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By Jenna Avery, CLC,
Life Coach for Sensitive Souls

Here is a list of qualities of Highly Sensitive Souls that I have developed, based on the work of Dr. Elaine Aron, and on my own experience.  According to Aron, HSPs comprise about 15 to 20% of the population.

Characteristics of Highly Sensitive Souls

  • extremely intuitive
  • highly aware, keenly observant
  • attuned to the subtleties of the surrounding environment light, noise, sound, temperature, etc.
  • emotionally sensitive and caring, easily affected by the energy and emotions of others
  • often empathic or psychic
  • experience emotions with great intensity and depth
  • have a lower tolerance for stimulation than others
  • need adequate rest, nutrition and time alone to feel balanced
  • highly conscientious
  • intense, passionate, emotional
  • able to concentrate deeply with uninterrupted time
  • prefer to work independently
  • process information deeply and from many sources of information
  • often more right-brained, artistic
  • often feel very different than "everyone else"
  • have a rich, complex inner life – often highly imaginative
  • often seen by others as sensitive or shy
  • often introverted, though 30% of HSPs are “socially extroverted” according to Dr. Aron
  • can get extremely engaged with work and ideas
  • often prefer to avoid news and TV
  • have an important role to play in society as advisors, sages or prophets

Click these links to find out more about Highly Sensitive Souls and how we show up in the Enneagram and on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.


Something I've Learned

One of the absolutely most important things I've learned as Highly Sensitive Soul is to STOP asking myself, "What's wrong with me?" if I ever felt uncomfortable or unhappy.  In my experience, I was so often different than others around me, that I learned to ask myself this question early on. Now I ask myself, "What's my intuition telling me right now?"  What a gift to myself!


About the Name - Highly Sensitive Souls

I've adopted the name Highly Sensitive Souls for several reasons.

First, as a spiritual coach, I resonate deeply with the notion that we are all spiritual beings, and this name brings this even more into focus for me.

Second, I think it speaks to the intuitive aspects of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). One of the key differences between being introverted and being an HSP is our sixth sense or intuitive and perceptive abilities. To me, intuition is derived from a connection to a greater knowing that can only be explained by a deep spiritual connection.

And lastly, some of you will likely recognize my pure delight in alliteration!



Copyright 2004-2011, Jennifer Avery, All rights reserved.

Jenna Avery is a highly sensitive coach and intuitive who specializes in guiding sensitive souls to find a deep sense of inner rightness within themselves so they are inspired to step forward and shine. Jenna is a Certified Life Coach based in Berkeley, California. She can be reached at 510.984.3474. You’re invited to take her free online assessment: "Is Your Sensitivity Working For You?" on her website at

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Jenna Avery, CLC, MCP, MLA
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