3. Your own feelings are deep and alive
You can’t just speak from your head and be rational, because that’s not how you function. Your wisdom comes through the felt sense in your body and often surprises other people because it is so different from how they experience life. Your perspective easily makes them tilt their heads.
This is good! You just planted a seed. Don’t be surprised if they suddenly agree with you in the near future.
4. You can tell what others are feeling and experiencing
Oftentimes without them even having to open their mouth.
That makes it easier for you to meet them where they are at, and help them understand themselves better. This is a wonderful gift when you are a healer, therapist, coach, or teacher.
People don’t just want mental understanding. They need someone to feel them, so they themselves can get in touch with their feelings and senses.
They need someone like you to reflect that back to them in a loving safe way. They need to know that their feelings are valid and wise.
5. You easily get overwhelmed in bigger crowds and activities
When you feel other people, their energies, the energies in the room and all around, it’s a lot, isn’t it?
It makes you feel drained or overwhelmed and you need time afterward to release it all and find yourself again.
Avoiding bigger crowds or spending less time there, is a healthy alternative than letting your energy gets sucked out of you.
6. You need a lot of time on your own
Either in nature or far away from the busy world.
This is a very important and necessary characteristic of a highly sensitive person and turns out to be a sign of good self-care.
It is not a sign of weakness, weirdness, or lack of social adjustment. It is your wisdom speaking to you.
It lets you know that because you are attuned to the finer energies, it is essential to take the time to reconnect with yourself often.
I don’t need to tell you how challenging it is to get lost in the busy and insensitive world, right?
7. You easily feel exhausted when you do more than you’re meant to do
As a highly sensitive person, you’re not meant to work long hours, be extraverted, and try to produce like the world demands of people.
Taking breaks, working less, and spending more time connected to your inner world is as essential to you as is a good organic healthy meal.
8. You prefer to hang out with one, maybe two people
Because this is where you can really connect on a deeper, meaningful level. Rowdy crowds just don’t do it for you.
You’re ready to go home long before the peak of the party is reached. One nourishing quality conversation with just one like-hearted soul makes the party feel worthwhile of your time and energy.
If you try to mingle with many people in a high quantity, less nurturing way, you’ll leave wishing you’d never left home that evening.
9. You like your alone time
For the most part, you prefer staying home with your cats and dogs and a good book rather than going out for entertainment.
Most highly sensitive people feel very nourished by their pets and don’t feel the need to go out and search for connections.
A soul mate may be welcome, as long as you feel met in a deep, fulfilling way. Feeling connected on a deep level is non-negotiable.
10. You feel weird or different like you don’t fit in
Well, maybe there is some truth to that — but not in a negative way.
The word “weird” stems from the Anglo-Saxon word wyrd. It roughly corresponds to fate or personal destiny or the power to control fate.
My suggestion to all highly sensitive people: Be wyrd, because it’s your destiny.
It just means you are different from the crowds and that you’re meant to be.
How wonderful that being a sensitive, “wyrd” person is your divine destiny. It was never your destiny to fit into a world too far from your natural reality.
Over my own lifetime, I’ve had to learn — yes learn — to be myself, to be OK with being different and weird, and embrace my sensitivities as a wonderful, needed gift in this world.