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24 Signs of a Highly Sensitive Person

Highly sensitive people often “feel too much” and “feel too deep.”

Posted Nov 05, 2017

Are you a highly sensitive person? Do you know someone in your personal or professional life who may be highly sensitive? High sensitivity can be defined as acute physical, mental, and emotional responses to external (social, environmental) or internal (intra-personal) stimuli. A highly sensitive person may be an introvert, an extrovert, or somewhere in between.

Although there are many positive aspects of being a sensitive person (such as greater ability to listen and affirm, greater empathy and intuitiveness, better understanding of others’ wants and needs, etc.), in this writing we will focus on aspects of high sensitivity which adversely affect one’s health, happiness and success, and often complicate relationships. Below are 24 signs of a highly sensitive person, with excerpts from my books: “Are You Highly Sensitive? How to Gain Immunity, Peace, and Self-Mastery” and “How to Communicate Effectively with Highly Sensitive People”. These traits are organized into three major categories: Sensitivity About Oneself, Sensitivity About Others, and Sensitivity About One’s Environment.

While many people may experience some of these signs from time to time, a highly sensitive person will likely “feel too much” and “feel too deep.” Some individuals may be highly sensitive to just one or two stimuli, while others may be strongly affected by more on the list.

Category One: Sensitivity About Oneself

1. Often has difficulty letting go of negative thoughts and emotions

2. Frequently feels physical symptoms (i.e. stress or headache) when something unpleasant happens during the day

3. Often has bad days that affect eating and/or sleeping habits in an unhealthy way, such as eating or sleeping too much or too little

4. Often experiences tension or anxiety

5. Tends to “beat oneself up” when falling short of own expectations

6. Is afraid of rejection, even in relatively minor situations

7. Compares self with others often (in physical, relational, social, work, financial, or other scenarios), and experiences unhappy feelings from negative social comparison

8. Often feels anger or resentment about situations in life or in society which seem unjust, aggravating, or simply annoying

Category Two: Sensitivity About Others

9. Often thinks/worries about what others are thinking

10. Tends to take things personally

11. Finds it difficult, when triggered by relatively small unpleasantness with people, to just “let it go”

12. Feels hurt easily

13. Often hides negative feelings, believing they are too strong, turbulent, embarrassing or vulnerable to share; keeps a lot of negative emotions inside

14. Alternatively, often discusses negative emotions with others because there’s a lot of “drama” in one’s life

15. Has a hard time accepting critical feedback, even when it’s given reasonably and constructively

16. Often feels like people are judgmental, even when there’s no strong evidence

17. Often overreacts to real or perceived slights and provocations

18. Often feels awkward in group situations and feels unable to be oneself

19. Feels self-conscious in romantically intimate situations; excessively worries about partner’s approval; is unreasonably afraid of being judged or rejected by partner

Category Three: Sensitivity About One’s Environment

20. Feels uncomfortable in large public crowds, in a room full of people talking, or when too many things are occurring simultaneously

21. Feels uncomfortable when exposed to bright lights, loud sounds, or certain strong scents

22. Startles easily at sudden noises, fast traffic, or other unpleasant surprises

23. Often feels upset when watching or reading negative news in the media. Dislikes “shock” entertainment (i.e. intensely scary or violent shows)

24. Often feels unhappy when following people’s posts on social media

Again, although there are many positive qualities to being a highly sensitive person, this article focuses on aspects of high sensitivity which adversely affect one’s happiness and well-being. While some highly sensitive individuals are affected by just one or two of the traits above, others may be overstimulated by more on the list.

For many highly sensitive people, the key to managing oversensitivity is to utilize emotional immunity and sensory immunity strategies, to calm and alleviate overstimulation. For those who live or work with highly sensitive individuals, effective communication skills are a must to foster positive and constructive relationships.

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Rings true

Loved this article and learned more about myself.

but I don’t get it.

