It may surprise you to learn that 15 percent to 20 percent of folks in the United States identify as a highly sensitive person (HSP), also known as possessing sensory-processing sensitivity (SPS). But don't think of this as a disorder or medical condition. It's a series of traits that form the personality.

"It's more like a self-identification process. Does the description of an HSP resonate with the person or not?" said Sonia Wright, M.D., a board-certified radiologist, sexual counselor and medical advisor for the Body Agency, an online femtech platform.

Wright added that being an HSP is not something a medical doctor would specifically diagnose.

"You can find out if you are highly sensitive by taking the HSP assessment online," said Lauren Wild, M.Sc., a therapeutic coach and well-being psychologist in the United Kingdom who specializes in helping highly sensitive people.

What does it mean to be highly sensitive?

"An HSP is someone who is more