Are all IM电竞中国官网 Highly Sensitive People?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on January 02, 2017

Quiet but passionate, wise but childlike, creative but caring, these gentle, intuitive people are highly complex and often misunderstood individuals. But are we describing IM电竞中国官网 or HSPs? Or are they the same thing? Many of the characteristics of Myers and Briggs ' INFJ personality type can also describe a highly sensitive person (HSP). Whether you are an INFJ , an HSP or both, it’s important to understand who you are and what you need to be happy.

What is an INFJ?

If you've taken a personality test , you may already know that IM电竞中国官网 are the Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling and Judging personality type . They are gentle, caring and creative people who are highly attuned and sensitive to people’s feelings. Their deep sense of intuition and insight means they are able to understand people and situations instinctively. While they are often found in caring roles, and helping people whenever they can, they dislike conflict and violence and will go out of their way to avoid it. Conflict and stress takes a toll on IM电竞中国官网 , and they can experience health problems as a result.

IM电竞中国官网 aren’t interested in group activities, small talk or superficial relationships. They want and need deep and meaningful connections with a select few people with whom they can talk about ideas and relate to on an emotional and even spiritual level. Despite their caring nature and natural empathy, the INFJ’s focus is internal, and they are driven by the world of ideas, meanings and possibilities, as well as a lifelong search for personal growth, identity and authenticity.

What Is an HSP?

Psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron coined the term Highly Sensitive Person in 1991 when she discovered that many people, like herself, had a more sensitive nervous system. And the condition is more common than you might think – approximately 20% of the population are highly sensitive. Researchers have identified high sensitivity in many animal species as well, including dogs, cats and horses.

HSPs are often mislabelled and misunderstood as introverted, shy, insecure, fearful, and socially anxious, but high sensitivity is none of these. It’s an innate trait that some individuals are born with, like blue eyes or brown hair. Aron’s research shows that an HSP’s brain actually works differently than other brains, making the person more aware of subtleties and giving them the ability to process information more deeply. Consequently, HSPs can easily feel overstimulated and overwhelmed by sights, sounds, smells, crowds, bright lights and even the emotions of people around them. They feel stressed when they have too much to do at once and cannot bear violence or injustice. They usually have a deep appreciation for art, music, animals and nature.

HSPs are also vulnerable to developing low self-esteem and can experience anxiety, depression and shyness because of the lack of acceptance of their trait. Western culture tends to value outgoing, extraverted personalities and the sensitive, thoughtful HSP can easily feel criticised, unappreciated and unaccepted.

Unlocking the Four-Letter Code

Let’s take a look at the four dimensions of an INFJ and see how they compare to HSPs:

I – Introversion. Introversion and extraversion are not about how outgoing or talkative you are, but how you get your energy. Introverts get energy and recharge by spending quiet time alone, often reading, taking nature walks, listening to music or engaging in creative activities. Extraverts are energised by socialising and participating in stimulating activities. Both IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs have a lot of internal energy, so they don’t need as much stimulation from the external world. They both tend to live in a world of thoughts and ideas, and too much stimulation from their environment can be stressful. According to Aron, most HSPs are Introverts, however, approximately 30% of HSPs are Extraverts, so they would be more like ENFJs.

N – Intuition. The second letter can be either an S for Sensing or an N for Intuitive. This dimension describes how you take in information. Sensing types focus on facts and concrete details in the outside world, while Intuitive types, like IM电竞中国官网 , learn by thinking about ideas, feelings and trusting their intuition. HSPs are also very intuitive people, preferring to navigate life with the help of their own instincts, thoughts and feelings. They tend to avoid experiences that stimulate the senses, like nightclubs, shopping malls and parties because they are overwhelming. Psychologist David Keirsey suggested the symbol of the dolphin to describe IM电竞中国官网 . Dolphins use a sonar system to communicate and navigate through the world. Like dolphins, IM电竞中国官网 use their strong sense of intuition. Similarly, HSPs’ sensitivity is like a sonar system, allowing them to be aware of and understand subtleties in their environment.

F – Feeling. The third letter is not about whether you Think, as a T, or Feel, as an F. It reveals how you make decisions. Thinking types use logic and objective analysis while feeling types base their choices on personal values and consideration for people. Feeling types can be just as logical and intelligent as thinkers, but they place a higher value on compassion than rules. This focus on people and values describes a key decision-making process for both IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs.

