Hello! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’ve found this post, then it’s likely you’ve resonated with the term: The Highly Sensitive Person and you’d like to know a bit more about it and whether or not you or someone you love might be highly sensitive.

Someone who is highly sensitive has a more sensitive nervous system and processes all the stimuli in their environment very deeply; this trait is also called Sensory Processing Sensitivity – and yes, I said it’s a trait! It’s completely normal in both humans and animals. In fact, approximately 15-20% of the population is highly sensitive.

The very first thing I want to say about being highly sensitive is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. I created this blog because I’ve found that many highly sensitive people feel doomed to a life less than stellar and they feel alone – that’s just unacceptable! I’ve found the beauty in it and you can, too.

So how do you know if you’re highly sensitive? Here is a list of traits of HSP’s adapted from Elaine Aron’s book, The Highly Sensitive Person.

  • You are greatly moved by the arts and music.
  • You are easily irritated or frazzled when startled.
  • You are overwhelmed when there are too many things to do at once.
  • You are very aware of and affected by people’s moods.
  • You are very attuned to the subtleties in your environment.
  • You are keenly aware of high-pitched electronic sounds in your environment that others may not seem to notice.
  • As a child, you were often labeled as sensitive or shy
  • You are highly aware of sensations in your body.
  • You are very conscientious..
  • You often seek time alone.
  • You are easily distracted by things around you.
  • You are easily overwhelmed by stimuli, like bright lights, loud noises, rough textures on your skin.
  • You love having deep conversations with a few, close friends.
  • When you’re in nature or by the water, you feel deep calm.
  • You have a rich spiritual life or consider yourself a lightworker.
  • You get frazzled if people try to get you to do too many things at once.
  • You get deeply upset by the news and the suffering of others, even if it is fictional tv or in a movie.
  • You are very sensitive to physical pain.
  • You don’t respond well to change.
  • You are very in tune with the beauty around me.
  • You tend to arrange your life to avoid overstimulating situations, like crowds, bars, concerts or parties.
  • You deeply enjoy sensory experiences, like music, fine scents, tastes or sounds.

You may have all of them, or just a few. If you have more than 12 of these traits, then it is likely that you are highly sensitive. To read more about the variety of highly sensitive people, please read my post: 50 Shades of Sensitive (coming soon!)

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With so much love,

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Cortney is a transformational coach, writer, speaker, mentor for Highly Sensitive Badasses TM, and founder of the coaching program: The Sensitive Badass Badass Personal Coaching Program and the Sensitive Badass Sisterhood. She is passionate about helping women tap into their unique brilliance through divine self-care so they can live their highest purpose and reach their full potential. She offers private and group transformational and empowerment coaching programs for highly sensitive and empathic women.

Cortney earned a B.A. from Vassar College in Art History and a Masters of Architecture from Catholic University. Following her heart later in life, she became certified as a health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She became a “health architect,” dealing with her own health crisis and struggle to manage anxiety and depression. She is also a proud graduate of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts Mastery program, a NYC institution that teaches women to use the power of pleasure to have their way with the world.

Cortney lives in Baltimore with her 2 kids, her dog and her husband. A passionate traveler, photographer, gardener and foodie, when she isn’t dancing or listening to music (her favorite things!), Cortney is all about engaging all of her senses in service to her inner badass—and awakening the inner badass in every highly sensitive person she encounters!

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  1. alittleluckblog May 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm Reply

    Thank you for making this! I’m just finding out about my sensitivity and it’s comforting to be able to finally find sources that help me learn about myself and the part of the population just like me.

    • thehighlysensitivebadass May 16, 2016 at 7:33 pm Reply

      So glad it’s helpful! Stay tuned for more. I’ve got a lot to say and you’re in good company! 🙂

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