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Highly Sensitive Person Quiz

How do you know if you are a highly sensitive person?

Here's a quiz designed to help identify if someone is a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). This quiz is inspired by the work of Dr. Elaine Aron, a pioneer in the study of high sensitivity.


Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Quiz

Please rate each statement based on how well it describes you. Use the following scale:


0 = Not at all

1 = Slightly

2 = Moderately

3 = Very

4 = Extremely

I am easily overwhelmed by strong sensory input (loud noises, bright lights, strong smells).

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment that others are not.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


Other people's moods affect me.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I tend to be very sensitive to pain.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I find myself needing to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room, or any place where I can have some privacy and relief from stimulation.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I am particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I am easily startled.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I get rattled when I have a lot to do in a short amount of time.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


When people are uncomfortable in a physical environment, I tend to know what needs to be done to make it more comfortable (like changing the lighting or seating).

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I make a point to avoid violent movies and TV shows.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I become unpleasantly aroused when a lot is going on around me.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


Changes in my life shake me up.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, and works of art.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I find it unpleasant to have a lot going on at once.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


I am bothered by intense stimuli, like loud noises or chaotic scenes.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


When I must compete or be observed while performing a task, I become so nervous or shaky that I do much worse than I would otherwise.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]


When I was a child, my parents or teachers seemed to see me as sensitive or shy.

[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]



Add up your scores for each statement. The total possible score ranges from 0 to 80.

0-40: You may not be highly sensitive.

41-60: You have some sensitivity traits.

61-80: You are likely to be a highly sensitive person.


This quiz is not a diagnostic tool but can give you an idea of where you might fall on the sensitivity spectrum. If you think you might be highly sensitive and it impacts your life, sign up for coaching with Heather to turn your sensitivity into your super strength.

How do you tell if you are a highly sensitive person?

Identifying as a highly sensitive person (HSP) involves recognizing certain traits and characteristics that are commonly associated with high sensitivity. Here are some signs that may indicate you are a highly sensitive person:


1. Heightened Sensory Perception: You may have an increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli, such as bright lights, loud noises, strong smells, or rough textures. You may also be more sensitive to subtle changes in your environment.


2.  Strong Emotional Responses: HSPs often experience emotions more intensely than others. You may find yourself deeply affected by the emotions of others, as well as by your own feelings. You may also have a rich inner emotional life and be deeply moved by art, music, or nature.


3. Empathy and Compassion: Highly sensitive people tend to be empathetic and compassionate towards others. You may have a strong ability to understand and resonate with the emotions of those around you, often feeling deeply connected to others' experiences.


4. Overwhelm in Stimulating Environments: HSPs may become easily overwhelmed in busy or chaotic environments, such as crowded spaces or noisy gatherings. You may need time alone to recharge and process your experiences after being in stimulating situations.


5. Deep Thinking and Reflection: Highly sensitive individuals often have a rich inner world and enjoy deep thinking and reflection. You may be introspective and contemplative, pondering life's big questions and seeking meaning in your experiences.


6. Preference for Peaceful Environments: HSPs tend to thrive in calm and peaceful environments where they can fully engage their senses and emotions without feeling overwhelmed. You may seek out quiet spaces and enjoy activities that promote relaxation and tranquility.


7. Sensitivity to Others' Needs: You may be highly attuned to the needs and feelings of those around you, often putting others' needs before your own. You may have a strong desire to help and support others, sometimes to the detriment of your own well-being.


8. Creativity and Imagination: Many highly sensitive people are creative and imaginative individuals who excel in artistic or creative pursuits. You may have a vivid imagination, a keen appreciation for beauty, and a unique way of expressing yourself creatively.


It's important to note that being a highly sensitive person is not a disorder or a condition but rather a personality trait that exists on a spectrum. If you resonate with many of the characteristics listed above, you may be a highly sensitive person. However, it's always best to consult with a mental health professional for a proper assessment and guidance.

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