Highly sensitive people are a misunderstood group. We're often treated as if we're weak, when really we're strong for holding so many feelings. Or, it's assumed we can't handle interactions with other people or busy lives when in fact, we can thrive this way. These myths about highly sensitive people (HSP) can both hurt others' perceptions of us and get in the way of us exploring who we really are.
"The majority of the world does not experience their nervous system in the same way as an HSP, so the most common messages and cultural structures are built by non-HSPs," life coach and HSP Christina Salerno tells Bustle. "This can cause a feeling of being unsafe or that you need to be different from your innate way of being. In research, they’ve found this trait in 20 percent of every species. That is not a mistake. There is nothing wrong with you if you feel highly sensitive. The way you are, innately sensitive, is important and much needed."
Despite what the rest of the world sometimes says, highly sensitive people make great friends, partners, employees, and people. Here are some common misconceptions about highly sensitive people — and what you should know instead.