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Understanding and Thriving as a Highly Sensitive Person

Are you someone who feels things deeply?

Do you often feel overwhelmed by external stimuli? If so, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).

Highly sensitive people have a unique sense of intuitiveness when viewing the world and people around them.

While the world has some unkind people that look down upon others that feel their emotions, the unkind are missing the point. They are busy thinking about themselves and wants, while the HSP sees things in the true perspective as it really is.

This is Part 6 of the Resilience Series. In this article, we will explore some key aspects of being highly sensitive and provide some tips on building resilience.

What Does it Mean to be Highly Sensitive?

Being highly sensitive means that you experience the world in a more intense way than others. Your nervous system observes subtle cues and stimuli that can leave you feeling overwhelmed, both emotionally and physically.

Itโ€™s important to note that being highly sensitive is not a weakness. Your intuitive nature that comes with emotions is in fact your โ€œSuperpowerโ€. Your enhanced understanding allows you a better view of the world and people around you.

How Can Resilience Help Highly Sensitive Persons?

Resilience allows you to bounce back from setbacks and adapt to challenging circumstances. Building resilience can help you better navigate the difficulties of life, while improving your overall well-being. Resilience is like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. For more tips on building your Resilience, see the Featured Resilience Series.

What Are Some Ways to Build Resilience for HSPs?

Building resilience starts with self-care. Be sure to take breaks, practice relaxation techniques, and engaging in activities that bring you joy. As a highly sensitive person, you get to enjoy the feelings of joy even stronger than others. Take advantage of that, as that supports your well-being.

Itโ€™s also important to establish a strong network of good people that understands your sensitivity.

Healthy boundaries are essential. As a highly sensitive person, you might need more time and space alone to recharge, and thatโ€™s perfectly okay. As for the unkind people that want to look down on you, those are the ones to keep on the other side of the fence. When a personโ€™s behaviors or words are unkind, they add nothing positive to your life and you donโ€™t need them.

Professions Where You as an HSP Can Thrive

Coaching / Hypnotherapy

As a Highly Sensitive Person, I can attest that this is true. As a Certified Coach and Board Certified Hypnotherapist, I work with clients across the nation that struggle with confidence and fears. Most come from decades of abuse situations and the intuitiveness helps them resolve long-lasting issues much faster.

Theyโ€™ve tried pharmaceuticals and talk therapy for years and all they got was a large bill.

In our sessions via Zoom, as an empath with strong intuitiveness, we can isolate the deep underlying causes and create healthy belief patterns in a subconscious state.


Highly sensitive people often possess great empathy and understanding, making them natural candidates for counseling professions.

Teaching / Mentoring

Highly sensitive persons can create nurturing and empathetic learning environments catering to studentsโ€™ emotional needs. They can excel in guiding and educating others.

Healing & Energy work

Highly sensitive persons have heightened intuition and can recognize the energy of others. Hereโ€™s a list of similar professions where HSPs can thrive:

  • Massage therapy
  • Herbal medicine
  • Reiki Practitioner / Energy Healing / Alternative Healer
  • Yoga instruction

Creative Professions

Highly sensitive persons are often creative and have a deep appreciation for beauty and creativity. Pursuing careers in writing, storytelling, literature, painting, or any artistic field provides an outlet for their emotional depth and allows them to express their unique perspectives.

The internal appreciation for aesthetics and attention to detail possessed by highly sensitive persons make them great designers or architects.

A List of Creative Professions for HSPs to Thrive:

  • Acting
  • Architect
  • Author
  • Creative Arts
  • Designer
  • Music
  • Sculpture
  • Writer


Highly sensitive persons often possess a keen attention to detail, deep curiosity, and meticulousness. These qualities make them well-suited for research-oriented professions where they study complex subjects, solve intricate problems, and impact the natural world.

Highly sensitive persons often exhibit keen attention to detail, intuition, and analytical skills. They might thrive in professions that require deep analysis, research, or investigative work.

A List of Some Science-Related Professions for HSPs to Thrive:

  • Animal Caretaker / Trainer
  • Conservationist / Ecologist
  • Environmentalist
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Law Enforcement and Investigations
  • Library Science
  • Market Analysis
  • Museum Curator
  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • Veterinarian / Animal Behaviorist

Non-Profit / Social Worker / Humanitarian Aid

The sensitivity of highly sensitive persons allows them deep connection with others and feel driven to make a positive impact. Working in social services, non-profit organizations, or humanitarian agencies can allow them to devote their efforts to helping individuals and disadvantaged communities in need.

Entrepreneur / Freelancer

Highly sensitive persons often struggle with rigid environments because of the need for autonomy and flexibility. Pursuing an entrepreneurial path or freelancer gives them freedom to structure work and life according to their needs for a balanced and fulfilling career.

Last Thoughts

Being a highly sensitive person is a uniquely skilled and intuitive person. By understanding thereโ€™s nothing WRONG with you, and you are likely living life than some trying to show themselves as emotionless.

The occupational lists above are only a few of the many potentially professions where you can thrive. Remember to take care of yourself, establish healthy boundaries, and seek support when needed.

Embrace your sensitivity and know it is a valuable part of who you are.

About the Author

Anthony M. Davis is a Certified Leadership, Success and Stress Coach. He is a clinically trained Board Certified Hypnotherapist.

He has earned a national reputation for his Transformative Life Centering work with clients from across the nation. His unique approach helps clients remove underlying fears and triggers, and then, through coaching, helps them pursue and accomplish life and career goals.

He provides Coaching and Hypnotherapy sessions remotely through Zoom. If you have challenges and are ready to move past them, Contact him Here to create the life change you desire.

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