Quiz: Are You Too Sensitive?

Take this true-or-false self-test to find out if you are Highly Sensitive. Keep track of your answers and get your score at the end. For more check out the in-depth article, "Are You Too Sensitive?"

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November 12, 2010 11:48 AM
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I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment.
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I am particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
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Changes in my life shake me up.
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I become unpleasantly aroused when a lot is going on around me.
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I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once.
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I am conscientious.
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I startle easily.
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I get rattled when I have a lot to do in a short amount of time.
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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).
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I make a point to avoid violent movies and TV shows.
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I tend to be very sensitive to pain.
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I try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things.
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Being very hungry creates a strong reaction in me, disrupting my concentration or mood.
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Other people's moods affect me.
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I notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, works of art.
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I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations.
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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.
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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.
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I am easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens close by.
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I have a rich, complex inner life.
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I am made uncomfortable by loud noises.
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I am deeply moved by the arts or music.
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When I was a child, my parents or teachers seemed to see me as sensitive or shy.

SCORING YOURSELF: If you answered true to 12 or more of the questions, you're probably highly sensitive. But no psychological test is so accurate that you should base your life on it. If only one or two questions are true but they are very true, you might also be justified in calling yourself highly sensitive.