Clues to see if you are an HSP

The 2018 debate over Whether Dance is a Sport or Not raged on in my kitchen.

“Of course it is.  You sweat and practice and use your muscles,” my middle school daughter patronized, hand on her hip.

My freshman son scoffed: “But it’s not in the olymp---”

And the bickering escalated to higher decibels.

..........

I pushed my ear plugs further into my head.

Now, before you make assumptions on my parenting skills, you must understand: my children are loved and respected as the individuals they are blossoming into.  But they expertly find argument over any small injustice that sneaks into their perspective worldview. On good days, I affectionately call it “Fishing for Fights”.  (On bad days, I call it “training for Fight Club”).

Nonetheless, I didn’t see “referee” under the job description of parenthood, unless it becomes bloody.  So I practice routine benign neglect. Let them figure out the ultimate value of DANCE AS SPORT.

Unfortunately, the debate was no match for my ear plugs, so I closed the laptop and resigned myself to continue writing my novel another time.  

 

Have you ever:

1. Retreated to the deep stacks of a library, just to hear your thoughts while studying?

2. Switched shirts three times because the tag felt too scratchy or the sleeves were too short?

3. Had specific requirements for blankets that keep all breezes out (crochet is out, fleece is better, weighted is BEST)?

4. Disliked the loud background noise at a bar or coffee shop, so you walked outside instead?

5. Watched an emotional movie and physically felt the character’s pain?

6. Been up all night because the sound of ONE buzzing mosquito was enough to keep you awake?

 

If you answered “YES” to any of these, you might be an HSP:  

Highly Sensitive Person

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi pioneered research on creative personalities and achieving flow state.  He discovered that “openness” and “sensitivity” were opposing personality traits that were at the core of many creative performers.  

It’s the ultimate creative paradox:  bold and charismatic meets emotional fragility.  

An estimated 15-25% of people are considered Highly Sensitive, and many are performers, artists, musicians. (Try taking a more comprehensive HSP scale to tally your score).  

 

This explains why….

Georgia O’Keefe did most of her paintings in the early morning hours while everyone was asleep and the air was crisp.

Emily Dickinson wrote over 18,000 poems in her parents bedroom.

Marcel Proust created his masterpieces behind closed doors.

Isaac Asimov retreated into comfortable isolation to help inspire his biochemical insights

 

Meaningful alone time is not to be confused with loneliness.  Neuroscience teaches us that when our amygdala is bombarded with a flurry of input, it can “silence” other parts of our creative brain by diverting blood flow (as seen on fMRI).  This is especially detrimental in our society of constant technology use.

Now, more than ever, it’s imperative to decode your unique method(s) for solitude.  Without cultivating your openness and receptivity, you won’t experience insight. You’ll miss out on the essential experience of humanity:

Tap into flow and give life to new ideas.

 

Don’t know where to find your flow?  

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1. You’ll benefit from decades of neuroscience research on personality and creativity as you play with different ways to tap into flow.  

2. You’ll be privy to keystone habits of highly creative individuals, and use them to craft your own routine that works.  

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Until then, keep pushing those ear plugs further into your head and wear all cotton. 

I'll help you find your flow soon!