Quiz on Sensitivity
Here are 23 Traits of Sensitivity:
Add 1 point for each one you identify with (most of the time):
- You feel deeply. You are easily moved.
- Your feelings get hurt easily.
- You easily see the amazing, the beautiful, and the extraordinary in everyday life!
- You are curious and filled with childlike wonder.
- Sometimes, having such strong feelings can lead to you feeling younger than your years, even though you’ve been described as wise.
- You’re a great listener.
- You’re open-minded.
- You’re more polite than the average person.
- You’re a deep thinker, and can easily get lost in details, and then feel overwhelmed.
- Conflict is very hard for you.
- You obsess about conversations you’ve had or wanted to have, and and this prevents you from moving forward or being productive (and can increase self-judgment).
- You’re easily affected by other people’s nonverbal reactions and this affects how you relate to other people and also how confident you feel in interactions.
- If you make a mistake, it can take you a longer time than the average person to get over it.
- You need down time after being around people, or even after feeling a lot.
- From a young age, you’ve been attuned to and care deeply about other people, animals, and/or nature.
- You’re very imaginative and easily feel inspired.
- You’re sensitive to bright lights, crowds, or loud sounds.
- You have great intuition/gut knowing.
- Sometimes you can’t tell your feelings from other people’s feelings. You’ll be going along just fine, and then someone comes in with a gust of negative — or positive — energy and then, you feel totally different! It can take you a bit to get back to feeling like yourself again.
- You’re easily suggestible. Sometimes, you’ve felt gullible or innocent. This is connected to being open, but it’s also about being easily moved and affected by other people’s persuasiveness and emotions.
- Being so attuned brings a lot of insight and people often see you as wise beyond your years.
- Sometimes you wish that you could just “lighten up” and have more fun.
- You have a strong desire to make the world a better place, and you want to do that being fully yourself!
15+: Yup! You’re sensitive! Welcome to the club!
Being sensitive is a beautiful way of being, as long as you know how to center, accept, and nurture yourself.
Learning about who you are and how you’re different from non-sensitive people is part of the learning curve.
This includes pacing yourself and knowing how your environment, food choices, people, words, and feelings — including your own — affect you. Creating deliberate practices and flexible, clear boundaries as you find your center are essential steps to feeling more at home in yourself and the world.
Sensitivity is powerful. We sensitives bring a lot of joy, openness, kindness, generosity, creativity, gentleness, intuition, compassion, dedication, passion, love and light to the world! We need to take care of our sensitive and powerful hearts, bodies, minds, and spirits!
14-10: You are easily affected by the world, though you might not be as sensitive as your highly sensitive sisters and brothers (above). Knowing this about yourself is helpful so that you can take time out, nurture your sensitivity, and allow yourself to bloom! Did you notice a pattern in your sensitivity on this quiz? e.g. being sensitive to your environment or being sensitive to your feelings? Seeing a pattern can help you to accept and take good care of yourself!
9- 4: Mild sensitivity. Being mildly sensitive doesn’t mean you’re not caring; it just means that you don’t have the same depth of sensitivity as others on this quiz might. There is a wide range of sensitivity. You may also have a family member or friends who are sensitive, and being aware of this can lead to greater compassion and helpfulness.
3-0: Little to none. That’s okay! I’m sure you’re still a fabulous person! 😉 In all seriousness, this quiz measures some forms of sensitivity. It doesn’t mean you’re not kind or sensitive to people’s feelings. It just means you’ve got a different kind of nervous system. And, now that you’ve read about it a bit, you can bring this sensitivity training to your interactions with others, especially sensitive people, and we will definitely, definitely appreciate it! 🙂
Who we are affects how we relate to others.
In summary, our levels of sensitivity affect the ways we relate to ourselves, each other, and the world. Sensitive people make up 20% of the population.
If you’re sensitive and you’ve received a lot of external input, your natural openness, empathy, and responsiveness can become reactivity, anxiety, and overwhelm.
Knowing your level of sensitivity, understanding what you need to feel balanced and replenished, and pacing yourself are all essentials for great well-being!
And, as you can see, there are so many positive traits to being sensitive! That’s why it’s vitally important to create practices which help you to feel balanced, engaged, and connected!
Note: * This list is based on three categories: 1. Elaine Aron’s findings and research on The Highly Sensitive Person; 2. my lifelong experiences as a sensitive person and Empath, and 3. Fifteen years working with other sensitive people.