Highly Sensitive Person Test

A Simple Test to Check if You are Highly Sensitive Person or Not

Do you get a 'feel' of things way before they manifest? You might be a highly sensitive person! Find out if you are an intuitive bundle of nerves!.
PsycholoGenie Staff
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018
A highly sensitive person is characterized by his/her aversion for anything coarse or loud. The nervous system of such people is so programmed that they can pick up the most subtle behavioral or situational cues almost accurately. They know exactly what you have in mind, even if your mouth speaks something else. This can be quite unnerving. They are often perceived as introvert and shy individuals, although it may not be so―they may open up very well if they feel comfortable in their surroundings, but the hitch is that their nerves are so finely tuned that they can literally smell the ions of unpleasantness, conflict, aggression, disagreement, fear, suspicion, and all such complex emotions in the air around them.

Highly sensitive people make up about one-fifth of the entire world population, and these individuals process sensory information very thoroughly, and in much depth and detail. Such people are backstage technicians who do all the hard work but seldom get appropriately recognized due to their tendency of maintaining a low profile. This trait is attributed to a different biological wiring of their nervous systems which impart an innate sensitiveness, as stated by Carl Jung, and, besides humans, this trait can also be seen in many animals that rank higher on the evolutionary scale.

Here are some questions you need to answer:
  • Do you feel bothered by loud music?
  • Are you often moved to tears by fine art or beautiful music?
  • Do you startle easily compared to others?
  • Do you get easily affected by others moods around you?
  • Are you easily overwhelmed by bright light, strong odors, rough surfaces, etc.?
  • Do you like violent movies?
  • Do you like to plan your life in advance?
  • Are you okay with last-minute activities?
  • Do you often feel the need to shut yourself away from the world and go off by yourself for sometime?
  • Are you good with details?
  • Does a lot of activity around you ruffle you?
  • Do you have an inner world and daydream of an alternative life?
  • Does multitasking annoy you?
Employers' Perspective
A prospective employer may necessitate a sensitivity test for candidates to decide whether they are psychologically equipped to face the harsh day-to-day work challenges. Actually, sensitive individuals are excellent employees, as they are deeply dedicated to their jobs, and are extremely focused on details. However, their personality quirk often makes them under-perform, and they may not be able to take the stress of working with five different people who give five different ideas, and may feel dejected on having to reach a compromise. In fact, in such situations, they are known to sacrifice their own point of views just for the sake of restoring order. If such is the case, then employing such a candidate may prove more detrimental to the candidate than the employer. They work best when they work alone and are at liberty to achieve the results by following their own work methods.

Institutes' Perspective
Nowadays, education is as stressful an enterprise as any other, with all that competition and race for excellence. With assignments, compulsory campus activities, live projects, and competitive internships, today's institutes prepare young minds for the actual rat race way before they enter it. These may seem taxing for sensitive individuals, who may feel mentally exhausted and stressed by such a schedule. By conducting tests, academic institutes can focus on such individuals and enroll them into many personality development and counseling programs, which can help them emerge from their shell and take stress in their stride.

Parents' Take
If your child shows traits of high sensitivity, gets upset at small things, feels emotionally hurt and scared in apparently-unruffling situations, then you might want to get your child tested. Once assured that your child is among the still waters run deep kind, encourage him/her to be more open, talk to people more, make more friends, and partake in external sports and cultural activities. In very severe cases, experiential, cognitive and behavioral therapies can help such kids feel at ease with other kinds of people. Before you reach any conclusion, you must understand that there is nothing wrong with this kind of personality―it just happens to be different. So don't try to change the way your child learns, studies, works or thinks. Just encourage him/her to emerge into the spotlight and express himself/herself more actively, so that he/she does not lag behind and be neglected in any walk of life.