The Highly Sensitive Person
A Self-Test

Copyright, Elaine N. Aron, 1996

Instructions: Answer each question according to the way you personally feel. Check the box if it is at least somewhat true for you; leave unchecked if it is not very true or not at all true for you.

Your name *
Your answer
I am easily overwhelmed by strong sensory input. *
I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment. *
Other people's moods affect me. *
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. *
I tend to be very sensitive to pain. *
I am particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine. *
I am easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells,coarse fabrics,or sirens close by. *
I have a rich,complex inner life. *
I am made uncomfortable by loud noises. *
I am deeply moved by the arts or music. *
I am conscientious. *
I startle easily. *
My nervous system sometimes feels so frazzled that I just have to go off by myself. *
I get rattled when I have a lot to do in a short amount of time.
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). *
I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once. *
I try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things. *
I make a point to avoid violent movies and TV shows. *
I become unpleasantly aroused when a lot is going on around me. *
Being very hungry creates a strong reaction in me,disrupting my concentration or mood. *
Changes in my life shake me up. *
I notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, works of art. *
I find it unpleasant to have a lot going on at once. *
I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations. *
I am bothered by intense stimuli, like loud noises or chaotic scenes. *
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. *
When I was a child, my parents or teachers seemed to see me as sensitive or shy. *
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