Highly Sensitive Famous People: There are more than you think!

I have been thinking about this topic for a while, and ironically I came across a couple of great articles the other day that highlighted some highly sensitive famous people! Reading these inspired me to share my take on the topic. 🙂

In an article written by Jim Hallowes, the founder of http://www.highlysensitivepeople.com, these famous leaders and revolutionists are noted as having highly sensitive characteristics; take a look at some of these names!

Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman, Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X, Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, Elenor Rosavelt, Princess Dianna, Sir Issac Newton, Thomas Alva Edison and Jane Goodall.

These famous leaders are admired and recognized as leading through caring for humanity, positive change movements, and self-discovery practices – all things that HSPs are naturally good at.

Famous HSP comedians include: Woody Allen, Jim Carey, Steve Martin, Mel brooks, and Johnny Carson (he was actually very quiet and shy off stage). HSPs are artistic by nature, and they have passion; I love that a lot of us are hilarious!

I also discovered some quotes by famous actors about being highly sensitive:

 “I found films to be turbulent and stressful. They have caused me an enormous amount of anxiety, because I do not have a lot of confidence. You are working, intellectually and mentally, and you are having to be with people and socialize all the time.

  • Julie Christie

“Actors like it, on the whole, but I was not born with that quality. I am very quiet and would much prefer to talk to a few people rather than a crowd.”

“I get emotional all the time. I get emotional every time I make a speech, or talk about other cast members,” she says. “Every now and again, my heart just explodes and expands.”

  • Jennifer Beals

“I was a highly sensitive child, and the last thing my parents wanted was for their child to go in and get hurt…”

“Most actors are highly sensitive people, but you have this incredible scrutiny. You have to develop a thick skin, but you can’t have a thick skin in your work.”

“So it’s that constant push-pull of going, how do I stay human and vulnerable and real, and how do I, at the same time, not let all this affect me?”

  • Nicole Kidman

“I think I was born with a great awareness of my surroundings and an awareness of other people. I know when I really connect with somebody… Sometimes that awareness is good, and sometimes I wish I wasn’t so sensitive.”

  • Scarlette Johansson

“I wouldn’t say my insecurities and shyness have lessened just because of expressing myself through acting, but what has a role in my becoming more confident is the kind of false sense of adoration you get from the business… because I was so insecure, it gives me a reason to be a little more confident.”

  • Taye Diggs

“I’ve never been a suicidal person, but there have definitely been times when I’ve thought, I’m too sensitive for this world right now; I just don’t belong here – it’s too fast and I don’t understand it.”

  • Winona Ryder

“I did not perform well socially in junior high. I was a strange girl and I was in a lot of pain because of that.

  • Claire Danes

Famous HSP singers/songwriters and performers include: Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Elton Jon, Alanis Morissette, Neil young, Jim Morison, Celine Dion, Jewel, Keith Urban, Jack Johnson, Dolly Parton, and Barbra Streisand…way back to Mozzart.

As I grow and become more aware of the HSP trait in myself and others, I find myself thinking about HSPs around the world and all of the dynamic situations that they live in.

When my mind drifts to pop culture and the film industry, I find myself fascinated as I think about how many of them must be HSPs given their deep, beautiful lyrics, energy and connection with crowds as they perform, and their dramatic display of emotions on the screen.

Imagine their lives, especially if they don’t fully understand what being an HSP means! Maybe they’re young up-and-coming stars in their teens and 20s… introverts even.

Regular life as an HSP already has its obstacles with overstimulation and the need for downtime, let alone being in demand by thousands of fans every day.

I think that famous people, more than anyone should be well educated on their HSP trait. I can’t help but think this is why some of them turn to drugs and alcohol as an escape, and as a way of coping with the world coming at them twenty-thousand miles an hour, 24/7, 7 days a week.

What about when they are bashed in a trashy mag or made fun of on twitter? HSPs would take it even HARDER than the average person…

These are the things I think about as I listen to and watch my favorite famous artists.

There is a long list of HSP writers as well:

Edgar Allen Poe, Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Emily Dickenson, Virginia Wolf, E.E. Cummings, James Baldwin, Walt Whitmen and Robert Frost, to name a few.

And I am POSITIVE that there are many more famous authors, singers, actors and leaders in the world who are HSPs.

I had a lot of fun putting together this post for you guys. I certainly can’t help but think, “Wow! look at all these wonderful, world-renowned amazing people named as HSPs… they are like me, they would get me.”

What other famous people do you think are HSPs? There must be so many who haven’t come forth about it. Share some names in a comments below, or on The Sensitive Trait’s Facebook page!

Have a lovely week everyone, thanks for having some fun with me. 🙂

XO Your Fellow HSP, Chelsie

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6 thoughts on “Highly Sensitive Famous People: There are more than you think!

  1. Hello Chelsie,

    Here is my List – as I am German there may be some People you don’t know… This List I have copied from my HS-Blog. Don’t forget all the playmakers in Football/Soccer, like Neymar from brazil. Or other Sports People. Have fun!


    Adele Woody Allen Andreas Biermann i Hildegard von Bingen Thomas Broich i i i i Marc Chagall Charlie Chaplin i Marie Curie i Sebastian Deisler Johnny Depp Zooey Deschanel i Diana Robert Downy jr. Albert Einstein i Michael Ende Robert Enke Colin Firth i Franz Kafka i Robert Gwisdek Cosma Shiva Hagen i Sven Hannawald Hemingway Hermann Hesse Jupp Heynckes i i Friedrich Hölderlin i Michael Jackson Steve Jobs i Carl Jung Immanuel Kant Hape Kerkeling Heinrich von Kleist Miroslav Klose i Andreas Kümmert i Karl Lagerfeld Yves Saint Laurent Astrid Lindgren Ludwig II. Reinhold Mathy i i Freddie Mercury Maria Montessori i Eduard Mörike i i Momo Alanis Morissette Joachim Müller i Isaac Newton Mesut Özil i i Philipp Poisel Ralf Rangnick i Rainer Maria Rilke Jean-Jacques Rousseau Joanne K. Rowling i Rocko Schamoni Romy Schneider Marlene Scotto i Silvia Seidel i i Philipp Jakob Spener Heinz Strunk i Kristian Thees Georg Trakl i Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky i Herman Van Veen i Wilhelm Waiblinger i Ben Wettervogel i Steven Wilson Robin Williams Amy Winehouse

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    1. Hi Melissa, thank you for the comment – this is a great post that you did, we both experienced our life change when we found out that we were HSPs 🙂 – keep in touch!

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