Category Archives: HSPs

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Are HSPs really targets for bullies?

(Edited from the original 3/25/15 post) People who are highly sensitive are often targets for bullies, but it’s not high sensitivity itself that leads to the bullying. It’s because of the dismally low self esteem that tends to go along … Continue reading

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HSPs and codependency.

There’s a lot of discussion on the web about codependency as well as empathy, especially in the narcissistic abuse community. While it’s true people who are codependent to a narcissist also tend to be high in empathy and very sensitive, … Continue reading

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“Fragile Heart”

A friend sent me this video. Have the tissues ready. 😥 Lyrics: There’s no place for a sensitive soul In a space where your ego freely roams And you’re a little bit narcissistic And I’m a little too understanding, sadly … Continue reading

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Yikes! Does this mean I’m a narcissist?

Originally posted on Lucky Otters Haven:
I just finished reading a Scientific American article that delineates narcissists into two categories: Overt Narcissists and Covert Narcissists: When most people think of narcissism, they think of the public face of narcissism: extraversion,…

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Sensitive Children and the Adult Child in the Abusive Narcissistic Home

In a home affected with an abusive narcissistic parent emotions are repressed and become twisted.  Rules are built on shame, guilt, or fear.  Feelings are often not shared and when they are expressed,…

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Portrait of a non-disordered HSP.

It’s a sad fact that many HSPs (highly sensitive persons) develop personality disorders and elaborate defense mechanisms like NPD or BPD just to cope with the world because they feel like they have no normal defenses against being hurt or … Continue reading

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Letter to my child-self

Me at age two. For most of my life I wanted to pretend you didn’t exist. You embarrassed me and made me look bad. You cried too much and made scenes. You were weak, sickly, scared of everything, and easily … Continue reading

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23 signs you’re secretly a narcissist masquerading as a “sensitive introvert”

Ruji posted a link to this article from Scientific American and I thought it was so interesting it deserves a blog post of its own. (It’s also quite funny.) Ever known anyone like this? Of course you have. He’s the … Continue reading

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WARNING: THIS ARTICLE MAY BE TRIGGERING. I spent the first 13 years of my life almost constantly crying. I was a perpetually squalling cranky baby, a screaming tantrum-throwing toddler, a tearful preschooler, and a school child prone to attacks of … Continue reading

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