If you’re a highly sensitive person (HSP), you know it can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you can pick up on subtle cues and emotions that others may miss, and you likely have a deep appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the world.
On the other hand, you may struggle with feeling overwhelmed in certain situations, and it can be difficult to manage your reactions. You may experience heightened emotions, be easily hurt by criticism, or overreact to unexpected changes. These are all common traits of a sensitive personality type.
Fortunately, understanding the different subtypes of HSPs can help you better understand your sensitivities and how to better manage them. Here, we’ll discuss the three distinct subtypes of HSPs and how to identify them.
What Are Highly Sensitive People
Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) are individuals who have an increased sensitivity to their environment and the people around them. They may experience heightened physical, emotional, and psychological reactions to various situations than the average person. They are typically more in tune with the world around them and are more easily overwhelmed by their environment.
While all highly sensitive people (HSPs) share certain traits, there are three distinct subtypes of HSPs that can be identified: depth of processing, overstimulation, sensory sensitivity, and emotional reactivity/empathy.
Depth of Processing
The first subtype of HSPs is those who have a tendency to process information deeply. These people may find themselves ruminating on a particular thought or idea, and they can be prone to overthinking and worrying. They may also be perfectionists who strive for excellence in all areas of their life.
The second subtype of HSPs is those who are easily overstimulated. These people may find themselves feeling overwhelmed in busy or chaotic environments, and may struggle to handle too much sensory input. They may also be particularly sensitive to light, sound, and other sensory stimuli. They may also be easily distracted and have difficulty focusing on tasks.
The third subtype of HSPs is those who are particularly sensitive to sensory stimuli. These people may find themselves particularly sensitive to certain smells, tastes, and textures, and may be easily overwhelmed by certain sounds or visuals. They may also be particularly sensitive to changes in their environment and may find it difficult to adjust to new situations.
The final subtype of HSPs is those who are highly empathetic and emotionally reactive. These people may find themselves quickly picking up on the emotions of others, and may have difficulty managing their own emotions in response. They may also be particularly sensitive to criticism and may find it difficult to stay composed in emotionally charged situations.
Identifying Your Subtype
If you’re a highly sensitive person, it’s important to identify your own subtype in order to better understand and manage your sensitivities. Consider which of the four subtypes described above best describes your own experience, and take the time to explore and understand your sensitivities.
Once you’ve identified your subtype, it’s important to develop strategies to help you manage your sensitivities. This may include things like learning relaxation techniques, creating boundaries, and taking time for yourself. You can also benefit from self-care, such as mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and journaling.
If you’re struggling to manage your sensitivities, professional counseling and coaching can be beneficial. A counselor or coach can help you to identify triggers, develop coping strategies, and build resilience.
No matter which type of highly sensitive person you are, it’s important to learn how to manage your sensitivity and take steps to protect yourself from overwhelming stimuli. By understanding the different subtypes of HSPs, you can better understand your own sensitivities and develop strategies to help you manage them. With the right tools and support, you can learn to embrace your sensitivity and use it to your advantage.
At Riverbend Life Strategies, we understand that having sensitive personality types can be a challenge. That’s why we are dedicated to helping people to better manage their emotions and reactions and to learn more effective coping strategies. Whether you are an introvert HSP or an extrovert HSP, we can provide you with the support and resources you need to better understand your sensitivity. Let us help you on your journey to greater emotional well-being. Contact us today to get started!