Sensitive people are not only vulnerable to sensory stimulation in their environment, but to other people as well. We often absorb other people's feelings and moods and we can become easily absorbed into their way of life, their beliefs and consequently the way we feel about ourselves. If that someone is a narcissist, it can become very difficult to separate ourselves from them. We become their prey, but we don't realise it until it's too late. Instead, we think we're falling in love.
When these two elements, sensory stress and other people, are combined, it can become a toxic situation. For example, if you've just moved to a new town or started a new job, you are going to feel overwhelmed by the newness of your environment. A big life change is stressful for anyone, but HSPs feel it intensely. And an HSP under stress is vulnerable to the influences, good or bad, of other people.
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