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10 signs you’re highly perceptive (you notice things other people don’t)

When you’re a highly perceptive person, you are able to see the world in a way that is different from everyone else. You have the incredible gift of making accurate judgments from the sensory information you receive.

What an amazing superpower, right? If you want to know if you have this great ability, check out these 10 signs to see if you’re a highly perceptive person.

1) You are a keen observer

Perceptive people are able to pick up on even the littlest of details. This can include minor context clues, sensations, and feelings that others may often overlook.

When you’re outside, you may prefer walking slowly and constantly looking around. This is because you want to get a better look of your surroundings and to notice the people walking beside you.

You may like removing distractions as much as possible so that you can focus more on what you are doing or who you are with. It is also important for you to engage all of your senses at the same time so that you can get a clearer picture of the situation at hand.

It doesn’t matter much whether or not you’re particularly interested in a person, thing, or event. In general, you’re just naturally perceptive with everything around you.

Perhaps you initially thought that everyone thinks the way that you do. But over time, you realized that the natural gift of perception is something that is only given to a select few.

Not everyone can immediately and correctly analyze one’s environment in the way that you can.

2) You are very sensitive to your own self

Perceptive people know that in order to be sensitive to others, they need to have a high level of self-awareness first.

These types of people have a great desire to discover who they are. One of the ways they do this is by consistently meditating and taking note of the thoughts that they have throughout the day.

You are also very aware of your life journey and how you’ve become the person that you are now. This is the lens through which you like to evaluate your present self.

To attain a deeper understanding of who you are, you may find that you always ask yourself questions like the following: What are my specific motivations for pursuing my plans? How do I live out my chosen values every day? What do my natural tendencies say about my personality?

When you’re experiencing intense emotions, you may also like asking yourself what caused these particular feelings.

Let’s say you reacted negatively to a comment that your friend made or you impulsively lashed out at your significant other. If these types of situations happen, you really think hard and look deep within yourself to know the reasons why you acted in the extreme way that you did.

But aside from asking yourself tough questions, you also like getting feedback from those who are close to you.

For instance, you may be curious about how your friends describe your personality. Or maybe you want to know their honest opinion of what they think of your decisions.

3) You take note of trends and patterns

Perceptive people are particularly talented at making the right judgments on people, things, and environments.

One way that you may have developed this extraordinary ability is by taking note of trends, patterns, and repeating events. From these observations, you are able to predict what is most likely to happen and how people are likely to react.

Overall, perceptive people are able to avoid jumping to conclusions by taking advantage of their past experiences and observations. This point then brings us to the next sign.

4) You are experienced in the ways of the world

There are just some people who are avid learners. Perceptive people are usually one of them.

They seek to regularly go outside of their comfort zones in order to challenge and better themselves.

Perceptive people constantly strive to be more empathetic towards other people. They know that effectively putting yourself in people’s shoes can only be done if you’re continually exposed to different events, opportunities, and ways of living.

You may also like exploring new places and traveling around the world. Perceptive people are often filled with a lot of wanderlust because they want to get away from the unfamiliar.

When you go through difficult times, you may also like developing relevant learnings and insights from these kinds of experiences. Ultimately, your goal is to keep growing and improving as an individual.

You may also like seeking advice from those who are more experienced than you. Perceptive people like soaking up any nuggets of wisdom they can get from others.

5) You are a good listener

Perceptive people like cultivating the habit of listening first before speaking. They do this not just to be polite, but because they want to learn as much as they can about another person.

When listening, they don’t have any secret agendas to steer a conversation one way or another. You don’t like interrupting anyone just so you can have the final say.

Perceptive people also don’t want the discussion to be all about themselves. They are willing to put aside their own needs first because they genuinely love getting insight into the minds of other people.

Even when another person is asking you for your advice, you don’t immediately give your opinion on an issue until you’ve absorbed everything the person has to say. As much as you would like to help, you know that it would be more beneficial if you take the time to listen first.

You are also able to make others feel heard by acknowledging what they are saying.

This could be through simple gestures like nodding your head or briefly reacting to the things they share. Doing this makes others feel comfortable to share their thoughts with you.

Another mark of a good listener is if you actually remember everything that has been shared with you. This means that you have genuine care and concern for the people that you are talking to.

You also know that the silence that comes from listening can speak volumes about who you are. Being naturally perceptive, the person that you want to become is someone who is naturally open-minded and curious about the world around you.

