Why We Need Highly Sensitive People Now

Why We Need Highly Sensitive People Now - HSP Health Blog

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Why do we need highly sensitive people now?

Are we seeing a renewed interest and dare I say respect for the sensitives of the world?

Conditions Are Everything

Conditions are everything. We are culturally bound which means that it is easy to lose sight of how other conditions may be changing.

Right now we are seeing a perfect example of a disconnect between human cultural systems and world conditions. Human cultural systems are digging in their heels in order to maintain the status quo, while the reality of deteriorating global conditions continues its significant harm to the environment, humans and other living creatures on the planet.

So perhaps  the concept of “mind over matter” – or left-brained linear thinking – has its limits although we do not seem willing to concede the point.

So many cultures have come and gone because they disrespected the underlying conditions that supported them. Jared Diamond has written about this topic in his book, Collapse. Too often cultures become inflexible putting themselves at risk. HSP’s can help with that.

Highly Sensitive People Notice Conditions

Highly sensitive people are masters of nuance. They sense everything and notice when something is not working. Their nervous systems pick up all sensory information around them. HSP’s nervous systems are somewhat like a lightening rod or an advance warning system. The highly sensitive person can tell when something is wrong when others do not see it.

Highly sensitive people pick up all sorts of signals from their environment:

  • sound
  • visual
  • tactile
  • psychic
  • energetic

if there is a signal or sensory information of some sort, HSP’s receive it.

What The Highly Sensitive Person Does With What They Notice

Highly sensitive people can become overwhelmed by the information they take in from our overstimulated and highly complex culture. And for many it is a huge burden. However it can also be a blessing because it provides HSP’s with some important skills:

  1. highly sensitive people process information deeply so their view is often complex and inclusive.
  2. HSP’s notice shifts and so they notice factors like: the strength and resilience of an issue, the relationship between forces, the interdependencies and where they are working and where they are dysfunctional.
  3. a highly sensitive person will process information contextually and will therefore likely have a holistic and integral approach to understanding the issues in any situation.
  4. because highly sensitive people take in so much information, they tap into many factors and considerations that others may overlook in sizing up situations and problems.

Why Highly Sensitive People Are So Valuable

Because of their holistic, complex and complete information processing skills, highly sensitive people are able to notice the changes in underlying conditions in a situation. They do not get locked into a system as the status quo. In fact, they will likely see any human system as having a lifecycle as everything else does.

HSP’s can discern both short term and long term challenges and fashion an approach to problem solving that integrates both.

HSP sensitivity is especially valuable in dealing with complex structures and systems because they have the ability to determine where the weaknesses are, and what the causes are including where changes in underlying conditions are creating problems.

Highly sensitive people are extremely valuable people at any time. Right now as we are having serious challenges to current human structures they are even more valuable because they can help us problem solve from a smarter place.

Changing times call for smart choices. HSP’s can help us do that.

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  1. says

    Hi Maria

    As a HSP i found your post both factual, enlightening and somewhat disconcerting. If others are to develop their abilities to become more aware then surely they need to disassociate themselves from the pain and set clear boundaries so as not to become overwhelmed? My main problem growing up was crying. I would cry at the slightest pain I noticed in anyone or anything. Now older and wiser I have a lot of discernment about who to help and for what reason I can help them. My emotions had to develop to stay strong in times of weakness around me. I think developing others to a level of awareness that they do not have to save anyone even though they are blessed with HSP allows people like me to feel free to be ourselves without fear of not doing our jobs, or earth roles properly.

    • Maria says

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks for stopping by. I always like to hear from a reader, and you make a good point about pain.

      I personally have always had a terrible time with pain from being sensitive and also having grown up in a very harsh environment. However, I learned something along the way; I learned to take in sensory information and be with it without letting it take over. I call it deep listening, and am thinking I should write a post about it.

      I think you are right that you have to develop discernment in order to be an effective HSP and I suspect we all have our strategies to do that. I did not want to imply that any HSP should allow themselves to be at the mercy of all the negativity in the world. One of the benefits of using our HSP gift to me is that it enables us over time to develop the ability to see where we can make a difference in a real way not a superficial way.

      We have a lot of poor problem solving in the world. We HSP’s can make a real difference by offering creative, but grounded problem solving in a very disconnected and ungrounded world.

      I hope I have answered your concern.

      All the best,

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