• In this article, you’ll learn more about your HSP super powers, the character strengths that many highly sensitive people share, and about how many of us are blind to our best qualities, plus a simple exercise that can change that. 

  • Your HSP super powers are the strengths of the highly sensitive person

    Pre-eminent HSP researcher Elaine Aron, Ph. D. identified these qualities as common in the authentic HSP: creativity, imagination, empathy, intuition, reflection, wisdom, vocation, idea generation, depth, and perceptiveness.

    Other authors have also highlighted focus, passion, commitment, engagement, critical thinking, independent thinking, the ability to work with little supervision, and a concern for fairness and justice.

  • What's strong instead of what's wrong

    Centuries of advice have suggested the biggest gains come from fixing our weaknesses. Now new research shows that both a problem-focus and a strengths-focus have a purpose, and neglecting to recognize our strengths is counter-productive.

    When we notice what goes well in our lives, it:

    • -Builds the skill of noticing and remembering good events.
    • -Avoids our being unaware of our best qualities.
    • -Increases gratitude.
    • -Encourages an explanatory style that promotes optimism about the future.
    • -Makes it far more likely that others will also value our strengths and talents.
  • Strengths blindness

    It’s easy to assume that others can accomplish everything we can, and that our strengths are ordinary and commonplace. We want to be fair and recognize the value of the contributions of others. But we go too far when we give their strengths and accomplishments preference over anything we might do.

    It isn’t true that anyone can do what you do. Once your efforts have become routine, you may forget the steep learning curve you mastered to get to that point. Your special combination of strengths and abilities may even be rare and much needed. 

  • Each evening for the next week, think back on the day. What things went well? What was your contribution to that outcome? These can be small, ordinary events or experiences as well as bigger ones. It may help to review the list of HSP strengths that began this article and see if some of them were involved.

    You may have done gratitude or journaling exercises before. This one is a bit different; its aim is to adjust your view of yourself. At the end of the week, how do you feel? If you feel energized or more confident, you might continue to use it or to revisit it when you need a refresher.

    If you'd like a deeper understanding of what it means to be a highly sensitive person, please join us for the teleclass Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person.

     

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