6) You also like asking questions

Aside from listening intently, perceptive people have the habit of asking specific and thoughtful questions. Their purpose is so that they can be more knowledgeable about what other people are thinking and feeling.

You’re not the type to ask questions just for the sake of it. In other words, there’s a lot of intention and consideration behind every question you ask.

When you ask these kinds of questions, this shows that you are very interested and that you sincerely want to know more about the person that you are talking to.

These types of people also like probing deeper and being critical of the information that is relayed to them. They like questioning why things are the way they are because it ultimately allows them to get a better understanding of people and circumstances.

7) You can read people well

If you’re a perceptive person, you have a deep understanding of the people you are with.

You tend to spot liars easily. It’s not difficult for you to tell when people are putting on a facade and lying about their true selves.

To read people well, you also don’t automatically assume certain things about a person.  It is not like you to simply accept the obvious. You would rather challenge assumptions, stereotypes, and preconceived notions.

Before judging another person, you prefer taking the time to think things through. You don’t rule anything out and you don’t make hasty judgment calls until you have significant reason to do so.

A perceptive person is also good at reading body language, facial expressions, and verbal cues to interpret what others may be feeling and thinking. You are used to inferring a lot of information from minor and subtle clues.

Here are a few examples: Do you notice when your friend can’t seem to look you in the eye? Can you easily observe changes in her tone of voice depending on who she’s talking to? Are you quick to notice when other people adjust their postures to appear more confident?

To further read someone, you also use many other factors to make an educated guess. This can include one’s appearance, preferences, vocabulary, and relationships, among others.

For instance, when you’re with other people, do you often notice the difference in the language they use in meetings compared to when they’re at home?

Do you find yourself constantly wondering what it means if someone often buys insanely expensive clothes? Is it normal for you to think about how your friend’s particular way of walking says a lot about his personality?

It’s actually crazy how much you can find out about a person just by looking at their appearance.

All in all, you use these signs to get to each person’s inner truth and beliefs. You are truly interested in knowing what people are like deep down inside.

What are their most treasured priorities and values? How about their deepest fears and insecurities? These are the types of questions that you want to know the answers to.

8) You are very aware of your environment

A highly perceptive person is also able to correctly sense the energy in a room. Can you sense tension building up before anyone even says anything? Do you easily notice when people aren’t comfortable in the same room?

Maybe you’re also aware of which social situations drain you and which ones bring you endless energy. You are able to do this by fully being present in the moment and not letting yourself get distracted by unnecessary things.

Given the general aura of the room, you are able to get more context about how you can act more appropriately. You may also find yourself using this awareness to facilitate group discussions better or to avoid group conflict just as it is about to start.

9) You have a tendency to overthink

Perceptive people are able to take in a lot of sensory information all at once. They have the ability to pay attention to even the tiniest of details.

This is definitely a great trait to have, but people like this may still need to exercise caution. Because of this information overload, some perceptive people may be prone to overthinking and overanalyzing.

Being a natural thinker can be a good thing if this leads you to judgments and solutions that are accurate and deeply profound.

But it can also be considered as a bad thing when it is done too much and taken to the extreme. Do you often find yourself unable to control how much you think? This is a sign that you have to take a break from unnecessarily observing and analyzing everything that comes your way.

10) You are good at solving problems

In total, all of the traits listed above have helped you become a really good problem solver.

You love using your natural talent in determining patterns and observing trends to get to the root of an issue. Perceptive people are able to take a look at the bigger picture first so that they can identify the appropriate solutions to a particular problem.

Your peers may also find you to be very insightful because of your ability to connect different external factors together to form a logical conclusion.

A perceptive person may also prefer listening to his/her intuition often. Making decisions based on your gut feeling allows you to think outside the box and to be more creative.

So are you a highly perceptive person?

If you don’t necessarily see yourself in these signs, there’s no need to overly stress about it. All of us can work towards being more perceptive over time.

The key is in constantly surrounding yourself with new experiences, people, and situations. Make it a habit to notice, ask questions, and not accept prevailing beliefs automatically. If you do this consistently, your perception will naturally get better over time.

But if, after reading this article, you can confidently say that you’re a highly perceptive person, that’s absolutely great!

Remember that perception is a great power to have and therefore, it must be used wisely. Continue to observe the world around you with a kind and grateful heart.

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Written by Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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