A highly sensitive person is programmed to be that way. In fact, the journal Brain and Behavior conducted a study that had some surprising results. What they discovered is that the regions of the brain associated with empathy and awareness when viewing emotional pictures of others became far more active than that of the average person, meaning highly sensitive people are designed to have certain feelings and behaviors that are not as common among, well, everyone else.If you love a highly sensitive person, then understanding how highly sensitive people tick will better help you communicate with them and strenthgen your relationship. Here are 10 things you need to know about the highly sensitive person in your life.

1. Not all highly sensitive people are introverts

A highly sensitive person can be just as outgoing as the next person. Introversion is not a requirement to be sensitive. Think about it. If all highly sensitive people were introverts who stayed at home avoiding people, who would benefit from their compassion and kindness?

2. They cry

When a commercial airs for the Humane Society that shows abused and neglected animals, expect a highly sensitive person to cry if they don’t run out of the room fast enough. These people have so much empathy for the suffering of others that just reading a news headline can send them into tears. These people feel more deeply than most others and crying is a normal, healthy reaction to these feelings.