“If you suffer from HSP…”
I saw this in a tweet the other day.
It made me wince.
HSP is not something you suffer from.
That’s like saying you “suffer” from being left-handed.
It’s not something that needs to be cured or fixed. It’s not something to be pitied.
The other day, a friend said she saw my blog for the first time and didn’t know I was “hyper sensitive”. It was a simple mistake, but I felt uncomfortable correcting her.
HSPs are just a different way to be…like being introverted.
My college-age cousin stayed with my husband and I for a few weeks. She often stayed home on Friday nights and studied a lot. My extrovert husband talked about it sadly, as if there was something wrong with her. “What is she doing home on a Friday night?”
I replied, ”Why do you say that like it’s a bad thing?” I thought it was completely normal that she was home.
How odd is it that “going out” is the expectation? In my mind, staying home on a Friday night sounds great. Even when I was a college kid, I felt similarly.
Introversion has been a highly publicized topic in the past few years and people are learning more about it.
So, let’s spread knowledge about high sensitivity, too.
There’s nothing wrong with being highly sensitive or introverted. There are a lot of us out there. And we understand.