Hello there, thanks for taking the time to write this. ^^

I don’t get it though, here I find myself in almost all traits of the two first categories (all from cat. one, two or three excluded from cat. two), yet I also found myself in another article from PT (the three kinds of Narcissistic Disorders), and realized I most certainly am a Closet Narcissist.

Is it possible to be both a Closet Narcissist and be highly sensitive though? Doesn’t sensitivity require genuine empathy? I’m not sure to be feeling any true, genuine empathy, although I try!

As I want to be a good, kind hearted and understanding, positive person, I believe a work on myself can help me achieve that. But I’d firstly have to understand myself first, and unfortunately, I’m kinda confused here?

Anyway, thanks a lot.
Have a great day! 🙂

Hi Ishtar-Innana

Well, I am really touched by the effort you are putting into knowing yourself better. I’m not sure if you are really a serious narcissist because usually a real full-blown narcissist never questions their behavior at all, and they’re mean, too. You seem like a very kind person! But from what I’ve read, narcissists are very sensitive people, when it’s about themSELVES. I’ve known a few and if you say the wrong thing, wow watch out. They may not retort right away but when they do, it’s really really scary. Anyway, I just wanted to say I admire you for working on being more self-aware. I am, too. I am constantly googling different behaviors, etc. 🙂 Cheers.

A blessing and a curse

Being highly sensitive is both a blessing and a curse.

For an over sensitive person the overriding constant is that of a permanent feeling of disappointment in the human race and its indifference to the suffering of others.

I feel too much and I don’t understand how others don’t feel the same way. It’s as if they have something missing.

When I hear about someone in the news being murdered I imagine how the victim must have felt.. How they suffered and this feels unbearable.

This ‘sadness’ is amplified by a culture that seemingly takes delight in entertaining itself with re-enactments of these types of crimes. There is an undeniable hypocrisy at play too when people enjoy violence yet would hate to be on the receiving end of it themselves.

It’s very easy to become a misanthrope.

There are also the ‘hunches’ and gut feelings that other non sensitives dismiss and ridicule – that later on down the line prove to be correct.

Ultimately the problem is not sensitive people, the problem is a world populated by both sensitive and insensitive people at the same time and the jarring conflict this causes – the selfishness and callousness that’s borne of the insensitive mindset..

If everyone were sensitive or everyone were insensitive then life would be much simpler.

Marilyn Monroe was very sensitive apparently. She got upset seeing freshly caught fish gasping for air. It upset her because she empathised with them so much. Is this a good thing or bad thing?

I tend to think of sensitive people as being like cultural ‘barometers’ who feel the pain of others and become forced to remind society of its actions. Like a voice of conscience.

If we all had more empathy perhaps the world would be a better place. But living is easier if you don’t care.

Thank you for sharing. The world would certainly be a better place if more people have empathy and compassion!

Can I share this in my blog?

Hi,Preston.
I am a graduate from China.This article is helpful,and I wanna share it in my blog.I wonder if i can translate it into Chinese(probably some sentences’ meaning may be changed which worries me),and obviously I will note where it comes from.
thanks for your reply.

Can you let me know your first and last name, and show me the link to your blog?

Preston Ni, M.S.B.A.
Professor of Communication Studies

sorry for the late reply.My last name is Lin(林 in China),or you can call me ‘Wammy’.Oh,’Psychology Today’ doesn’t allow URLs in comments.My blog is Sina weibo in China some like Twiter or you can search ‘L·Wammy’. I’m not sure that whether you can watch it successfully because sometimes it needs to log in first. I registed it in 2014 but hardly post anything.I decide to take postgraduate entrance examination in psychology this year,so I wanna read some articles written in English,and translate into Chiness to strengthen my memory.

I am unable to locate your blog. Go to the top of this article, and click on my name under my photo. You will see a biography page where you can email me directly under “contact” to discuss your request further.

Preston Ni
Professor of Communication Studies

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Hi Ella, your comments made

Hi Ella, your comments made my day. I have always been a sensitive child and grew up being a sensitive wife, mother and worker. I tried to downplay my over-sensitivity and question my judgement about myself and others over & over. This would only aggravate my self doubt and make me feel worse.

