HSP Meetups

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) looking to connect with others who share and understand what it’s like to live with high sensitivity? Consider joining an HSP meetup group in your area.

HSP meetups provide a supportive and understanding community for those who experience heightened sensitivity to sensory stimuli, emotions, and social interactions. Whether you’re an introvert, empath, or simply someone who feels deeply, HSP meetups offer a safe space to connect with others and explore your sensitivity in a positive way.

So how do you find an HSP meetup group near you? You can start by logging into this site and seeing what meetups groups are available. There are HSP meetups forming all over the world.

Once you find a group that interests you, attend a meeting or two to see if it’s a good fit. HSP meetups may include activities such as group discussions, mindfulness exercises, nature walks, and social outings. Some groups may focus on specific topics like relationships, career, or spirituality.

In addition to finding community and support, participating in an HSP meetup can also have numerous benefits for your well-being. Research has shown that social connection and support can help reduce stress and improve mental health. Being part of a group that understands and accepts your sensitivity can also help you embrace your unique traits and feel more confident in yourself.

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If you’re feeling nervous about attending your first HSP meetup, remember that everyone in the group is likely to be feeling the same way. HSPs are often more cautious and thoughtful when entering new situations, so you’re not alone. Give yourself permission to take things at your own pace and to step back if you need to.

Overall, participating in an HSP meetup can be a transformative experience for those who feel like they don’t quite fit in with the mainstream. Connecting with others who understand and appreciate your sensitivity can be a powerful reminder that being different is something to be celebrated, not hidden away. So why not take the first step and explore an HSP meetup in your area today?

A Note About Shyness & High Sensitivity

Dr. Elaine Aron, Author of The Highly Sensitive Person addresses the topics of shyness & high sensitivity in chapter five of the book, titled, “Social Relationship, the Slide into Shyness.”

The Slide Into Shyness

One common mistake that people often make is equating high sensitivity with shyness. While these two traits may sometimes overlap, it is essential to understand the distinction between them. High sensitivity refers to an increased awareness and responsiveness to both internal and external stimuli, such as emotions, sensory input, and social cues. On the other hand, shyness is characterized by feelings of discomfort, anxiety, and avoidance in social situations. It is important not to assume that individuals who are highly sensitive are inherently shy.

Calling Yourself Shy Is Negative

Labelling oneself as shy can have negative implications. When individuals repeatedly describe themselves as shy, it becomes a part of their self-identity. This self-definition may lead to self-limiting beliefs and hinder personal growth. By attaching oneself to the label of shyness, individuals may inadvertently reinforce negative associations and perceptions about their social abilities. It is important to recognize that sensitivity is a positive quality, and it does not automatically imply shyness or social inadequacy.

Ridding Shyness for Your Self-Concept

Recognizing and acknowledging the difference between high sensitivity and shyness can be empowering for individuals who identify as highly sensitive. By understanding that their sensitivity does not automatically make them shy, they can begin to redefine their self-concept. Instead of viewing themselves as shy, they can embrace their heightened sensitivity as a unique trait that brings depth and richness to their experiences. This shift in perspective allows for the cultivation of a positive self-image that appreciates and values their sensitivity.

Calling Yourself Shy Is Self-Fulfilling

Calling oneself shy can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. When individuals consistently label themselves as shy, they may adopt behaviors and thought patterns that align with this self-perception. They may avoid social situations, underestimate their own capabilities, and struggle to assert themselves. These actions, influenced by the belief that shyness is an inherent part of their identity, can reinforce the experience of social anxiety and further limit their social interactions. It is crucial to challenge these self-imposed limitations and recognize that high sensitivity does not necessitate shyness.

In conclusion, it is important not to mistake high sensitivity for shyness. Understanding and embracing the distinction between these traits allows individuals to develop a positive self-concept and avoid the potential pitfalls associated with the label of shyness. By reframing their sensitivity as a valuable quality, individuals can harness its benefits while challenging self-imposed limitations. It is essential to foster a mindset that appreciates and celebrates sensitivity, recognizing it as a unique attribute that contributes to personal growth and meaningful connections with others.

About HSP Connection

As part of our mission, HSPConnection provides meetup tools at no charge. We are currently in the process of applying for grants to support meetup development for young adults and adults with highly sensitive physiology, as well as for parents of children with HSP.