I’ve been reading a lot of posts on the blogosphere, and a recurring theme has emerged. It seems many writers consider themselves introverts. Who would have thunk it? I also considered myself to be an introvert, but some of the characteristics didn’t quite fit. I had aspects of the extrovert. Sometimes I was loud, I loved company and felt more energy when around people. I also needed time to be alone, would get irritated if people tried to contact me and think a lot before I say anything. But I couldn’t be both could I? I shrugged it off as another category I didn’t quite fit in to.
I was introduced to the concept of the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) not too long ago and for me, this fits the bill perfectly. It may do so for you as well. Identifying HSP has helped me to understand myself and the way I work, as well as how to deal with it when my little quirks flare up.
If you feel that the classification of ‘introvert’ doesn’t fit, have a look at this website: The Highly Sensitive Person. You may just find you’re a crazy little HSP like me. You can even do a self quiz that determines whether it’s likely you are. About 20% of the population have it, so don’t be too surprised if you do too. You might just find that you understand yourself a little better after reading about it.