I came to realise that being sensitive is just who I am, and I try to live with it. Hence, I take delight in your insightful comment of being a “cultural barometer” in the society. I will cherish these words of yours and keep it close to my heart.

Thank you for your kind words. They made my day too.

It’s very nice to see you have some fans here of your wise and thoughtful words. I’m totally with you. I just feel that everything affects me too strongly (or I let everything affect me? It’s really hard to tell), and I feel I’m really becoming a blanket misanthrope, disgusted with humanity’s insensitivity to certain things. Worse yet, I find myself sometimes acting just as insensitive, usually as a result of pessimistic despair. But I know this does nothing to help, either.

I’m working my way through this (still need to practice mindfulness. I think I’m enjoying the “pain” of toxic shame and self-loathing too much), but I clearly understand where you are coming from. Negative as I am about most of the people in the world, this just makes my joy at finding souls like you all the more greater, and I take value in those special and quite literal “diamonds in the rough” that exist and are there to gently tell other sensitive souls, “You are not alone–I quite understand.”

Thank you for indirectly helping me in that way. I apologize to you (and the world) for my sometimes hateful and negative nature, and hope I will overcome it soon. I know love and compassion (for others AND the self) is the answer. I just feel like I’m a long way from feeling it. :,(

Accept my love in the meantime, though, and thank you for yours. All my blessings and light to you.

Thank you, Ella

Hey, I just wanted to add my thanks for your comment. You took the words out of my mouth & I’m with you in that I find it difficult to not become cynical with the world. It hurts a lot sometimes.

I will never understand how people can not be upset by suffering. Even something as “lowly” as a fish. As a child, I was ridiculed by my own family for the very same thing – as if empathy is an absurd concept. Now, I see it for the strength that it is.

It’s helpful for me to see that there are others that get it exactly. Everything you wrote. Thank you again.

A Blessing & A Curse

Hi Ella.I just discovered the term HSP & Empath.I’m not even going to say my age but I’m old.lol I never thought anyone feels the same as me.I totally relate to you.One thing I do is “feel” others emotions.I tend to take the on as my own.I don’t know if I’m HSP &/or an empathic synesthesia.If someone touches there face I can’t feel it or I don’t feel there physical pain only emotions & very strongly.I can tell when someone is lying even putting on a show for me.I don’t “read minds”. Good luck & Peace to all.

Am looking forward to this new journey

I am brand new to the concept of HSP, but recognized myself right away. (am trying to not over-think this comment. I will just type.). My first adopted coping mechanism is to understand “highly”-sensitive does not necessarily mean “too-” or “overly-“. Those sound to me like criticisms. All of my life I have heard I was too sensitive, now I know I am just highly sensitive. I feel a freedom I have never felt before. I appreciate being able to see subtleties others don’t see. My view is rich and often beautiful (I didn’t know others don’t see the world this way – but it explains a lot). I have to work on negative responses, most often turned inward. My temperament is not a defect it is my viewpoint. Honestly, I kind of love it. (I do stay away from violent entertainment and don’t delve too deeply into such news – it doesn’t lead to anywhere good). I look forward to finding a balance and self-appreciation I have been looking for for a long time. Can’t change my temperament, but I can filter how I react to things. Am relieved that this biggest part of me is not a disorder, just the way I am. I can be highly sensitive without being highly negative. (will post, before I change my mind)

Beautifully stated. More power to you, Irene!

“A blessing & a curse” is what I’m always referring it being.

