11 Famous Highly Sensitive People You Need To Know About

Last Update on March 13, 2023 : Published on March 13, 2023
Famous Highly Sensitive People

We all experience the world differently. Some of us are unique and interesting while others are creative and conscious. Nevertheless, the differences don’t seem to affect us or overwhelm us more than others. Despite that, some people find all experiences overwhelming and easily get affected by stress.

These people can be put into the category of Highly Sensitive People (HSP). A highly sensitive person experiences things quite differently from others. They are more conscious and process things deeply. Given that, they get affected deeply too. Highly sensitive people are creative and insightful but are also sensitive to stress and other strong emotions.

Did you know that most of us fall into this category? At least 15-20% of adults are highly sensitive (HSP). Because of this number, it’s easy to misunderstand the sensitivity of such people. And even then, we’re slow to accept them into the general category.

Yet, there are highly sensitive people who we’ve embraced just because they are famous personalities. From inventors and entrepreneurs to actors and musicians, there are highly sensitive people all around us and we’re going to be talking about some of the famous highly sensitive people in this blog.

Before we go ahead with the list, let’s take a look at the signs and traits of a highly sensitive person;

Traits Of A Highly Sensitive Person

If you think you or a loved one is a highly sensitive person, then look out for these traits. You can also use these traits as a self-assessment test to learn if you’re a highly sensitive person;

  • They are empathetic
  • They are shy
  • They prefer to stay in isolation
  • They are prone to depression
  • They are a good communicator
  • They think about things too deeply
  • They feel emotions too deeply
  • They don’t like violence and cruelty
  • They get emotionally exhausted easily
  • They get startled easily
  • They get easily lost in daydreams
  • They get upset by change
  • They are perceptive and intuitive
  • They are expressive in relationships

So, are you a highly sensitive person? If you are, then we have a list of famous people who are also highly sensitive that you may relate to. Check out these personalities and let us know in the comments below which personality held your attention and who you could relate to more!

Famous Highly Sensitive People

1. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

We’ll start our list of famous highly sensitive people with the former United States President, Abraham Lincoln. As a highly sensitive person, he was distressed by the bloodshed during the Civil war and was always concerned about the conflict. He was often emotionally depleted and it was evidenced by the weight he lost as a president.

2. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

Considered the world’s number one expert on chimpanzees, Jane Goodall is another personality who can be on our list of famous highly sensitive people. Being a primatologist, she once said, “A sense of calm came over me. More and more often I found myself thinking this is where I belong. This is what I came into this world to do.” She understood her passion and followed what she believed was important.

3. Princess Diana

Princess Diana

We may call her a princess but in reality, she was the “Queen” of our hearts. Princess Diana’s caring, empathetic, selfless, and humble nature won our admiration and love. As a highly sensitive person, she often shone in public and never shied away from helping others if she could. In an interview, Princess Diana once said, “I’d like to be the queen of people’s hearts”

4. Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson, a famous poet, spent her last years in seclusion. She rarely left her house and preferred it that way. Losing her mother, nephew, and friends pushed her into living in isolation and solitude and increased her “nervous disposition”. She mourned deeply and anyone who read her life’s later works might’ve seen her empathetic and creative side.

5. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Better known as Waldo, the poet (also a highly sensitive person) was deeply insightful. In a 2002 article, he was described as “A Gift”. The article also described him as, “full of hope and belief; capable of a genial irony but devoid of cynicism and academic intellectual vanity.”

6. Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

Famous for his innovative style and take on architecture, Wright yearned for more than that. He spent much of his time teaching and exploring his words through his writing. He was also an intuitive person.

7. Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

The famous actress who’s also a sensitive person once said, “I am really very shy. That is something that people never seem to fully grasp because, when you are an actor, you are meant to be an exhibitionist.”

Honorable Mentions:

1. Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

2. Steve Martin

Steve Martin

3. Mozart


4. Elton John

Elton John

If you’re a highly sensitive person then be proud of yourself because you’re amazing and perfect as you are. You are not only perceptive and creative but are also conscious and see the world with a beautiful lens. Your sensitivity is your strength so don’t forget it.

I hope this list of famous highly sensitive people will also inspire you to be as commendable as these leaders, trendsetters, and entertainers. Always keep shining!

Take Care!

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About The Author

Swarnakshi Sharma
Swarnakshi Sharma

Swarnakshi is a content writer at Calm sage, who believes in a healthier lifestyle for mind and body. A fighter and survivor of depression, she strives to reach and help spread awareness on ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues. A spiritual person at heart, she believes in destiny and the power of Self. She is an avid reader and writer and likes to spend her free time baking and learning about world cultures.

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