J – Judging. The fourth letter can be either P, Perceiving or J, Judging, and deals with how we run our lives. Perceiving types are flexible, open to change and can have a hard time finishing what they start. Judging means you prefer to stick to a plan, a schedule and a structure, allowing this type to be more organised and get things done. For this aspect of the personality, IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs may differ. Highly sensitive people can be organised, methodical and seek closure, but they can also be less structured and more interested in starting a project than finishing it. In this respect, they can be more like an INFP. But there’s a key difference. IM电竞中国官网 , more than INFPs, are known for being determined and passionate about their work and pursuing their goals with the intensity of their convictions – qualities that are also key characteristics of the creative, sensitive HSP.

Coping in the World

So what does this mean for the INFJ and HSP? The combination of the four INFJ traits translates into a person who is focused on ideas and possibilities, and often struggles with the mundane tasks, details and practicalities of life. Like HSPs, IM电竞中国官网 have specific needs, challenges and coping methods, some of which are addressed below.

1. Peace and quiet

Both IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs need a lot of quiet time to recharge their energy. They both find outside stimuli such as noise, activity, lights and people not only distracting, but stressful and at times exhausting. This is because the INFJ’s strength is internal and they are highly sensitive to the outside world. Of course, only negative stimulation overwhelms them. Both IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs thrive when exposed to gentle stimuli like beautiful music, art, a calm atmosphere, a walk in nature and the time to think.

2. Compassion and empathy

Despite feeling overwhelmed by noise, crowds, people and their demands, both IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs feel a deep-rooted desire to help others, not to look good, but because they want to make the world a better place. They don’t want to rescue people as much as inspire and motivate them to help themselves. This personality type can not only understand other people intuitively, but they can often feel their emotions as well. The strong feeling function in IM电竞中国官网 creates a gift for empathy and compassion, a trait shared by HSPs. Unfortunately, they are also vulnerable to becoming people pleasers and victimised by selfish and demanding individuals who take advantage of their caring nature.

3. Authentic relationships

IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs are intelligent, insightful and thoughtful individuals who value deep, meaningful, and genuine connections with people. IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They have little time for superficial relationships or small talk, and often see through sales tactics, deception and facades. They love in-depth, mentally stimulating conversations and one-on-one discussions. But that doesn’t mean HSPs and IM电竞中国官网 are missing all the fun. Research suggests that when it comes to happiness and well-being, quality conversations matter more than quantity.

4. A meaningful career

Unlike most people, IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs need more than a steady job and a paycheck. They need a career with a purpose. Despite their quiet, gentle, and sensitive natures, IM电竞中国官网 /HSPs are passionate about their values and beliefs. They are not motivated by money, fame or personal glory, but by making a difference and standing up for those in need. Consequently, many IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs seek careers in the healing professions such as healthcare or counselling. Their sensitive, creative natures also provide them with a talent for language, writing, speaking and communicating and they may seek careers in teaching, publishing or the arts.

5. Creativity

The sensitivity, empathy, insight and heightened sense of awareness of IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs mean they are naturally creative people. A study at Northwestern University shows a clear link between a person’s inability to filter out external stimulation and their creativity — and we know that IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs are sensitive to their environments. Creativity helps the INFJ/HSP express their emotions, solve problems, and release the pent-up energy they’ve absorbed from their external world. In his book, The Neuroscience of Personality , Professor Dario Nardi explains that IM电竞中国官网 need time away from external stimulation to get into the relaxed mental state where they can create connections and engage in the introspective process in which they excel. When IM电竞中国官网 are free to express themselves and explore the possibilities they see so vividly in their imaginations, they flourish. 

Ultimately, we cannot say for certain whether all IM电竞中国官网 are HSPs, but it seems they probably are. Most HSPs are either IM电竞中国官网 or INFPs — the ones that don't tend to be ENFJs or IM电竞中国官网 . Whether you’re one or both, it’s important to know what stresses you, what overstimulates you and what makes you feel calm, relaxed and happy. With their caring, compassionate nature, deep desire to help and tendency to feel overwhelmed, it’s essential that IM电竞中国官网 and HSPs take care of themselves first.

