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This is a discussion on NF and HSP Poll within the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers forums, part of the Keirsey Temperament Forums category; Score: 22 I am most sensitive to smell then noise (perception wise). I got a chemical hypersensitivity disorder. There are ...

  1. #11

    Score: 22
    I am most sensitive to smell then noise (perception wise). I got a chemical hypersensitivity disorder. There are very few chemicals at home that I can use for cleaning. Also, I can smell odors that other people barely notice. Sometimes, I just shut down. I literally just feel I exist but anything else is a blur, cannot process what people are talking or do anything.

    If you want to know more, there is this site where I watched movie Sensitive. Home - Sensitive The Movie
    Apparently, we are not only species that are sensitive. I read somewhere that HSPs are around 10% of the population, but according to Dr. Elain Aron, 1 in 5 people are highly sensitive.
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  2. #12

    Quote Originally Posted by Llyralen View Post
    My daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder, so do I but not as strong. The seams in socks used to feel like knifes though. Shirt tags? Yeah... and my daughter has it worse. If she's over-stimulated I can hardly touch her arm. Something to look into. She has tactile and visual sensory processing disorder (it used to be called sensory defensiveness) and some people have oral, smell, there's a bunch of different kinds. Yeah, just something to be aware of and I do think it gives her a higher HSP score.
    Oh wow, nah I'm not that bad, certain fabrics just feel really scratchy and uncomfortable on me among other things. Tags are awful right? I had no idea Sensory Processing Disorder was a thing, but it sounds linked to sensory processing sensitivity, so it could well be related. I hope your daughter does okay though, that can't be comfortable to live with.

  3. #13

    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Wonderland View Post
    Oh wow, nah I'm not that bad, certain fabrics just feel really scratchy and uncomfortable on me among other things. Tags are awful right? I had no idea Sensory Processing Disorder was a thing, but it sounds linked to sensory processing sensitivity, so it could well be related. I hope your daughter does okay though, that can't be comfortable to live with.
    It's gone through a couple of name changes, so I'm not sure if we aren't talking about the same thing, but at first it seemed like she wouldn't be able to tolerate Kingergarten. She used to scream or yell if kids got close to her at that age. I had to carry her out of a lot of situations. Since she's a twin it was helpful to know the same thing was not going on with her brother, so early on I was trying to get her diagnosed. I tried at age 21 months, and many times I was not able to get her help unless another child came in and therapists saw her behavior. We worked on getting her a lot of help. Occupational Therapists do work on this. It's hard because it's just been becoming a diagnosable thing. Actually at this moment I'm still not sure if it's supported by ADA, but luckily our insurance has been good. She's 14 now and every year is better, but like even today she couldn't tolerate being touched. There used to be a routine we would do every morning before school where you lightly go over the skin of her arms with a kind of comb to kind of "prep" her for sensations she would get over the day. After a few days of doing this she would come to me asking to have it done since she felt the difference.

    Tags are very uncomfortable for me, and for her even her sheets used to bother her unless perfectly flat over her. I remember when I first got a bra, I could hardly concentrate for a full year at school. I sat at the back and it totally felt like knives. I had gotten over the sock seam by around age 9, but the bra took a long time to get used to. lol It's how your brain processes things. You can't help that your brain thinks light touch is pain. You know, usually I'm forgetting all of this. At any given time though, I am pretty itchy and pretty fidgety, but I keep forgetting this is a part of me.

    Yeah, it's interesting.
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  5. #14

    16-17. I'm very HSP in some ways and not at all in others. Very sensitive to some sensory input and oblivious to others.

  6. #15
    ENFP

    Quote Originally Posted by Llyralen View Post
    My daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder, so do I but not as strong. The seams in socks used to feel like knifes though. Shirt tags? Yeah... and my daughter has it worse. If she's over-stimulated I can hardly touch her arm. Something to look into. She has tactile and visual sensory processing disorder (it used to be called sensory defensiveness) and some people have oral, smell, there's a bunch of different kinds. Yeah, just something to be aware of and I do think it gives her a higher HSP score.
    Seams in socks and shirt tags? Tell me about it. It wasn't until after highschool that I got used to regular socks. Only got 18 in the test though, what are some cues to oral and smell high sensitivity? And I'm guessing that visual high sensitivity makes you upset when you're put in settings that you don't find visually pleasing, that's the case for me, or at least was, the army service got it covered. I wander if this has something to do with my enneagram that I'm idealistic and want to create the perfect settings and environments for people to enjoy.

