How sensitive are you

Are You Highly Sensitive? – The Highly Sensitive Person

Copyright, Elaine N. Aron, 1996

Instructions: Answer each question according to the way you personally feel. Check the box if it is at least somewhat true for you; leave unchecked if it is not very true or not at all true for you.

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    • I am easily overwhelmed by strong sensory input.
    • I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment.
    • Other people’s moods affect me.
    • I tend to be very sensitive to pain.
    • I find myself needing to withdraw during busy days,into bed or into a darkened room or any place where I can have some privacy and relief from stimulation.
    • I am particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
    • I am easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells,coarse fabrics,or sirens close by.
    • I have a rich,complex inner life.
    • I am made uncomfortable by loud noises.
    • I am deeply moved by the arts or music.
    • My nervous system sometimes feels so frazzled that I just have to go off by myself.
    • I am conscientious.
    • I startle easily.
    • I get rattled when I have a lot to do in a short amount of time.
    • When people are uncomfortable in a physical environment I tend to know what needs to be done to make it more comfortable (like changing the lighting or the seating).
    • I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once.
    • I try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things.
    • I make a point to avoid violent movies and TV shows.
    • I become unpleasantly aroused when a lot is going on around me.
    • Being very hungry creates a strong reaction in me,disrupting my concentration or mood.
    • Changes in my life shake me up.
    • I notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, works of art.
    • I find it unpleasant to have a lot going on at once.
    • I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations.
    • I am bothered by intense stimuli, like loud noises or chaotic scenes.
    • When I must compete or be observed while performing a task, I become so nervous or shaky that I do much worse than I would otherwise.
    • When I was a child, my parents or teachers seemed to see me as sensitive or shy.
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If you answered more than fourteen of the questions as true of yourself, you are probably highly sensitive. But no psychological test is so accurate that an individual should base his or her life on it. We psychologists try to develop good questions, then decide on the cut off based on the average response.

If fewer questions are true of you, but extremely true, that might also justify calling you highly sensitive.  Also, although there are as many men as women who are highly sensitive, when taking the test highly sensitive men answer slightly fewer items as true than do highly sensitive women.

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Question 1/9

You have been arriving late for work for about a month. This morning your boss comments on it. You:

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  • A Think she must be pleased with herself. She’s been waiting for you to make a mistake
  • B Wish you could vanish into thin air
  • C Don’t think it’s a big deal
  • D Always get your work done, so what does it matter?

Question 2/9

You give in a piece of work done in collaboration with a colleague.

Your boss seems to be praising your colleague more than you. You:

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  • A Think your boss is deliberately trying to make you feel neglected
  • B Suppose it’s justified. You can’t really compete
  • C Think this is typical of the cut and thrust of office life
  • D Think it’s ridiculous. You worked just as hard as she did

Question 3/9

You fall over in the street. You:

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  • A Give dirty looks to the passers-by who giggled
  • B Get up and run off very quickly, hoping that no one saw
  • C Say, ‘Whoops! Careful — it’s slippy’
  • D Think that people should have come to your aid

Question 4/9

Your father has two free tickets for a concert.

He suggests taking your sister:

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  • A You get the message
  • B You know that she is his favourite
  • C He can take whoever he likes
  • D You don’t think it’s fair. You’re always helping him out

Question 5/9

During a party at a friend’s house someone says that they think you are quite sensitive. You:

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  • A Get grouchy about it
  • B Feel hurt that people think you’ve got issues
  • C Feel disappointed that they think that
  • D Tell yourself that they probably just want to pigeon hole you

Question 6/9

You are meeting up with a friend you haven’t seen for many years.

She cancels at the last minute and fails to justify herself. You:

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  • A Think it’s mean of her to cancel on you
  • B Assume she just doesn’t feel like meeting up
  • C Think it’s mean of her to cancel on you
  • D Wouldn’t just have cancelled like that

Question 7/9

You say something to someone and they take it the wrong way. You:

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  • A Think they’ve been over-sensitive
  • B Regret being so blunt
  • C Assume they’ve had a sense of humour failure
  • D Have been misunderstood

Question 8/9

You can’t stand:

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  • A People telling you what to do
  • B People comparing you unfavourably with others
  • C People asking you to take sides
  • D People who don’t show you respect

Question 9/9

Your partner keeps going on about how beautiful some actor/actress is.


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  • A Wonder if it’s their way of telling you that you’re ugly
  • B Suddenly, all your imperfections seem magnified
  • C Everyone has their own idea of what is beautiful
  • D Are annoyed. You don’t go on about the actors/actresses that you fancy

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The term Highly Sensitive Personality (HSP) describes people whose brains process sensory information more deeply, resulting in a stronger response to external stimuli. Such people make up about 15-20% of the general population, however, their condition is often misinterpreted, as it is often confused with shyness, developmental delay or introversion. This sensitivity level test is based on the scientific work of psychologist Elaine Aron.

What level of sensitivity do you have? For each following statement, indicate how much you agree with it.

Question 1 of 26

I always pay attention to details.

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This sensitivity test is the property of IDRlabs International. It is based on the sensitivity scale, which belongs to the American Psychological Association.

The test for your level of sensitivity is based on the well-known psychological concept of "highly sensitive personality". This feature has been observed in many species, and it is believed that the behavior inherent in the "highly sensitive personality" is one of the survival strategies: to think and observe first, and not act on instincts and emotions. The "highly sensitive personality" condition is clearly neurological in nature and should not be confused with shyness, withdrawal, or developmental delays.

All free online tests like this one are for informational purposes only and will not be able to determine the state of your psychological health with absolute accuracy and reliability. As the authors of this free online test that will determine your level of sensitivity, we have made every effort to ensure that this test is reliable and reliable through numerous checks and statistical data control.

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