The Gift of Being Highly Sensitive

The Gift of Being Highly Sensitive

The Highly Sensitivity Trait can feel like a curse or a brilliant gift depending on how we perceive it and manage our lives. 
Today I want to share with you how Highly Sensitive People (HSP) positively contribute to humanity and our world.
My hope is that if you have been believing  that the HS trait weakens you in any way, this post will inspire you to change your thinking and beliefs about yourself and your possibilities. 

In a 1996 study on Highly Sensitive People it was determined that 15%-20% of the population was highly sensitive. (Read more about it here.) That is 50 million+ people in the United States alone. I believe (my knowing without knowing how I know what I know!) there are a lot more than that today. I feel that a lot of the child born in the 1980s on are highly sensitives here to wake up the unconscious people to what is not working and help heal humanity and the planet.

Here are a few inspiring & creative HSPs: Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Charles Darwin,  Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Princess Diana. Sir Isaac Newton, Thomas Alva Edison and  Jane Goodall, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keefe, Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ansel Adams, Orson Welles,  Sir. Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas  Michael Moore, Walt Disney. Elton John,  Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Elton John, Alanis Morissette, Neil Young, Jim Morrison, Céline Dion, Dolly Parton and Barbra Streisand.   

Highly Sensitive Characteristics 

  1. A highly creative mind, inner world, that can imagine “possibilities” more than a non HSP
  2. A natural problem solver for humanities challenges because of our sensitives to them
  3. Impressive creativity & insight
  4. Deep passion 
  5. Deeply caring
  6. Skillful at spotting errors and avoid making errors
  7. Highly conscientious
  8. Able to concentrate deeply
  9. Especially good at tasks requiring vigilance, accuracy, speed and the detection of minor differences 
  10. Able to process material to deeper levels of what psychologists call “semantic memory” 
  11. Often thinking about our own thinking
  12. Able to learn without being aware we have learned
  13. Feels other people’s moods and emotions
  14. Physically, excellent fine motor movements
  15. Physically, sensitivities to stimulants, things in the air and chemicals
  16. Physically, more “right-brained”
  17. Reflects more on everything
  18. Sorts things into finer distinctions
  19. Intuitive, inner knowing for better decision making…
  20. Greater awareness of the subtleties in the environment involving sight, sound, smell, feeling…

Our ability to think and feel more deeply enables Highly Sensitives to be keen visionaries, advisors, spiritual and moral leaders, highly intuitive artists, inventors , writers, historians , philosophers, judges, researchers, theologians, therapist, coaches, teachers…

To have influence and make a difference in the world we must feel good about ourselves.

Take a long look at the above list and find your HS gifts and talents in that list.
Ask yourself where have these qualities made a difference in your life and the life of others?

Increasing our awareness of our positive HS skills and gifts will allow us to start letting go of the old negative thinking that is sabotaging our advancement and value today.

An example would be to own these gifts:

“I am  intuitive and I have an inner ‘knowing’ that allows me to make better decisions for myself, my family, business and my team. I can feel into a situation, event or person and get a ‘knowing’ that others don’t have.”

Then you can LET GO of your childhood thinking and belief that “there is something wrong with me because I am so sensitive .”

Be inspiring and a game changer by sharing your gifts with the world.


  1. How do you know that the people you listed are all actually HSPs? What study or research supports that conclusion or claim?

    • Dear Rahul, there is a lot of research on HSP out today and the research is growing as HSP has received more attention. You can check to read up on some of the research by Elaine Aron. All the best, Marilyn


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