Highly Sensitive Person Susse Penny Wright: Registered MBACP Integrative Counsellor
 Highly Sensitive Person SussePenny Wright: Registered MBACP Integrative Counsellor 

Are You Highly Sensitive?


Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?


Here is The HSP Scale and The Self Test taken from Elaine Aron’s book Psychotherapy and The Highly Sensitive Person (p195-196).

Answer true if you feel this question is at least moderately true for you and false if you feel is not.

  1.  I am easily overwhelmed by strong sensory input.
  2. I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment.
  3. Other peoples moods effect me.
  4. I tend to be very sensitive to pain
  5. I find myself needing to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or any place where I can have privacy and relief from stimulation.
  6. I am particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine
  7. I am easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells, course fabric, or sirens close by.
  8. I have a rich, complex inner life
  9. I am made uncomfortable by loud noises.
  10. I am deeply moved by the arts or music
  11. My nervous system sometimes feels so frazzled that I just have to get away by myself
  12. I am conscientious
  13. I startle easily
  14. I get rattled when I have a lot to do in a short space of time
  15. When people are uncomfortable in a physical environment I tend to know what needs to be done to make it more comfortable (like changing the lighting or the seating)
  16. I am annoyed when people try to get me to do to many things at once.
  17. I try hard to avoid making mistakes and forgetting things
  18. I make it a point to avoid violent movies and television shows
  19. I become unpleasantly aroused when a lot is going on around me
  20. Being very hungry creates a strong reaction in me, disrupting my concentration or mood.
  21. Changes in my life shake me up
  22. I notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds and works of art
  23. I find in unpleasant to have a lot going on at once
  24. I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations.
  25. I am bothered by intense stimuli, like loud noises or chaotic scenes
  26. When I must compete or be observed while performing a task, I become so nervous or shaky that I do much worse than I would otherwise
  27. When I was a child, my parents or teachers seemed to see me as sensitive or shy.

If you answer more than 14 of the questions as true for you then its likely that you are an HSP. However as Dr Elaine Aron highlights this is by no means a full proof test, as no psychological test is, and its important not to base your life on it.

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