What is a “Highly Sensitive Person” (HSP)? Highly Sensitive Person is a term used to describe 15-20% of the population who are born with a unique sensory processing trait that allows them to notice more subtleties in their environment, resulting in both deeper processing (thinking & feeling) and a tendency toward becoming overwhelmed by stimuli more quickly. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of high sensitivity you can start here: The Highly Sensitive Person: A Form of Neurodivergence.
Being Highly Sensitive comes with many positives. Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) are known for being conscientious and creative, they tend to pick up on subtleties others miss and have the capacity for deep empathy. But just like anything, being an HSP comes with its own set of challenges to work through. One such challenge is a tendency toward people-pleasing and conflict avoidance.
Codependency is a pattern of relating that’s characterized by a lack of personal boundaries and over-focusing on the needs, wants, and/or problems of others.
Codependency was originally used to describe behaviors of spouses and children of alcoholics. But because codependent patterns can manifest in many different contexts outside of addiction, the definition has since expanded.