Highly Sensitive People make up about 15-20% of the population

The concepts of “Emotional Intelligence” and “Sensory Processing Sensitivity” overlap with this topic.

The Highly Sensitive Persons can easily think outside the box but can overthink things.

They often get overstimulated and need time out.

They have strong emotional experiences and considered high in empathy.

They have heightened sensory awareness but may have issues with certain textures, tastes or sounds.

D is for Depth of Processing
O is for Overstimulation
E is for Emotional Reactivity
S is for Sensing the Subtle

There is a Self-test is online, from Elaine Aron who has researched this topic over the last 30 years. If you want to check out if you fit in this profile, take a Self-test developed by Elaine Aron. http://hsperson.com/test/highly-sensitive-test/

There is also a test to see if your child is Highly Sensitive.

The profile for the Highly Sensitive person is useful because it helps to explain various traits of our personality that can come together. It may also help to explain why people relate to some healthcare professionals rather than others. The Highly Sensitive Person may see their body in a poetic or metaphorical manner that can make it difficult to talk to a health professional who is strongly focused on logic.

Highly Sensitive People like Osteopaths because Osteopaths spend time with patients and talk through the issues. Sensitive people will often have a non-textbook experience of their condition.

Osteopaths have a range of techniques some firm, some more subtle.

Osteopaths are aware that pain is a “primitive emotion” and can get tied up in other life experiences.

Osteopaths understand the need for respect for the body that includes rest and refreshment.