The Special Value Of The Outsider

The Value Of The Outsider
Source: Morguefiles

Outsiders have been shunned by many societies for a long time. They have a special value for their cultures that is often unrecognized and overlooked.

Outsiders are the guardians of authenticity.

Outsiders And Authenticity

Outsiders live on the edge in a way which provides them with a particular vantage point on life. They tend to have one foot in the conventional world and one foot outside of it. They stay in the world in order to earn a living but are usually not part of the striving energy of the culture. They are usually interesting people.

Outsiders live at the intersection of form and space but their hearts are in space; the place where all creativity and authenticity are possible. There is a reason for this.

Much of human life is sculpted by the social and economic structures that have been created by prior generations and they serve us in many ways. As much as they provide us with support to make life work, they are usually rigid. So they have the downside of being inflexible and not responsive to the needs of an ever changing world.

Inevitably they become burdensome and restrictive. When social structures are unrelentingly inflexible, they invite rebellion and sometimes revolution.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Outsiders have the ability to be the eyes for much needed adaptability and flexibility for existing social structures.

What The Outsider Sees

The outsider notices the disconnects, the holes, the places where existing social and economic structure does not meet the present. In essence it notices when culture is out of step with reality or the truth. Another way of looking at it is that societal structures tend not to have their feet on the ground much the way the head of a corporation does not have the experience of the people in the field or the factory. They tend to be too removed often intentionally so.

Outsiders are interested in discovering what is true as part of their path. It is not a rigid ideological idea of truth. You know – TRUTH.

When outsiders seek the truth they are interested in what is real. What is real is never fixed which is the opposite of the fixed cultural structures that we live with. What is real is ever changing, as is the breath and what we breathe in and out. Each moment is a specific place with its own conditions, constraints and requirements. Societal structures do not deal well with them and as a result often fail. Outsiders are often curious about what is happening and why from their unique vantage point. This makes them great detectives as well as observers. They then can provide the rest of the world with their observations to the benefit of all. They have the potential to help fixed structures be more flexible and responsive to ever changing conditions.

HSPs As Valuable Outsiders

Highly sensitive people usually think of themselves as outsiders. They also, by virtue of their natures, have a lot of insight about what is going on around them. They have the ability because of their nuanced perceptions to notice the disconnects, gaps and other ways in which existing structures fail to meet reality in an appropriate way.

Nuance is the home of highly sensitive people. You can only notice it if you are open to it. By virtue of their open nervous systems, highly sensitive people have a special window on the every changing nature or reality. They have the potential to offer this precious knowledge to the world.

It’s just a matter of connecting the worlds of HSPs and non-HSPs, outsider and insiders.


  1. says


    I love some of the words you chose to use in describing hsp’s unique perspective of life. I often describe us as dot connectors, solution generators, truth & authenticity warriors….Love that you also see our abilities as strengths in problem solving, detecting, and sensing nuances, disconnects, & gaps. I think your explanation at the beginning of hsp’s being able to detect the flaws in social and economic systems is great and much more descriptive than my usual “we are rule followers, unless the rules don’t make sense.” I also love this: Outsiders live at the intersection of form and space but their hearts are in space; the place where all creativity and authenticity are possible. Keep up the great work. It is helpful to me and everyone I share it with.

    • says

      Thanks, Terri for stopping by and letting me know your thoughts. I am glad that the article helps and appreciate the sharing. I think we HSPs are the unacknowledged treasures of the world and it is time to change that!

      All the best,

    • jen smith says

      I agree, I have just discovered your site today and reading this article was struck by the beautiful way you break down and describe complex ideas. thank you!

  2. Sandy says

    hi Maria:

    Thank you for acknowledging and describing the world and the role that HSP create and/or a part of. It is important, too, that are abilities are seen by ourselves and others as amazing gifts. And a continued discussion of our roles in healing the world.

    I love your beautifully written lines as well


    • says

      Hi Sandy,

      Thanks for stopping by. I am glad that more and more highly sensitive people are recognizing our value. We have qualitative gifts that bring tangible benefits to the world and we need to embrace them. When we see them we realize that we are a blessing to the world. I am glad you are enjoying the blog.

      Happy New Year,

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