Are You Highly Sensitive?
A self-test by Elaine N. Aron, Ph. D. author of The Highly Sensitive Person

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Answer each question according to the way you feel. Answer true if it is at least somewhat true for you. Answer false if it is not very true or not at all true for you.

1. Other people's moods affect me.
True False

2. I tend to be very sensitive to pain.
True False

3. I find myself needing to withdraw during busy days, into bed or into a darkened room or any place where I can have some privacy and relief from stimulation.
True False

4. I am particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
True False

5. I am easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens close by.
True False

6. I have a rich, complex inner life.
True False

7. I am made uncomfortable by loud noises.
True False

8. I am deeply moved by the arts or music.
True False

9. I am conscientious.
True False

10. I startle easily.
True False

11. I get rattled when I have a lot to do in a short amount of time.
True False

12. 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).
True False

13. I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once.
True False

14. I try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things.
True False

15. I make it a point to avoid violent movies and TV shows.
True False

16. I become unpleasantly aroused when a lot is going on around me.
True False

17. Being very hungry creates a strong reaction in me, disrupting my concentration or mood.
True False

18. Changes in my life shake me up.
True False

19. I notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, works of art.
True False

20. I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations.
True False

21. 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.
True False

22. When I was a child, my parents or teachers seemed to see me as sensitive or shy.
True False