If You're Easily Annoyed By These 11 Things, You Might Be A Highly Sensitive Person

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Everyone has a few pet peeves, and things that irritate them. But if you're a highly sensitive person, it can seem like you get annoyed more easily than most. You might cringe at certain sounds, shrink away from strong smells, or avoid loud and chaotic situations — all because they overwhelm you to the point of distraction.

To others, it might seem like you're overreacting. But when you're a highly sensitive person, these feelings are very real. "Highly Sensitive People (HSP) are the 15 to 20 percent of the population born with a nervous system that's more finely-tuned than others," therapist and HSP expert Brooke Nielsen, LMFT, tells Bustle. "This trait of sensitivity is a gene; you were born this way!" So it's nothing to be ashamed of, or worried about — just something to be aware of.

Other traits include an ability to feel deeply and empathize easily, Nielsen says. But as a HSP, you're also more likely to feel overwhelmed and annoyed by the world around you, too. This is because your sensitive nervous system processes everything in the environment, she says. "From noises, to conversations, to others' bad moods, everything shows up on [your] radar more intensely."

Everyone has different things that annoy them, and to varying degrees. But if you're a HSP, you might notice that a few of the following have always grated on your nerves or stressed you out, according to experts.