Coping with sensory overload can be emotionally draining to you and your significant other. If you have trouble coping because the world is just too much, you may be a highly sensitive person (HSP). About 15-20% of the population is highly sensitive, so you are not alone. Being highly sensitive is natural, not a defect. Both men and women can be HSPs.
If you answer yes to some of these questions, you might be highly sensitive and benefit from HSP counseling.
Are you easily overwhelmed by loud sounds, bright lights, or strong smells?
Do you absorb the emotions of others?
Do you avoid violent movies or TV shows?
Are you highly empathetic?
Are you easily startled?
Do you need time alone to recover from interacting with others?
Do you appreciate the fine arts and music?
Being highly sensitive is not something to be "cured," it is how we are wired. It is something we can learn to better manage. Being highly sensitive is a blessing and a curse. We appreciate the wonderful things in life more deeply but can be poorly protected from intense emotions and overwhelmed by sensations when others aren't.
Being an HSP also presents challenges to our relationships. If your partner is not an HSP, they may not understand what you are experiencing. Likewise, they may not understand what you feel. Counseling can the HSP improve relationships, with family and at work. Resources for HSPs:
A simple test shows if you are an HSP. If you are curious, take this test by Elaine Aron, Ph.D.