Deborah Ward

Deborah Ward is a writer and an INFJ. She has a passion for writing articles, blog posts and books that inspire, motivate and encourage people to build self-confidence and live up to their potential. She has written two books on mindfulness, Overcoming Low Self-Esteem with Mindfulness and Overcoming Fear with Mindfulness . Her latest book, Sense and Sensitivity , is based on her Psychology Today blog of the same name. It's about highly sensitive people and is out now. Deborah lives in Hampshire, England, where she enjoys watching documentaries, running and taking long walks in the country, especially ones that finish at a cosy pub.

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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.


LisaB (not verified) says...

hi there--infj & hsp here. the article seems spot-onto me. i have to psyche myself up to go to the mall & then recover afterwards. my best coping strategy is taking a walk with my dogs or even just sitting in nature. i've decided that that's because nature has no agenda, no underlying emotions that i will absorb like a sponge, as people have. (of course my dogs do have an unending agenda of getting food, but that doesn't upset me.) i have created a quiet life for myself of homemaking, reading & some volunteer work for a cause i believe in passionately. i'm a cliche!!

SusanL (not verified) says...

Sounds like a good balance. Please teach me! 

Laura Vanhook (not verified) says...

Infj w/hsp
Thank you, this was explained quite well!

Guest (not verified) says...

AMAZING ARTICLE!! Truity, you're simply the BEST! So spot on and insightful.

Kathy Rawls (not verified) says...

Did I just read my diary ?
I am an older woman who has outlived two husbands both of whom were extroverted; however, the similarities ended there. The reason I mention this is that both men were very gregarious, and I could hide behind one and lean on the other in social situations.
Now again, I am alone with my friend Time.
Again....since my memories of childhood and early adulthood are as the loner, the lonely one, too fearful to aspire, too unexceptional to try, always wanting to fit in, yet unable to do it. Then the Myers- Briggs analysis identified me as INFJ and so what the faking continued. In the 1970's I was still on the outside looking in and not until books and blogs began discussing me have I felt somewhat accepted. Thank you for your knowledge, understanding and support. Thank you to all who get it. Xk

aneta (not verified) says...

Hi, thank you for sharing. Your story sounds famiiair to me. Would you like to share what books and blogs helped you be yourself. Thnk you in advance!

TEW (not verified) says...


First of all, I'm sorry to hear about the losses of your husbands.

IM电竞中国官网 tend to me drawn to those who are outgoing.   I know that I am.   I guess that there's some truth that opposites attract; and they can make up for the weakness.   I am drawn to those who are the opposite of me - outgoing and cheerful, unlike me.   It's nice being with them, but however, conflicts happen more.   The "other side" don't understand you and don't get it  I had a good friend one time who was just like me.   It took a little while for us to connect.   He turned out to be the very best friend I ever had.   It was because we very much understood each other.  Unfortunately I split up with him because he had changed.

HSP INFJ (not verified) says...

I'm afraid that extroverts annoy me. I married two, and our  needs were not the same. I used artificial  substances to match their level.


Now I'm married to an INFP (I'm an HSP INJ), and it's perfect. We rarely see anyone else, except for work or medical reasons; we understand each other well, but allow each other space (although we taught together for five years, and that was wonderful. When people said "I could never be with my husband all day, "I'd think "Who ELSE would you want to be with?) 

And although the J and P occasionally clash, usually it works well, as I do not feel under the easy-going P's control, and he usually (*not always) does not mind letting the J keep things running. I've learned to let more things go than I used to -- part of that is just getting older -- and he is more about getting things done (it helps that I am now retired, and he is still working.)

I always see pieces recommending INFJ's partner up with their opposites, and I think, "No way." Esp not an HSP INFJ.

INFJ BUDDY (not verified) says...

Excellent description of my INFJ personality....I feel like taking a print out of this page and framing it to paste on my wall so that people would understand me better as I am often misunderstood!!!

ExhaustedINFJ (not verified) says...

On several occasions, I have tested as an INFJ and a HSP. I feel like an alien on this planet. Is there any country that an INFJ can live and not feel so foreign? I am almost always underpaid, even though I am frequently told that I am their best employee, because I can't stand negotiating. Just be fair and pay me what I am worth in the first place. I live in the USA and feel that it is VERY dog eat dog. We might not admit to having class systems, but it certainly seems that we do. The wealthy seem to rule the country, the schools, and society. Are there any countries that offer freedom, work/life balance, and equality for all citizens? Where can an INFJ feel at home?

