9 Struggles Only Highly Sensitive People Will Understand

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Everything is so PERSONAL.

From the outside, sensitive people might seem a little bit touchy but the truth is: We just feel everything to a higher degree. It's harder to shrug things off and let it go. Here are nine struggles you might be familiar with:

1. Being left off of group text message chains. The irony is we actually LOATHE being on group texts (because seriously, is there anything more annoying?) and yet if we're left out, we take it as a personal affront.

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2. Constructive criticism. In our minds, there is no criticism that is constructive. Criticism is criticism.

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3. We can dish it out. But ... we can't really take it. This double-standard is pointed out to us on a daily basis.

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4. When you tell us we look "tired," we completely misinterpret the sentiment to mean that we've literally never looked more heinous. (When, in fact, we probably just needed to put on a smidge more under-eye concealer.) See also: Don't ever tell anyone they look tired, okay?

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5. In an ironic twist, we tend to be overly critical of others, especially ourselves. Insecurity: it's a bitch.

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6. Noticing ... little things. We notice things more quickly and/or pick up on things other people overlook: the energy of a room, if you've changed your make-up, whether the person you're talking to is trying to end the conversation because their tone of voice changes. Minor things. We're very perceptive — almost TOO perceptive sometimes.

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7. Friends who aren't 50/50. The ones who you always have to call and text to make plans because they never initiate. We eventually drop them because we're not masochistic, but it hurts us. A lot.

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8. The constant need for validation. Again: Insecurity. It's a bitch.

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9. Random crying. We will cry anywhere. On a train. On a plane. In a box. On a fox. In a house. With a mouse. (To quote the eloquent Dr. Seuss.)

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