Recently I learned about a term that explains so much about my personality.
It turns out, there are people who are known as HSP’s on this planet.
To be specific, this term refers to highly sensitive people. These are human beings who are uniquely tuned into their environments and have a difficult time filtering out the extraneous stimuli that aren’t necessary for staying alive. This is why certain people are so concerned about controlling their indoor environments when it comes to lighting, sound infiltration, and even temperature control. I will admit right now that I’m extremely sensitive when it comes to indoor air temperature. I am a bit of a thermostat control freak because I don’t do well when my body is feeling too hot or too cold. I can’t turn off the uncomfortable sensations and I get very distracted if my indoor air quality is not on par. That being said, it can be even more difficult to control your indoor air temperature and environment when you have a loud dog disturbing the entire household. While I’m sensitive to temperatures, I’m also extremely sensitive to sound pollution. Unfortunately, my desire for consistent indoor air temperature also intermingles with my aversion to my family dog barking. Because the dog never shuts his mouth I can never concentrate, and because we have a central heating and cooling system I can always hear the dog’s barks echoing through the central HVAC ductwork. I can’t close my air vent to block out the sound of the dog because then I will receive the high-quality indoor air that I need. As you can see, thanks to our air conditioning and heating equipment operating on a duct-system, my highly sensitive personality makes life very difficult.