Deborah Ward says...

I know the feeling. I used to live in Canada and I found that the focus on commercialism and cars wasn't for me. I now live in England where I can enjoy lots of quiet country walks. I have read that countries like Japan and Norway are more appreciative of quieter, more sensitive types of people, but I think the important thing is to take the time you need to rejuvenate and relax and to find a career where you can use your skills and strengths.

INFJ and HSP (not verified) says...

If you are American seeking a country where you won't feel like an alien, Japan would not work. I lived in South Korea as an English teacher, and I can tell you those cultures are particularly rooted in exclusivity that does not and will never include "foreigners" (you being the foreigner). On the other hand, there may be very good reason they guard their culture so jealously. For our personality type, well for any, it is just a lil slice of heaven, period. Can't really go into why here, but did find that the overall culture suited my personality.

However, you are so close to success where you are! First of all it's huge that you have identified your oppressor. The worst is when an invisible culture that you cannot name labels you as "different" and you are left to internalize your shame in isolation, as another commenter spent most of her life doing, sadly.

Especially as introverted intuitives, we feel subjected to our environment, and life seems to conspire to snatch away our sense of agency, leaving us feeling victimized rather than empowered. As you have noticed, our culture is designed around capitalism and the material resources and rewards go to those who thrive on competition rather than cooperation. Our victory will be when we forgive the ones in our pasts who in their ignorance judged and labeled us, injuring our sense of self during our formative years, and then continue to reaffirm the valuable treasures to be found in our personality type. The answer is not to escape to a more accepting place but to be refined by the fire of current circumstances without waivering in who we are. We should continually love and value ourselves until those around us learn to do the same. Again, they are simply ignorant and parroting out-dated notions of shyness, etc. 

I love Susan Cain's work, because she does exactly what I describe, questioning the value of solely extroversion in the workplace, introducing research showing how and when introverts are better leaders  and working to install learning systems in our schools that favor introverts.

So I would say stay, don't imagine the solution is segregation. Stay and advocate for you. Recharge at home and among like-minded people, but I guess light your candle instead of running from the darkness, as they say. You've got the most powerful candles around, the rest of the INFJ community, backing you up.

Rational hsp (not verified) says...

Come to the netherlands. They are authentiek, straight forward and fair here


Guest (not verified) says...

Come to Japan or other Asian countries. IM电竞中国官网 are one of the most common MBTI here. ☺️ Or you can check the country stats at and look for the countries with most IM电竞中国官网 to feel a bit more comfortable. 

Temi (not verified) says...

Feeling at home has to do more with your internal self than your external environment. There will always be people who reject you and make you fell foreign, unaccepted or unvalued. You just have to not let you environment influnce who you are at the core. At the core of who you are already, the gift you have to be more empathetic, and caring, this are gifts that God gives you for a reason. 

PEFarrell (not verified) says...

I am virgo INFJ 37 years. I have learned to live alone in a quiet apartment. I can be out and work all day, but I have to have the quiet organized space to recharge and collect myself. I have a 7 foot folding table setup to work on creative projects at home. I constantly rearrange my apartment to maximize its creative space. I rebuild my computer to keep it running fast. I need the computer for its music, games, communication, and journaling. I've learned to adjust the mood in the space with the lighting and music. I do work out my stress at home, and I have a gym membership where I can work out physical stress. At home I cook, paint, dance, a lot of cleaning, build plastic models like airplanes. One thing that made me happy was to work on a creative art project like a card or note that wished someone well while I am at home, and then bring it to them later when I am out.

I liked the INFJ article Are INFJ's highly sensitive people. I feel everything empathically and have learned its not me when I am tuning into other's feelings. After too long socially, in a store, or on the road my heart and brain fatigues. I do take anti-psychotic medication because I have been overwhelmed so many times that I was diagnosed with an mental illness. A low dose of medication is the healthiest way I have found to help cope with the sensitivity. As long as I take time to relax and take care of myself at the apartment I can get along fine.

Callie (not verified) says...

Hey PEFarrell,

I just found out that I am a INFJ, but I am a cancer.

