Once upon a time, there was a woman called Anne-Kathrin Walter. After 22 years of struggling with her sensitivity, she discovered that she in fact is a highly sensitive person.
For the first time in her life, Anne-Kathrin felt peace and self-love from within. There wasn’t anything wrong with her after all and there were more people like her out there!
She wanted to celebrate her trait, as she finally found her people and was able to embrace her trait. But how? What could serve as a reminder to embrace her sensitivity every single day?
After thinking about it for a while, she found the perfect way to express her new-found self-love; a tattoo! In her search for an official symbol for the highly sensitive person, she could not find any.
Therefore, she decided to draw one herself. Anne-Kathrin grabbed her notebook and a pencil and began drawing. After multiple versions, she created a simple, yet powerful symbol for the highly sensitive person.
Feeling happy with the end result, Anne-Kathrin shared the symbol in a community for highly sensitive people. The positive response was overwhelmingly beautiful. People were touched by the symbol and its meaning.
At this point, Anne-Kathrin realized that the symbol carried the power to connect highly sensitive people worldwide. To help them feel proud of their trait. To spread awareness about highly sensitive people and their gifts.
This unique design enlightened a spark within her. A strong desire to do more for the HSP community. Together with her partner Riny, she sat down to think of ways to spread more awareness and knowledge about the trait. HiSensitives was born!
Curious what the HSP symbol stands for? Below, Anne-Kathrin explains the idea behind the design.
“When I began designing the symbol, I initially desired to include the letters H, S, & P – which stand for ‘highly sensitive person’. If you look carefully, you can see how all the letters are incorporated in the design.”
“While designing, I wanted to symbolize how the trait is a part of me that I want to embrace. A trait that I am proud of. Therefore, I added a little dot at the bottom of the P. It serves as an exclamation mark… Here I am!!! And if you turn it around, it visualizes the ‘I’ as in part of my identity.”
“While I initially designed the symbol for myself as a visualization of acceptation of and identification with the trait, it turned out to be so much more than that. Now it serves as a symbol for a community to connect with each other. To feel empowered. To embrace their unique gifts. That is also one of the reasons why we implemented the symbol on our website – to help highly sensitive people with findinding likeminded souls through us.”
Upon request by many of you, we have initiated a unique HSP symbol shop, where you can discover different items with the HSP symbol on them. We donate 5% of all our profit to the organization One Tree Planted. Discover our unique items for highly sensitive people below.
Looking for a simple way to express your love for the HSP trait? We created this minimalistic tote bag design. Purchase it for yourself or gift it to one of your highly sensitive friends!
For the coffee- and tea lovers out there, we’ve created an HSP symbol mug. Express your pride for your HSP trait every day whilst taking a sip of your favorite beverage.