Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) make up fifteen to twenty percent of the population. Seventy percent are introverted and thirty percent are extroverted.
A handful of us are also sensation-seeking. Both men and women can have this trait. HSP men have always faced stigma in a hypermasculine society, which despises emotion as it’s often seen as a feminine quality.
HSPs are observant, highly creative, insulted easily, cry more frequently, are good at seeing things from a cultural perspective (individualism vs. collectivism), feel pain more deeply, are easily tired, (no surprise since their brains are working overtime).
We can’t go without decent sleep (jet lag and night shifts don’t suit us; our brains need more sleep), are more emotionally charged, and need downtime and low-stress situations more than non-HSPs, otherwise, we will be overstimulated. Some HSPs may have sensitivity to loud noise, lights, tastes, and touch. We can also have complex thoughts and even obsessions.