I grew up HSP, and really related to all the things you said that you have in common with this article. I really enjoy my alone time to reamp my inspiration, and love to reorgnanize my place, keep my area at work and home clean, so I am not overwhelmed. I have also been diagnosed with mental illness, Major Depression. I take a low dose as well to keep myself stable, so my emotions are controlable, and it really works. 

Although I like my personal time. I enjoy having personal relationships with people who are willing.


Thanks for your share


Deborah Ward says...

Thank you to everyone who has responded to this article so far. I'm really glad it connected with you and made you feel understood, which is always a challenge for IM电竞中国官网 and HSPS! I really believe that the more you understand yourself and what you need to feel relaxed, the happier you will be. My best wishes, Deborah

Lindsey M (not verified) says...

Excellent article! When I tested on the Myers Briggs almost a decade ago, I came out as an INTJ, so I continued to assume that was my "type"; I really did not think my "F" was as strong as my "T". However, having read more about the INFJ just recently, I feel like someone has been spying on me and reading all my journals. THIS is probably more me than the INTJ!
I often feel like I don't fit in (especially in workplace environments), and that I belong in another galaxy. I do have a nervous system that is particularly sensitive to stress and external stimuli which is why I have experienced prolonged health problems and burnout in the past. I have since learned to "tune in" and take care of myself first and foremost before I can give to others like I want to. I have a very strong sense of what people are about, below the surface, have a strong acuity for counselling/encouraging others, not to mention that others tend to naturally divulge their personal problems to me no matter how well I do or do not know them. My intuition is generally spot on in many situations and I can discern BS from about 5 miles away. Misunderstood?? Let me count the ways.........
Thank you for sharing your insight here; it just may help so many others to walk forward with a deep breath of relief, to realize they are indeed UNDERSTOOD by someone, they are not "weird", and they have valuable and rare (but no less desperately NEEDED) gifts to offer a world that hungers for their insight and awareness. THANK YOU.

B. (not verified) says...

I would like to thank for the article as well as for all the comments, with which I connect entirely.

It makes me sad how hard life can be for IM电竞中国官网 , but for me finding out that my personality type is the least common and that I experience life differently made me understand better why I so often get very low and why I've never felt like I fit in, although I've always tried really hard to do so. I had a relationship in which I was not happy for quite some time, but I just didn't want to connect my depressions with being misunderstood by my partner (and my parents, AND most of my friends at that time), so I would intentionally overlook everything negative and force myself to see the good in the relationship. Typically, I would blame myself for everything and hate myself for being so different and misunderstood. Eventually, I could not bare the self-sacrificing anymore, as I suddenly realised I'll either lose my partner OR myself, which was a waking call for a break-up with my ex-partner (after almost 4 years). Being alone is hard, but honestly, I feel just as alone as I felt in the relationship most of the time (especially the last year). Now I'm trying to reconnect with myself and get to know myself as much as I can, and, for God's sake, finally trying to stop faking my way to "normality". I'm trying to let myself cry when I need to, not trying to stay strong all the time, fearing that my vulnerability will make others love me less (although I hate crying in front of others, so I always connect with my emotions only all by myself; a huge help is yoga, meditation, reorganizing my room, playing piano, reading books and writing - I've kept a journal since I was 5).

So that's how I'm coping with my sensitivity. But if there's one thing I really want to say here, it is this: Learn to MAKE YOURSELF A PRIORITY . For some personality types a little bit of selfishness is absolutely natural; not for an INFJ. Fail at listening to yourself and try faking being someone else and it's a straight road to depression, disconnection and misery. But the world needs us strong, calm and active. Because who else would wake up every morning determined to make the world a better place?

P (not verified) says...

I think you’re my twin!! I stayed in a relationship with a narcissist for 16yrs, before leaving. My childhood was sort of lonely. I was called a “donut” because I didn’t have many friends, I wasn’t popular, I was (and still is) always the quiet one. I hated my childhood. Oftentimes, I STILL feel out of place, as an adult. I’ve accepted it and I can see that majority of the people, in my life, have accepted it, as well. 

tcc (not verified) says...

chanced upon this article recently and being infj, i also read comments. i totally relate this too. was in two relationships and though it was tough to let go, it was the better way. i do the same activities to keep myself reconnect too! now i feel less guilty of  putting my needs first (have too much to do everything else but so little time). Its such an encouragement, thank u!

