Here is some information about the Highly Sensitive Person and the big distinction between HSPs and people who are HSPs but also suffer from BPD. Being an HSP is not a diagnosis or illness; it describes a minority of people who process environmental and internal stimuli differently from the majority and who are very sensitive to their environment and have a different kind if inner life. Anyone who suffers from BPD as she says in the post, is naturally an HSP, not due to their difficulty with emotion regulation which is a large aspect of the disorder, but due to the sensitivity to others and the environment. Most but not all of us therapists and artists are by nature HSPs. I myself am one (a highly sensitive person). Read this post from”Make BPD Stigma Free to learn more:
You may have noticed that I have been posting quite a bit, both here and on my Facebook Page, about Highly Sensitive People or HSPs. That’s because every person with BPD is an HSP, but not every HSP has BPD. It is believed that BPD is caused by a HSP being brought up in an invalidating environment.
Dr. Elaine Aron has a test on her website to see if you are a HSP. You can take the test here: http://www.hsperson.com/test/ Dr. Aron has researched the trait of High Sensitivity and has even written a book on it called The Highly Sensitive Person. She is currently trying to get funding for a documentary on High Sensitivity called Sensitive. (Please see these posts: http://makebpdstigmafree.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/sensitive-the-untold-story-on-vimeo/ and http://makebpdstigmafree.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/sensitive-the-untold-story/ )