    Did you guys ever shoot a rifle or a gun? We had shooting ranges where sometimes 20 people would shoot at targets at the same time, it felt like a sensory overload at the beginning, your own rifle recoils on your shoulder and you try to keep focus on your target and your breathing technique while at the same time trying not to flinch from the sound and feeling the other rifles create, the sound bounces off the walls and ceiling too which makes it even worse, had to get used to it at the beginning, but soon enough I got to be one of the only three sharpshooters in the platoon in training, we got day and night scopes, the night scope alone weighed around 10lbs, it was a nightmare. We also had a sharpshooting competition about a year after I got into my platoon, I entered the finals with two others that were about to finish service, then we went on a break and didn't proceed with the finals, somebody chickened out I'm sure.
    I saw it completely as a sport in the range, and I'm glad I got to be in the position because I'd rather have myself there at stressful times than someone reckless without a moral compass, it would have to be a matter of life and death for me to use my power to decide over someone else's life.

    Oh and don't get me started on the chemical warfare training, my eyes burnt from the gas particles over two miles away from the training grounds, I basically laid on bed with a shirt on my face and people were like "c'mon, you're exaggerating".
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  7. #16

    Quote Originally Posted by Fru2 View Post
    Seams in socks and shirt tags? Tell me about it. It wasn't until after highschool that I got used to regular socks. Only got 18 in the test though, what are some cues to oral and smell high sensitivity? And I'm guessing that visual high sensitivity makes you upset when you're put in settings that you don't find visually pleasing, that's the case for me, or at least was, the army service got it covered. I wander if this has something to do with my enneagram that I'm idealistic and want to create the perfect settings and environments for people to enjoy.

    Did you guys ever shoot a rifle or a gun? We had shooting ranges where sometimes 20 people would shoot at targets at the same time, it felt like a sensory overload at the beginning, your own rifle recoils on your shoulder and you try to keep focus on your target and your breathing technique while at the same time trying not to flinch from the sound and feeling the other rifles create, the sound bounces off the walls and ceiling too which makes it even worse, had to get used to it at the beginning, but soon enough I got to be one of the only three sharpshooters in the platoon in training, we got day and night scopes, the night scope alone weighed around 10lbs, it was a nightmare. We also had a sharpshooting competition about a year after I got into my platoon, I entered the finals with two others that were about to finish service, then we went on a break and didn't proceed with the finals, somebody chickened out I'm sure.
    I saw it completely as a sport in the range, and I'm glad I got to be in the position because I'd rather have myself there at stressful times than someone reckless without a moral compass, it would have to be a matter of life and death for me to use my power to decide over someone else's life.

    Oh and don't get me started on the chemical warfare training, my eyes burnt from the gas particles over two miles away from the training grounds, I basically laid on bed with a shirt on my face and people were like "c'mon, you're exaggerating".
    I am so proud of you for doing all you've done and not letting sensory sensitivity hold you back--but oh but I sympathize! Sensitive eyes-- check.
    I hate any fumes in the air too to breathe in.
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  8. #17

    I am. I believe it runs in my family. I scored 22 on the test.

    If I had guesses as to who, then I would guess my grandmother on my father's side, my aunt (father's sister), my mother, one or two of my brothers, and possibly my 1 & 1/2-year-old son. There may be more among my siblings. Of those that are adults, they are all sensitive, keen and observant people.

    My son was described by my sister as more sensitive than her son who is around the same age and so she bought him a book about emotions for Christmas. He does seem that way, especially the way he cries when a group of people is trying to get him to laugh.

    It may not be immediately obvious with my mum as she's outgoing (an ENFP), but she seems to have intense emotions. One thing I can always remember about her is she doesn't like strong perfume or using strongly scented products (I'm the same- I feel like I can't breathe around them).

    As for myself..
    - Like my mother, I experience intense emotions.
    - Whenever I'm feeling nauseated I know what food or scents will make me feel less sick and vice versa. Like having the heightened senses of pregnancy.
    - I can become overwhelmed, startled or brought to tears easily. Many years ago, at an appointment with a psychiatrist and with 3 people watching me, I recall my brain became so scattered that I "forgot" how to spell a simple word. And I never liked being around people playing a sport with a ball.
    - Ambient music is enjoyable because it's easy on my ears, heavy metal or similar is pretty much the opposite.

    Long before I knew about HSP, I sometimes liked to visualise myself as a little sea urchin or anemone with outstretched tentacles, feeling the world around me in every direction. I felt like that was my shape. I don't know if anyone can relate or make sense of that.
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  9. #18

    Your Total: 21

    Yeah i think many HSP people are on the autism spectrum since the sensory attributes overlap a lot, and asd is overdiagnosed in men whereas hsp is a trait many women ascribe the themselves because of how asd is still primarily seen as a male condition. I think a proper criteria for autism would see equal gender ratios, with hsp included as a broad category with asd included inside it.

  10. #19

    No I got 5

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  11. #20

    Quote Originally Posted by ai.tran.75 View Post
    No I got 5

    Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
    I’m glad you posted that, Ai, it gives the test more weight, I think.
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