About Sensitivity Style

Everyone has a sensitivitystyleTM. Some people are considered by others as “too” sensitive”, some, “not sensitive” enough. A person’s sensitivitystyleTM is a key predictor of how they relate to, perceive and behave in the world.

Differences in sensitivitystyleTM can be the source of much distress, misunderstanding and conflict. What can seem like nothing to one person, can feel like the end of the world to another.

sensitivitystyleTM differences are most problematic in the workplace, schoolyard and in the home, where people spend significant amounts of time together.

The sensitivitystyleTM model gives people an understanding of the four different sensitivity styles, along with skills and tools for living and working with other styles more respectfully and successfully. There are two HSP styles and two non-HSP styles. You can learn more about the four styles here.


What is the sensitivitystyleTM model based on?

The sensitivitystyleTM model is based on the latest scientific research in relation to the temperament traits of sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) and high sensation seeking (HSS). The primary researchers for each trait are Drs. Elaine & Arthur Aron and Dr Marvin Zuckerman respectively.

The two traits are inherited independently of each other and both have been shown through research to play a significant role in determining the environmental conditions required for optimal performance, arousal and wellbeing in an individual as well as in predicting the likely role, if any, in bullying.

The model has been developed by Janine Ramsey in consultation with the world’s leading authority on the trait of high sensitivity, Dr Elaine N. Aron, research and clinical psychologist and we continue to refined and validate the model through research and case studies.


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Fast facts about sensitivitystyleTM

  • 20% of the population are highly sensitive (HSP ) to the physical environment and to the moods, feelings and actions of others


  • People with high sensory processing sensitivity (HSPs) have an enhanced ability to notice the subtleties in the environmental and to process this information more deeply


  • Non-highly sensitive people (non-HSPs) are capable of greater endurance and resilience because they do not inadvertently take in as many details and are not as deeply affected by sensory input


  • The styles with high sensitivity (HSPs) are currently out of fashion in western culture


  • Highly non-sensitive people (non-HSPs) who are also high sensation seekers are those who are most likely to be perceived as exhibiting bullying-type behaviours by other sensitivity styles even when they are not intending to offend someone


  • Highly sensitive people (HSPs) can be the best or worst performers depending on the workplace environment – the trait of high sensitivity is like having high plasticity or reactivity to the environment


  • The level of wellbeing of your highly sensitive people (HSPs) is a good indicator of the general health and wellbeing of your workplace