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If you scored more than fourteen points, you are probably highly sensitive. If you’d like to take the next step, including learning more about the strengths and vulnerabilities of high sensitivity:
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.
Credit: This quiz was designed by Dr. Elaine Aaron. You can find her work at HSPerson.com.
I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment.
I notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, works of art.
I am easily overwhelmed by strong sensory input.
Other people’s moods affect me.
I tend to be very sensitive to pain.
I am particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
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.
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 find it unpleasant to have a lot going on at once.
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.