What is Highly Sensitive Physiology for?

Common terms include: Highly Sensitive, High Sensitivity, HSP, The Highly Sensitive Person

Highly sensitive physiology is found in approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the general population. It’s a certain kind of wiring in the body, designed by evolution, and found in over 100 species in the animal kingdom. Simply put, HSP is Nature’s design for awareness.

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    What is Highly Sensitive Physiology?

    Common terms include: Highly Sensitive, High Sensitivity, HSP, The Highly Sensitive Person

    Monthly newsletter on high sensitivity:

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      HSP Individuals

      People with HSP have a different perceptual experience of life. This is by nature’s design.

      HSP Parents

      Parents of children with highly sensitive physiology can benefit from learning about the subject.

      HSP Therapists

      Are you a therapist specializing in HSP?

      The Foundation is currently working on a body of information and resources for therapists.

      HSP Educators

      Found in approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of children, highly sensitive physiology produces a different perceptual experience in children who are born this way. The Foundation is currently working on a body of information and resources for educators which includes a screening protocol for children.

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      Approximately 70% of individuals with highly sensitive physiology are introverts.


      “Empath” is a common term which has its roots in highly sensitive physiology. Individuals with HSP have more mirror neurons in the brain, take in more sensory input, and process it more deeply. While there may be spiritual aspects to being “an empath”, there is also sound evidence that this way of experience life is firmly rooted in the body’s physiology. An understanding of this physiology can lead to useful methods of self care and physiological support.

      Gifted & Talented

      A 2015 study by Elke van Hoof found that 87% of gifted individuals (IQ>130) also have highly sensitive physiology. As such, there are important implications for the emotional development of gifted children as well as for the mental and emotional health of gifted adults.

      MBTI Types

      The Foundation is looking at HSP as a root component for certain MBTI types such as INFJ. More information on this coming soon.

      HSP & Trauma

      Due to something called “differential susceptibility,” the combined topics of HSP and trauma formation are quite significant. The Foundation is working on a body of information on the intersection of these two topics.

      An Introduction to Highly Sensitive Physiology [Video]:

      Do I have highly sensitive physiology?

      “Thank you for creating this community!”

      “Thank you. I’m getting a clearer picture now. HSP as a term to describe an outcome of evolution makes a lot more sense.”

      “I am so excited to find out that there are others like me! So glad that this site exists!”


      Being highly sensitive is something extraordinary. In fact, as you’re about to learn, high sensitivity is a genetic, evolutionary trait seen in over 100 species in the animal kingdom, including humans.

      Until recently, high sensitivity was not well understood. That is changing now and we are beginning to understand what this genetic trait is, how valuable it is, and the unique challenges and gifts that come with being a highly sensitive person.

      Highly sensitivity people are wired differently. We are wired to take notice and to process and experience life deeply. We notice subtle things that other people miss. We tend to have empathy for others and also react more strongly to life experiences. You may be asking yourself: “am I highly sensitive?”

      Making up roughly 30% of the population, with the middle 40% being moderately sensitive, there are as many as 2 billion highly sensitive people in the world.


      Since the evolutionary trait of high sensitivity has only recently been identified and confirmed in multiple species in the animal kingdom – including humans, almost every person with highly sensitive physiology will have some wounding related to their high sensitivity.

      The highly sensitive person has some needs that differ entirely from the rest of the general population. And since approximately 87% of gifted individuals also have the traits of high sensitivity, these needs are relevant for them as well.

      After an initial learning phase about what high sensitivity really is and what it means to be a “highly sensitive person,” the work of healing old pain can begin from a place of truly understanding the role that highly sensitive physiology plays in one’s life.

      A unique discovery is the role that neurotransmitters play in the physiology of the highly sensitive person and how a better understanding of neurotransmitters can play an important role in healing.


      Whether you are highly sensitive, moderately sensitive, or gifted, you’ve found a place to form real world connections with others like you.

      Friendship and Dating

      Whether you are looking to make new friends or are looking for a potential highly sensitive or gifted partner, this website provides the means to meet other highly and moderately sensitive people as well as gifted individuals. If you want to meet other people that live in your area, go ahead and sign up, it’s free:

      Meeting Other Parents

      For parents of a highly sensitive child or a gifted child (or both), being able to meet other parents with the same circumstance can be an invaluable gift. The member directory here on the site allows you to search for other parents generally, and even within your geographic locations.

      There are also specific resources created just for parents of highly sensitive and gifted children.