The sensory processing sensivity. (Part 1st.)
Sensory Processing Sensitivity doesn't have to be a problem. Let's see what sensory processing sensitivity is and how it is usually experienced. She is a relatively new psychological construct and developed mostly by psychologists Elaine and Arthur Aron, who began writing about it during the 1990s.
Since then, the implications that this phenomenon has on people's lives, which today we understand as a characteristic straddling the personality trait and neurological predisposition, have been studied since then.
Highly sensitive people, who are those with a marked Sensory Processing Sensitivity, have a nervous system with a greater intensity of reaction to stimuli and the processing of emotions, which means that although they do not have to suffer a disorder, they experience a series of recurring needs and problems and characteristics.
Related article: "The main theories of personality". How are highly sensitive people? As we have seen, Sensory Processing Sensitivity is not a disease or a mental health disorder, but rather is something more like a personality trait that is possibly shared by about 15% of the population .
On the other hand, it has been observed that people with high scores in Sensory Processing Sensitivity tend to have more activated brain regions associated with the regulation of attention and the integration of sensory information, as well as empathy and planning chores.
All this fits with the behavioral and psychological aspects that have been observed in highly sensitive people; let's see what they are.
Sharp and intense sensory perception
As indicated, highly sensitive people are able to perceive with greater intensity a great variety of sensations and stimuli from their environment, as well as to capture a greater number of differential nuances between them.
They are more affected by intense stimuli
In addition to experiencing emotions intensely, highly sensitive people are also affected by intense stimuli, such as strong lights, smells, or intense noise.