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Highly Sensitive to Electronics? It can be quite shocking! ⚡️

Updated: Jan 15, 2021

There are so many ways being an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) can express itself. For me, it includes electronic sensitivities. You might even say that I have an "electric personality", even though I am an introvert. Lol.

Having a highly sensitive body and soul, I feel the electrical energy around me in many different ways:

  • Energy of another person's state of mind or emotions

  • Energetics of a room - current or past imprint of emotions

  • Power lines and transformers

  • Electromagnetic fields (EMF's) from all of our high tech devices.

  • Electronic debris from electrical items in disrepair

  • WiFi, cellular data, smart meters and other signal seeking technology

⚡️ Electricity in the Atmosphere

I have always been hypersensitive to electrical fields. I have a very hard time relaxing in areas of San Francisco due to all the overhead power lines for the cable cars. If you think of what happens to your hair when you rub a balloon on your head.... well that is what I imagine my whole body looks like around electricity!

Many HSP's have heightened sensory memories, and some of us even have photographic minds to go with it. The beautiful image below is not only visually vivid, but for me it is also sensorily vivid. The memory of this setting is literally so close to the surface that I get physical sensations as I recall my experience. Although it's an extremely beautiful capture of the overhead web of cables, it also reminds me of the buzzing I experience when physically under them. This memory makes my skin crawl and I get goosebumps along with feeling chills. I am squirming in my chair and need to look away.

⚡️ Static Electricity

I often get electrical static shocks from touching almost any type of material, not just the typical occasional zap from metal objects or an innocent light switch. Our bodies are highly electric and I believe an electrolyte deficiency can be detrimental to anyone like me that is so sensitive to electronics. I also think our hearts are extremely vulnerable to electrical imbalances - both internally and externally. This may mean it's even more important for us as humans to stay grounded. Most HSP's love and crave being in nature, and walking barefoot or touching a tree can be a type of "reset button" for anyone. I find I don't get zapped as often after getting grounded. Mother nature can be cleansing in so many ways. She knows what to do with my electrical debris.


I, like many HSP's, can feel electrical signals more intensely. Electronics can resonate with our energy field to enhance our lives, or they can invade too deeply and deplete us. I have noticed a two-way street between me and these non-human objects. Since everything is energy, I not only receive vibrations but I can also send them to adjust and repair. You would be surprised and probably not believe how many times I have saved my car or phone battery by focusing my energy and attention to their recharging. It makes sense if the field between you and electrical items is blurred and co-mingling in other ways, why not try it!?


When you can feel someone else's emotions, it is like another electrical field that is transmitting energy. Your heart is literally sending out pulses and vibrations that sensitive people can feel. Love can transmit easily between two people because they are on the same wave length. If you feel agitation that may mean you aren't resonating with them. It could also mean that we need to find our reset or restart button. Just like our devices, we can clear all the stored data that is not relevant to the task at hand. I find a good cry can clear all the residual cobwebs from past conversations and upsets. Tears are a great way for HSP's to wash away the previous energy and start fresh, with renewed space for future interactions.

⚡️Zap! ⚡️Does a shock zap your energy?

There are many physical and symbolic energy zaps. Recently, I was pondering the phrase "zap your energy" because I get a spark so often from static electricity, and perhaps not coincidentally get exhausted easily. Many HSP's also speak of difficult situations as zapping their energy, requiring some down time to recover.

My theory is that we as HSP's require more electrolytes than most people. I think our magnetic personalities and compassion need to be fed in a way that perhaps food cannot offer. It seems science has not yet understood the relationship between our energy being drained and the need for a different kind of "nutrition". I believe the invisible food that nature gives us is every bit as crucial as the vitamins and minerals we ingest.

⚡️️️Sparks of inspiration or redirection?

Spiritually speaking, those zaps could also be intentional sparks. Maybe we need to stop and "shake it off", giving us time to address something we may have ignored. Was there a message of inspiration we were about to miss? Or zap, we are in need of a redirection in life - since perhaps a whisper from our higher self was left unheard?

Maybe bundles of invisible spiritual sparks lay dormant and can get triggered, zapping us begging to be felt. They show themselves seemingly when you least expect it, or perhaps when you are emotionally prepared to deal with or heal them.

⚡️Inner work

I know that some of those dormant internal sparks can also contain genetic wisdom and talents that got passed down. My inner child is also my higher self and she has zapped me often as if jumping up and waving to say, “Don’t forget about me!” I look back now and can truly appreciate the gifts and skills I gained from my journey that have made me who I am today.

⚡️Human Contact

I often give other people static electricity shocks when I least expect it - and by now I should expect it! Co-workers and friends innocently reach to give me something or get near me and zap! Sometimes we laugh and sometimes I get dirty looks as if I did it on purpose. Now there's a super power - if I could only control it. Lol. The shock that surprises me most is when I reach for the running water to wash my hands and zap!

My boyfriend, Bill, and I have learned that we need to start with an "Eskimo" kiss and touch noses before we commit to a real kiss! Often we still get zapped and laugh so hard we can't even kiss. But a zap to the nose is easier to handle than those intense shocks to our lips. Bill even changed all the metal screws on light switch plates in the house since he noticed my electrical light shows and "ouches". However, I can still receive shocks from even plastic items!

I have accepted my electric personality. I realize that life is reminding me that just like electrical current flows from negative electrons to positive, we can shift our own experiences - with conscious awareness - from negative to positive. Our soul reminds us to stop and pay attention with those sparks and zaps of life. We owe it to ourselves to listen AND feel!

~ Love, Sparky (aka Tami)

The ⚡️zap ⚡️of emotional electricity from the love of your children is VERY welcomed!

Tami is grateful for all of her Highly Sensitive Person traits because they have made her who she is today: an optimistic, nurturing soul, full of great compassion. Being a mother has been her hardest and most rewarding job since her unique and sensitive children have been her greatest inspiration and teachers. She is currently writing a series of children’s books for HSP families The Sunshine Books. Follow this link for more of her heartfelt ponderings about highly sensitive people. Or sign-up above for her weekly emails as she continues writing for you.

{Copyright 2019 - 2021 - Most photos are the property of Tamara S. Graham unless noted otherwise}

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