These are the six core personality traits that highly sensitive people possess, says study. Highly sensitive people can get a lot of stick - often labelled as 'too emotional' or someone who 'overreacts' to things. But a new study has found that they actually have numerous positive personality traits.
In fact, of the six key traits that make up a highly sensitive person, four of them are widely considered to be incredibly beneficial attributes. The new research - which was published in the Journal Of Personality Assessment - asked 10,300 participants aged 18 to 87 to respond to a draft questionnaire, based on 60 traits they identified in other studies on the subject.
After getting this data back, researchers noticed 43 common qualities - which they then grouped into six factors that make up a highly sensitive person (HSP). The first one was emotional and physiological reactivity - AKA being 'too sensitive' - so a tendency to get upset by external factors. Sensory discomfort was the second attribute - so being bothered by certain smells, sounds or lights.
The third is social-affective sensitivity, which means being a good reader of other people's emotions.