Being a Highly Sensitive Person is a Thing

So…apparently being a highly sensitive person is a Thing. FINALLY! Someone gets it! I went to The Highly Sensitive Person website ( at the urging of my therapist, who seems to think that this is me. You know what? I took the quiz, which is written by Elaine N. Aron, PhD., and Every. Single. Question. Was. ME. Holy cow… Someone finally paid attention to those of us who fit neither the introvert nor the extrovert mold. Someone who understands why I can’t watch horror movies or read Franz Kafka or The Exorcist or even Stephen King…why I wept when Gregory Peck died and when David Bowie died…I feel VALIDATED for the first time in my life. Now I need to figure out how to balance the need I have to be alone with the need to be around other people. It also explains why, when I was a kid, I hated meeting people. I always hid behind my mom or a corner or door or something…I just figured for most of my life that I was an extroverted introvert. Not so…not so. What a cool discovery!

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