vanessaher (not verified) says...

i am infj ( according to several tests i took, mostly infj outcome and without knowing what infj is beforehand ) and i think i am definitely hsp. so much that i think it majorly contributed to me getting diabetes 1, a few years ago. i was in so much stress that i slowed my body down, i was caught in my body, like psychologically paralysed ( which i think is an infj thing   ? ), i lost muscle mass and became ill without knowing ( diabetes 1 is where when you have no insulin you can eat 10 hamburgers and get skinny ). so my hsp definitely majorly contributed to me becoming ill  ( and i am now building muscle mass and producing insulin, diabetes 1 isn´t healable, so i think i was partly misdiagnosed ), hsp has had a big impact on me, thinking back, the sensitivity sometimes to light and air and sounds and textures, feeling like i could pass out at school, wanting to curl up and be in the dark for 8 hours ( or more ) just to soothe the sense, what an incredible stressfactor. i am glad i stumbled upon the description a few years ago, it explained so much, and i could start acting more aware and doing things that would soothe me. physically soothing things, that soothe the psyche. i now take even more in through the body since i was ( mis ) diagnosed, my boundaries aren´t as strong as they were, i have to re-build the protection, i am a bundle of nerves oftentimes but also strangely strong ( the paradox of an infj, i suppose ), i have little energy but feel that energy wants to burst through, i just have to slowly and calmly nurture it, i am making progress   *  she says with a dizzy head because my bloodsugar is going down *. i find being an infj hard, it is beautiful when things flow and make sense, and one feels things positively flow through one and one flows through time or timelessness, then the harsh realities of everyday life, trying to juggle those things.


and regarding conflict, even if i don´t like it, i create it when i see injustice and want to make people question themselves, bringing facts to the table in a blunt fashion. i have read this is something infj´s do.


but i have to be careful not to go too much into that energy, especially after all the problems that arose after extreme stress. i need a lot of soothing things, i feel things instantly in my body, people´s emotions, behaviours, it is stressful to be such a sponge. dis ease smacking me in the mouth telling me i have to look after myself     better,      even better.   become more selfish.   eventhough i really don´t like that. but i suppose it is a selfishness that is important in a health context.

and,  ooh,   hampshire.    my half brother grew up there.    i always seem to think these websites are by americans.



vanessaher (not verified) says...

my post sounds muddled up. still dealing with healing, healing myself, and a lot has to do with expending energy, to create insulin, and i have no energy, so am a bit frazzled and not that clear.


i found things that calm my senses ( like i have an electric fan that feels like by the sea, and it makes me feel like i´m getting sea air oxygen ), but through the (misdiagnosed) diabetes 1 ( i think i have/had something like age diabetes because through shock i didn´t move and thus became ill and the symptoms showed diabetes 1 symptoms, losing weight fast etc ) my already sensitive protective walls were torn down, but the things that helped my hsp still help me, just that i am even more sensitive.


i thought that sounded a bit muddled up in my other post.

Lee B (not verified) says...

I'm confused by this statement: "the ones that don't tend to be ENFJs or IM电竞中国官网 "

I am an IM电竞中国官网 and have tested very high always as HSP.  

So were you saying that the other types more likely (but not as mich as INFJ/Ps) are ENFJ/P? Or that they are least likely to be HSP?

Deborah Ward says...

Hi Lee. Thanks for your comment. Most HSPs are introverts, but there are some extravert HSPs ut there. According to HSP expert Elaine Aron, 30% of highly sensitive people are extraverts. So you can be an IM电竞中国官网 and HSP, but it's not as common as an INFJ or INFP HSP!

Hassan Mahmud (not verified) says...

If a highly sensitive person gets this article they will be very happy about it because this content is really impressive and has brilliantly described highly sensitive person needs. Everyone like the sensitive person because in all time they do any work with a good sense. 

R. (not verified) says...

I think I can finally get myself to talk about this, cause as it seems I might not be alone.

I always had problems to feel accepted by my classmates. Almost everyday I was being bullied by others, just because I didn't share the same interests with the mainstream and was more emotional (especially to become extremely mad about small things easily) than for a boy should be normal.

When I couldn't handle the pressure by the others anymore, I went to a psychologist and asked for help and what it could be whats wrong with me. He diagnozed me as an HSP, but at that time the entire HSP-topic was not (and is still not maybe) officially accepted (in germany). So he diagnozed me officially with "emotional disorders" instead.

