Thursday, October 18, 2012

HSP.

"I try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things."

Yep.

"I find it unpleasant to have a lot going on at once."

Yep.

"Changes in my life shake me up."

Yep.

"I'm often labeled as very sensitive or shy."

Quite a lot, especially growing up.

HSP = Highly Sensitive Person.  

Little things, that may not seem like much to an average person, can shake me to the core.

Busyness stresses me out.

Change makes me cringe.

I rely on and need my alone time...every day.

I am a hardcore perfectionist and people pleaser.

I've dealt with this for as long as I can remember.

It is both a blessing and a curse.

The fact of the matter is this: a HSP experiences life more intensely.  
We are able to pick up on details and circumstances that others can't perceive.

When someone is going through something, good or bad, I literally feel as if I am in their shoes, experiencing their joy or pain right alongside them. 

Life can tricky...which is why I'm beyond thankful to have my people, my family, right by my side.

  They get me.
 The four of us, especially, can relate SO well with each other.  We understand.
 I give thanks for this wonderful family...
...and especially this man (along with our boy).
 
I couldn't do it without them.
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7 comments:

  1. Oh Kristin, I can totally relate to you and I think we are alike in so many ways!!

    I'm also a people-pleaser, perfectionionst, minimalist, and brutally shy. I am empathetic and sympathetic towards others...to the point where I stress myself out trying to help or "sift through" their issues. Clutter gives me major anxiety (as do many other things).

    Thanks for sharing! It's nice to know that I'm not alone and maybe not so abnormal after all. :-)

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  2. I'm not sure I'm a classic HSP, but I do identify with some characteristics ...

    I am painfully quiet when I first meet someone. In high school and college, this often earned me a "stuck up" reputation. Once you get to know me, though, it's hard to get me to be quiet!

    I enjoy having a lot going on, but only when I feel that I'm in control of what's going on ... Throw in a surprise, and I will shut. down. Or freak out. Or possibly, freak out, and then shut down.

    Things that probably are insignificant to the "average" person, also shake me. (Case in point, dirty looks in that restaurant in Kansas. Mr. M, and my little sister, couldn't have cared less, but it put a damper on my entire day!)

    Overall, I think I would describe myself as simply introverted. I have a, perhaps irrational, fear of rejection. I also occasionally have a hard time reading people. At the park the other day, Mr. M had to tell me that another mom was obviously trying to make friends, and said I should go talk to her. He was right, and Maile and I both made a new friend, but this moms "signals" had gone way over my head!

    It definitely helps to have people around who understand you. :)

    Stunning wedding photo!

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  3. Erica,

    That we are! I think it's in our genes! You are definitely not alone. It's SO nice when people understand and can relate. Sometimes it can be hard, but I wouldn't change it for the world. My mom, sisters and myself talk about that all the time. :)

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  4. Katie,

    Yes, yes, and YES!
    I'm a total introvert as well.
    I TOTALLY get the "stuck up" comment, also. I have gotten that quite a bit before, too. After people get to know me, they're like "Oh! You're not what I thought at all!" Makes me sad, but that's just the hard part of being shy...

    Glad we can relate to each other! :)

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  5. I get the stuck up comment too. It's funny because once I get to know someone they will say, I used to think you were stuck up. No, I'm just shy! :-(

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  6. What's interesting is that I consider myself highly-sensitive, and so many of those phrases resonate with me, but I actually rush and try to stay busy, ignore those feelings of how I'm really doing and what people are thinking, because this life would be harder if I acknowledged every time I felt like less than enough or like someone else was pushing me down or judging me. Does that make sense?

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  7. Totally makes sense...it's so much easier to ignore than to deal with those feelings. I get it 100%!

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