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4 Famous Highly Sensitive People

Many Highly Sensitive People struggle to see the positive side of their trait. But we can see throughout history that numerous HSPs have harnessed the gift of their sensitivity to make a positive impact in the world!

Although you don’t have to become famous for your trait to be validated as useful and amazing, there are a bunch of famous Highly Sensitive People in history that remind us that our differences can be celebrated!


Albert Einstein

Good ole Albert… One of history’s most noted HSPs who set the example of how to craft your life to support your Highly Sensitive trait.

Many of you understand what it means to have careers that drain your emotional and physical energy. Whether it’s due to the high level of engagement with other people, tasks that demand the full amount of brain power that you can muster for the entire day, or too much confrontation with coworkers

HSP expert, Dr. Elaine Aron, used Einstein as an example of an HSP that chose a career that allowed him to pursue his real passions.

“Sometimes your job is just the way to make money. Your vocation is pursued in your spare time. A fine example is Einstein’s developing the Theory of Relativity while he was a clerk at a patent office. Happy to have mindless work so he could be free to think about what mattered to him.”



Martin Luther King Jr.

HSPs have a tendency to be passionate about making the world a better place. Our values are incredibly strong and we thrive when we are living them out. Many HSPs work in spiritual ministry, life coaching, non-profits, etc.

So it’s no surprise that one of the most WORLD-CHANGING PEOPLE IN HISTORY is recognized as a Highly Sensitive Person!

This also brings up the reality of being a Highly Sensitive Person and a member of the BIPOC community. While being an HSP already has it’s challenges, it can be especially difficult when you have to face racism and discrimination every day.



Emily Dickinson

The secluded lifestyle. The complex inner life. The high level of creativity. The somber themes within her poetry. The interest in religion and spirituality.

Everything about Emily points to High Sensitivity.

For instance, she is the perfect example of an HSP’s tendency to reflect on the more serious aspects of life without necessarily being upset by it. Just simply reflecting, pondering, and digesting.

Similarly, you can even detect her susceptibility to being over-aroused into introversion in her poem, “I”m Nobody! Who Are You?”


I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!



Alanis Morissette

If you’re a fan of Alanis Morissette, it’s probably no surprise to you that she identifies as a Highly Sensitive Person.

The conflicting personality of a sensitive artist can be heard in every line of “Hand in My Pocket.” The desire to numb the constant flow of emotions is showcased in her song, “Reasons I Drink.” And “That I Would Be Good” presents the every day battle of self acceptance.

Alanis actually interviewed the leading researcher of HSPs in her podcast where they discussed the ins and outs of being Highly Sensitive People. This is an interview I highly recommend checking out, especially for young, sensitive women discovering what they need to thrive in this world.


In the end, these are just a few of the famous Highly Sensitive People noted in history for doing incredible things. You’ll notice each of them thrived in areas relating to creativity, advocacy, and a higher calling. This is such a special aspect of the Highly Sensitive trait because it’s incredibly obvious that HSPs are needed in society to create a beautiful world!

Not sure how you can thrive while being an HSP? Checkout the 10 career paths that allow Highly Sensitive People to thrive while earning a paycheck.



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