words.


Summary


As you can see, being highly sensitive clearly has many perks. Yes, drawbacks like getting frazzled easily come with the territory. However, the strengths make it all worthwhile. HSPs have so much to contribute to this world with their creativity, insight, conscientiousness, depth, and compassion.


If you identify as an HSP, embrace your unique wiring! Learn what makes YOU feel energized, and design your life accordingly. Figure out how to minimize stress and overstimulation so you can flourish. Your sensitivity allows you to enrich this world in a way no one else can. You were designed beautifully, sensitivities and all. Keep blossoming into your full potential!


How about you - do you identify as highly sensitive? What are some HSP strengths you recognize in yourself? Share in the comments below, I'd love to hear! Wishing you much joy and self-appreciation as you continue your HSP journey. You got this!


Highly Sensitive Person Resources


For additional information on Highly Sensitive People, check out:

Or, check out the following sites for additional information on HSPs, HSP tests, and HSP communities:

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