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PHQ | QUESTIONS FROM COMMUNITY: In this episode Joel and Antonia answer a question about the personality of the Highly Sensitive Person.

In this episode Joel and Antonia answer a question about the personality of the Highly Sensitive Person. #highlysensitiveperson #HSP

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  • Maddie
    • Maddie
    • January 22, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Maybe INFJs are actually less likely to be type 2 HSPs because they can understand the context of social criticism…? My hypothesis, based on my life anecdotes:

    - If tertiary Se or lower, increased likelihood of type 1 HSP
    - if tertiary Fe or lower, increased likelihood of type 2 HSP

  • Maddie
    • Maddie
    • January 22, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    ENTP HSP here! I’m both HSP types 1 and 2. It took doing dream interpretation using Beebe’s model to figure out that I wasn’t an INFJ. That and realizing that my ‘grip’ experience is way more Si than Se. As far as the genetics of it, my dad is an INFP who is also types 1 and 2 HSP, and my mom is an ENTP who is definitely not type 1 HSP but maybe type 2 HSP.

  • Cecily Dossett
    • Cecily Dossett
    • May 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’m an ESFP HSP. I’ve “tried on” several different types (ENFP, INFP, ISFP…), but they end up not feeling right after a few months. My feeling and sensory functions were both invalidated/traumatized as a child and it’s taken… a lot of internal work to digest my motivations and baggage and baby-stepping my way into my authenticity process just to get this far. Add being an HSP of both emotions and sensations, and you can see how infuriatingly bite-sized it’s had to be. I really resonated with the ISFP and ESFP resources. I’m still working on idealism, feeling like my motives are constantly misread, and vying for outside validation. Being an HSP means I live a lot more like an introvert than an extrovert, but I’ve noticed I get a lot less overwhelmed when I’m driving with Sensation and co-piloting with Authenticity. The patience/fortitude to be physically and emotionally in the moment on purpose is always what balances my life and helps me move forward. The Effectiveness track and blind sensations (video games, sensory fiction books, food, etc…) have been my coping mechanisms for my entire adult life. I’m so relieved to have finally found the type that feels right!! Couldn’t have found me without y’all. Thanks for having the words. ❤

  • O
    • O
    • December 24, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    I’m highly sensitive to both environmental stimuli and emotional stimuli. I never realized that this is a “thing,” and it’s exciting that there could be a correlation with my Myers-Briggs type.

    Emotional – Sometimes when I’m taking the subway to work in the morning, I have to get up and move to a different seat, because the person next to me is radiating some sort of agitation or just seems like they’re off-centre in a way that I can’t quite put my finger on. If I stay and continue sitting next to them, I can feel my energy starting to drain and my body starting to get worked up. I try to remind myself that I might just be imagining what this other person is feeling, but sometimes it’s just easier to get up and sit somewhere else. That’s just a tiny example. All day long, I feel deeply affected by the people around me: any people, even if we’re not interacting directly. I wouldn’t say that I can accurately pinpoint what it is that they’re emanating and put a name to it (I don’t consider myself an empath in that sense), just that I can feel it acutely and it can very easily overwhelm me. I consider this to be a negative quality that impacts me whether I like it or not, rather than something that I can use to understand people better.

    Sensory – This too, but not to the same extent as emotions. When I was younger, my mother took great pains to make sure that I could study in an environment that was free of sound, movement, etc. because she knew that even the smallest thing would throw me off and I’d stop focusing. Right now, I work in a place where there is a constant stream of people passing by the front of my desk, and that alone is enough to agitate me. In times where I’ve had a little more privacy, I’ve had people step into my workspace and ask, “Why are you sitting in silence/in the dark? That seems miserable!” I used to think that I’m just not adept at creating a pleasurable atmosphere in my physical environment, but after listening to your podcasts, I have to wonder if I choose to do this because it’s actually serving my cognitive preference.

  • Lucas
    • Lucas
    • April 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Haha I laughed at that reference as well. As an INFJ, my inferior Se gets overwhelmed at the mall or in any environment where there’s a lot of noise or things happening at once. I mentally can’t process it all so I oddly enough find myself feeling very drowsy. My eyes get tired and I just want to shut down. When I was younger I use to wear ear plugs and sunglasses when I went out. Now I’m somewhat better adjusted because I know my boundaries. I’ve really had to work at being aware of my needs. Like, I can’t be out walking, shopping, and generally being contstantly physically active for hours on end. I use to get tired at track meets as well, like you said, too many people and noises. Nothing is better than complete silence and a calm environment. Lol

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