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PHQ | QUESTIONS FROM COMMUNITY: In this episode Joel and Antonia answer a question about the personality of the Highly Sensitive Person.


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  • Emma

    I’m curious as to why being ‘sensitive to criticism’ wouldn’t fall under the HSP umbrella. I think your interpretation of HSP 2 is a bit more Fe-oriented… dom-Fi users, for instance, don’t CHOOSE to get hurt by personal comments, but we’re so skinless when it comes to the world affecting our emotions, that we can’t help but be hurt more easily when it comes to things that relate to the self.

    i imagine this might be an annoying process for someone who isn’t dom-Fi, but I assure you that it’s a very real kind of sensitivity. I have consistently seen every type call INFPs out for being ‘sooo sensitive,’ as if markedly moreso than other people and am wondering how this fits. Maybe it’s a more selfish, unrelatable sensitivity but I think it’s very much there, and not just a development issue (although more underdeveloped people will have it in a more extreme, untenable way).

    Maybe I’m not explaining this the right way, but I guess I’m just wondering if you can help me understand why so many people of every type consistently (even INFJs) will call INFP the most sensitive. I have seen this consistently in various MBTI communities and IRL

  • Emma

    Apparently INFPs are the most introverted introverts so this could have something to do with it… because we spend so much time in our inner fantasy worlds, the outer world and all it’s noise, brashness and activity can be especially jolting and hurtful

  • Amy

    I’m an INFJ, and I recently read Elaine Aaron’s book. One of the most helpful things I learned from it is being aware of my arousal level, and knowing what events trigger over-arousal. I’ve learned that I need to take a walk or hot bath, read a book, or do yoga after doing something that is stimulating (on either a sensory or emotional level). During the last couple of years prior to reading the book, I chronically overscheduled myself, and put myself into many situations where I had no alone time for weeks in a row. I ended up having insomnia on and off for the last year along with a B12 deficiency. The book made me realize that I can’t ignore my own needs.

    In that realm, I’ve also recently realized that I am somewhat of a people pleaser. My mom and brother who are both ISFJs and HSPs are also people pleasers. I have difficulty setting healthy boundries and not overextending myself, and I also try to avoid conflict completely. When conflict is unavoidable, I usually question my behavior almost obsessively after, worrying that I behaved inappropriately. I’ve enjoyed hearing and reading some of your other content related to better developing the harmony function. Are there any books or reading materials you could recommend for this?

    Great podcasts, by the way!

  • Catlyn

    I’m an INTJ and I’ll gladly add my personal anecdote to support Antonia’s hypothesis that a 3 year old Sensation may predispose a person to environmental stimuli sensitivity. I laughed out loud at her Chili Peppers concert story.

    I have several similar stories — when I was younger I was a competitive swimmer. Larger meets could last 12+ hours. After an hour or so, I would HAVE TO curl up and take a nap somewhere, (often right in the bleachers!)because the cheering crowd noise, the start buzzer beeping, etc. would cloud my mind to such a degree that I could no longer think straight and I would lose track of time, forget my race number, misplace my equipment, and generally cease to function well.

  • Kait

    All of these, yes.

    ENFP here, who is definitely an HSP of both types. I am terribly sensitive to light, to sounds, and to everyone else’s good or bad day (I think of it as the emotional weather that floats around them).

    It’s…a lot to handle.

  • Jacqui Baxter

    I’m an INTJ and I am an HSP “Type 1” and “Type 2”. The emotional sensitivity is often almost subconscious for me. I would get physically ill or have a sudden mood change when I entered a room or space with certain people.
    I only after many years realized that I was picking up on the emotions (especially negative emotions of others).
    Example: If someone else had chronic pain issues, while with them I would experience all the symptoms of pain except that pain. Stomachache, dizziness, sweating, etc.

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