What is a highly sensitive person?
Did you know that 20% of the population is made up of Highly Sensitive People?
That means 1 in 5 team members in your organization may be a HSP. This is a tremendous gift to your organization, as HSPs possess unique strengths, such as the ability to learn quickly, identify subtleties, detect minor differences, avoid unexpected errors, and easily systemize information. HSPs are active listeners, intuitive responders, and visionary team members, but only if they have the tools and support needed to develop their natural abilities.
HSPs process and store more sensory information than the rest of the population. It’s why they have such incredible attention to detail and retain new knowledge so well. Of course, it also means they are using an immense amount of energy to sort, compartmentalize, file and discard all the information the brain takes in every day through the five sensory organs; the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin.
If a HSP does not learn to manage their strengths, their unique ability to process on a deep level may shift into analysis paralysis, procrastination, and perfectionism. It’s paramount that a HSP receives the specialized tools and support necessary to thrive.
Identifying HSPs in your organization
Not all HSPs will present in the same way and many are not even aware they have a highly sensitive nature. That said, there are four primary traits that most HSP’s share:
1 | Depth of Processing
HSPs synthesize information from various sources that can result in fresh innovations. Their ability to make connections to other pieces of information make them creative thinkers and great problem solvers.
2 | Overstimulation
HSPs can quickly become overstimulated with too much sensory input. The level of sensory input that becomes too stimulating will vary from one HSP to another.
3 | Emotionally Responsive
HSPs can spot subtle emotional cues when someone isn’t on board with a project idea or is struggling to engage in conversation. When given permission to address the issue with the individual in question, HSPs can often serve as the bridge builder to creating a more cohesive team.
4 | Subtleties
HSPs are good at detecting the slightest changes, minor errors, and overlooked details. When empowered to employ their natural leadership qualities, they know how to detect holes in a project and suggest solutions.
HSP Educational Trainings
Sensitivity as Strength: Tap Into the Unique Gifts Of a Highly Sensitive Person
In this 1-hour educational training, I further define who is a Highly Sensitive Person and how to invite HSPs to help improve the environment of your organization.
Participants will learn:
A tool to identify defining attributes of a Highly Sensitive Person
Myth-busting facts about who and what HSPs are not
Surprising truths about what HSPs need to avoid burnout and thrive in organizational environments
How to empower HSPs to initiate and facilitate communication for deepened unity and creative problem solving
This educational training can easily be formatted as a Lunch and Learn, and is ideal for audiences large and small.