There was no solution for me unfortunately, except to exit the situation when things start to overflow for me. My school never really payed attention to my diagnoze and of course the mobbing didn't stop neither way. Forcing me to repeat the 9th class, which finally was a better one, where I started to find good friends who had the same issues I was having. These "aggression attacks" happended less often and I finally started to feel comfortable in my surroundings a little.

But now my school years are long over now, unfortunately my aggression attacks never left. I never were violent nor destructive, its more like a thunder strike of anger which appears when I get into uncomfortable situations or when I'm in a hurry or when there's a uncomfortable situation I can't control.

It makes the heart feel like its made out of lead when you try to keep the anger's energy inside to avoid hurting others. Especially if someone is sad and feels lost, you feel like you hurt yourself somehow, charging up the negative energy by others just to load it onto yourself, just to explode later when something out of the sudden happens, that you can't control nor expect. Just out of interest I participated in a personality test, just by interest to know what my personality type would mean in the MBTI-System, which a good friend recommended me to take a look at.

Well I usually don't spend much believe in such tests, cause they tend to be very inaccurate unfortunately. But I was impressed how well my results fitted to me, of course I kept the "Barnum-Effect" in mind, where you could think something applies to you by 100%, making you ignore the real facts about yourself, ending in a misunderstood result in general.

Well i made the test 6 times already with a constant 1-day break in between to make sure my decisions are always as unique and honest as possible. With maybe a ~10% inaccuracy each time, my result stayed the exact same each time: INFJ-T. When I investigated what that "-T" means, it explained how I managed my thoughts, being perfectionistic and neurotic, also not being equipped with a good "time-feel" nor the ability to work well under time pressure. - Everything fitted perfectly, even making me cry a bit.

I wondered if there's a possible connection between the INFJ-types and the HSP-types and I think this article helped me very well to let me understand who I (maybe) am.


Thank you.

Claudius (not verified) says...

They even seem to be talking about me!
A long time ago, before the advent of the intarnet it was difficult to find articles on study dealing with the different types of personalities, easily available so, by hand,
both in posts, as this, as in the comments here, also and in several videos available on the internet.
It was terrible to try to make others, colleagues, friends or relatives understand that I was that way. Always in the corner, quiet, flying away, soft talk, Job's patience. Always thinking of a way to solve the situation. And it was hard to find someone like that.
But over time I learned that the fight was not against others, but against myself.
I had to go back there, take my hand, and rescue myself and recover. I was not "wrong".
Already a Chinese philosopher said:
"He who overcomes others is strong;
He that overcomes himself is indeed mighty! "

JRC Rundell (not verified) says...

I disagree with the statement that INFJ'S only get overwhelmed by negative stimuli or emotions. An INFJ can get overwhelmed by too much positive stimuli too. Either way it gets to be too much if we immerse ourselves around people for too long. I can be having the best time with family or a small group of friends and then suddenly become drained and need to detach from the situation. All emotional stimuli drains us

T (not verified) says...

I'm an INFJ (the J and P scores 50/50) HSS HSPs and it is exhausting! As a kid I loved tumbling and running around, but I simultaneously had severe anxiety. As an adult, I love going out, but I often go into an observatory mode. I enjoy being around people, but it's really a lot of effort to engage with them. I'm really fortunate that I have found people who appreciate these sensitive qualities in me. Not everyone understands or accepts it. I also think it's one of the reasons why I'm good at my job (it's in the arts...classic INFJ).

I've also dealt with a lot of trauma and I've had to work really hard to understand myself. When you're constantly receiving information and experiencing/processing other people's emotions and perspectives it can be really difficult to sort through your own first. I don't shut down anymore. I'm able to speak up for myself. I'm able to verbalize when I'm feeling hurt or overwhelmed. I consider those victories for me. If you've ever met or been an HSP with low self awareness, that makes all the struggles even harder.

I do feel like a freak sometimes. When it's really bad, I feel like I'm walking around with the reality volume turned up too loud. There's a reason they make superhero films. We have to have hope or the belief in the good in the world in order to survive living in it. I think we collectively know that, sensitive or not, but perhaps HSPs are more accutely aware. Sometimes the volume of the world is greater than my ability to hope. It is comforting to know there are other people who struggle with the level of their sensitivity. Maybe that we exist and that there's medical evidence that speaks to our abilities means there is reason to hope. The world needs people like us. It needs to grow in it's capacity to love and empathize. 

