Highly Sensitive People

Hi loves,

A new development since my last posts. I’ve decided to change my degree plan to Clinical Psych with LPC track, instead of doing CMHC. This makes more sense for me long term and would mean I’m out from under the preconceived notions carried by the CMHC staff. The Psych staff have had no issues with me at all. Anyway, what this means for this post: I have to take an individual research class, in which I do my own research and create a research paper. I’m getting a head start on finding participants.

I’m about to start research on how Highly Sensitive People have differing needs in the higher education and business sectors. I’m wondering if any of you might be willing to take this self-test, see if you qualify as HSP, and then be willing to participate in further research with me a little down the line?

Here is the self-test: http://hsperson.com/test/highly-sensitive-test/

If you take it and are interested, please let me know in the comments. Age doesn’t matter. Only qualifying factors would be experience in a work environment or college/grad school environment and identification as HSP.

I’m in the US so I’d really love to see some participants from other countries, so I can learn about how your country does or does not do a better job of accommodating highly sensitive traits.

And, as a side note: the self-test really just measures sensory processing stuff, so if you’re close to the cutoff (it is either 13 or 14), please let me know. You probably still qualify.

21 thoughts on “Highly Sensitive People

      1. Lol I wondered. Only 20-30% of people are HSP. And of that percentage, only 30% are extroverts. And you are definitely an extrovert. Haha


  1. Great news about the program switch! What a relief to have a good option to switch into. Im so interested in your research! My therapist introduced me to the HSP concept early on and I have become pretty fascinated with it- especially with the line Elaine Aron draw between being an HSP and forms of neurodiversity. I am an extrovert HSP – super-sensitive, but also not that bothered by crowds or other kinds of stimulation we find in public. I scored a 14. In open to taking your survey if you think I fit your sample!


  2. I’d be careful not to tell people what the cutoff is. You may be biasing the results and therefore the sample.


    1. It tells in the self-test. There is an actual survey that is used specifically for research that doesn’t tell cutoff. I’ll be using that one once I get a wide range of people able to participate.


      1. You might want to think about the bias produced by the advance information. It is possible that the group of participants who are selected in this way will be different than a group who did not know what the cutoff was. Your professors are likely to ask you about this, or should.


    1. Elaine talks about that in her book. It is possible that the sensory processing is a result of being HSP. That is a big part of it… we are often the people who cut tags out of our clothes, can only have certain materials for our furniture, etc. Or, if you’re like me, it manifests in things like asking the therapist to turn off the noise maker, having to move the pillows, needing the therapist in a specific seat, refusing to touch certain things, etc. I’ve not been diagnosed with SPD though, so I attribute all that to being HSP.


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