I wish universities and colleges prepared you better for office culture. It was quite a shock to my system when I landed my real job. Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, fluorescents, cubical, schedule – barf. I certainly wasn’t prepared for that world.
I never fit in growing up. The outsider seemed to be a role I was destined to play in life. As a child, I felt lost most days as if I was beamed down from another planet. And it’s because of this perception that I also believed something was wrong with me. That perhaps it meant, deep down, I was unlovable.
A term coined by psychologists Elaine Aron and Arthur Aron in the mid-90s, an HSP has a deeper central nervous system sensitivity to physical, emotional, or social stimuli.