TEW (not verified) says...

I have scored highly on INFJ & HSP.   It's hard for me to comprehend that the vast majority of others are not highly sensitive.   I have depression & anxiety also.   Wow, I have a lot going for me, don't I?  

It does not take much for my feelings to get hurt.   At work I break out in a sweat when someone tells me that I did something wrong, no matter how trivial.   Whenever anyone tells me that I had done something wrong, I always think they will go to higher channels and then I would get "called to the carpet" or be let go.   Any kind of negative remark, no matter how small it is, can ruin my day.   For some strange reason I seem to remember more clearly a negative remark than a positive one.   When I get a compliment, I would find it hard to believe.

I try to be helpful.  I would be asked a favor from someone and then I would be irritated.   Perhaps it's because I've been taken advantage of in the past and I feel like those people who ask me are abled to help themseves.  

So many times I feel like my life is ruined because of being as I am.    

Mark S. Meritt (not verified) says...

Lots of good connections. Definitely seems like the majority of IM电竞中国官网 may very well be HSPs. Hard to know if it's all IM电竞中国官网 . I tested as INFJ for several years, though my I/E has balanced out and gone a little into E territory, and my J/P has balanced out and gone ever so slightly into P territory.

You say that most HSPs are either IM电竞中国官网 or INFPs. That cannot be true. IM电竞中国官网 make up 1.5% of all people, and INFPs make up 4.4% of all people, and we know that HSPs make up about 20% of all people. So even if all IM电竞中国官网 and INFPs were HSPs (which isn't necessarily true), that would be 5.9% compared to the 20% -- which would be 29.5% of all HSPs. Those two types might be the most common types for HSPs, but they don't combine to make "most HSPs." 70.5% of HSPs would be some type other than those two, and I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that all personality types are represented among HSPs (though I don't think they were necessarily referring specifically to the MBTI).

For all that HSPs have in common, HSPs are a pretty diverse crowd. Which is what you'd expect when 1 out of every 5 people is an HSP :)

Tine (not verified) says...

Wise but childlike. That's uncannily spot on. I've often thought about this discrepancy and how it's one of the traits that's very hard to explain to others. As an INFJ, I believe we easily understand it when others try to explain themselves to us, but it doesn't always work both ways. It's funny to see how other IM电竞中国官网 commented that they want to print this and stick it on a wall - I've said similar things before. Would help to get rid of the wrong labels we tend to get. Great article!

no idea (not verified) says...

Great stuff, Truity, spot on.

First, I learned I was an INFJ, some five years back. Then I learned that what I had been experiencing since early teenage years actually had a name and it was called Misophonia.  Then,  just a few days ago, I googled "rare cases of very sensitive people" to find out about HSP.

Safe to say it's not been an easy rollercoaster ride.

I struggle a lot on a daily basis, so much so that I don't understand if this is something that while bad it's not entirely abnormal or if this is just completely unprecedented, an alien-like struggle. I never know if I'm just another one who has issues or if I'm, like, the only one who's going through what I'm going through.

Couple that with the fact that I have my own traumatic experiences to contend with, in addition to living in an environment that preys on people like me, and you have the makings for an excellent chance of  going insane...

I guess I just wanted to share a bit of my story. If anyone can relate to this, I must tell you that despite it all I'm still hell-bent on seeing this story out. It's been painful and I reckon it's just the start of a long painful road up ahead, but I'm fearless about it. I'm more sad than I am afraid.

I never wanted much from this world, anyway. I only ever wanted to experience a few things like a loyal friendship, a walk in some of the best places nature has on offer, and New York. God, I gotta see New York before I go haha.

Take the high road, always. Try things. Don't be afraid because there's nothing to be afraid of, we're just people all of whom come flawed and with their own sets of insecurities. World's your oyster.

iamthelab (not verified) says...

I hope you hang on. I have to thank you for introducing me to Misophonia. I had no idea my condition had a name! I am also an INFJ/HSP and attrubuted my physical revoltion to certain sounds like chewing to being highly sensitive. Thanks and hold on.

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