It took me many years of living to discover that not all people have the same magnitude of sensitivity as I do. I don’t know why I ever Just assumed everyone did. Lol. When I married and had children is when the realization that not everyone not only thinks like I do, but my sweet, amazing children, who I raised to be sensitive and caring, did not get the same amount of sensitively or came close to my own. So the amount of sensitivity one has can not be passed down and will certainly not rub off on others, even in the mother-child relationship. So I began to think why this was not the case? I have a couple of theories, of my own, I would like to share, if that’s okay?
1) Life experiences.
Everyone’s experiences in their lives very so dramatically. For instance I faced a lot of adversity in my life at a fairly young age. My mom tried to commit suicide 2 times then left our family when I was 12 years old. When I was 14 they finally divorced and I lived with my father. Then my father had a mental breakdown when I was 16 and I was forced to go live with my mom and her new husband and their new baby that I never met before. Well to speed this up a bit, when I was 29 and married, our first child Austin hurt himself and needed a couple of stitches by an oral surgeon in the hospital that I took him to. He was only 19 months old and the joy of our lives! He died that day in the hospital before even getting the stitches. The anesthesia the anesthesiologists gave our toddler ended up shutting down all his organs and a simple procedure ended up in the worst possible outcome. A million to 1 outcome, that changed how I viewed this life and people forever.. my children did not grow up with suicide, divorce, being left by both mother then father, for no apparent reason, death of a toddler etc., etc. these experiences are what are called going through the refiners fire. They molded me into the person I’ve become. A person that knows how fragile life is in so many ways that can’t take for granted what I might have done if I had not faced sadness, adversity, abandonment and grief. It made me more sensitive to other’s adversities and more appreciative and aware of every tender mercy of kindness others showed me and I to them. Im sure many of you can relate?
2) The Spirit we came down to this earth with,
I believe each one of us is born with special gifts, strengths etc. This is of course more on the side of religious belief, yet one I firmly believe to be true.
So what’s your thoughts?

It’s a gift if controllable

Hi Ella, you mentioned some key points that I experience myself as an HSP.

I went through many years of disappointment. Hopping from one job to another cause I was not fulfilled in life nor the environments I was working in. Most jobs were in the government. It depletes me being in an office environment.

One thing you mentioned that really hit home was your empathy towards murder victims. I will take on the pain of the victim, their family and their friends. I will mentally recreate the whole scene in my head of what might have happened and reflect how scared that person must have felt in that time. Here I thought I was the only one who thinks these things.

In addition, I tend to get overwhelmed quite easily. If I message someone and they don’t respond I think negatively and question if I did something wrong.

On the plus side, I am a great listener. Most of my friends tell me all about their problems. I have a high sense of intuition. I can sense things much deeper and quicker than most.

My goal is to acknowledge these feelings and try to work through them by first identifying them and using coping strategies to overcome the negative ones. It’s a work in process but I’m trying.

Keep your head up. I understand you and I’m sure another 15-20% of the world population does too 🙂

Thank you for your comment.

I feel very angry about society’s attitude to violence. Slasher films etc are immoral in my eyes and horrifyingly fascinating as they may be, serial killers are not a phenomenon to celebrate, they are a cancer.

If I were rich I would become a film maker and I would set out to make a film documentary which focuses on the friends and relatives of the the victims of serial killers.

The film would be made up of interviews with the grieving relatives and friends so that we, the viewer, get a glimpse of the whole person the victim was. So we know and feel that they are us instead of the usual process of cultural celebration whereby the victim is reduced to a meer statistic. As far as I know this has never been done before.

The aftermath of violence is never confronted or explored in Hollywood but it needs to be.

(If any film makers with a passion for social justice are reading this. )

Ella.THANK YOU

your kind comments are so spot on,I wander if u ve had
a loss in either family or a friend to murder? My daughter
was 21yrs old,missing for 5 weeks ,found by police, murdered,
no clothes on in a ditch.She was 1 of 5 women found
in various sites ,killed by the same serial killer. Only HE
knows what he did+ how HE did it+where.I have awful
nightmares of her last moments,did she know what HE
was going to do?did he torture,tease?What were her last
thoughts?Dumped like a piece of rubbish. Constant
dramas,docus, programmes still aired almost daily/weekly
with different titles are on tv +its been 11 years now. The
scum ,money making tv producers still occasionally contact me reg a new programme!they get the rudest reply ever,makes no difference.They do what they want,
they cant understand my distress,only families that have
been through similar will understand. Everytime i hear of
a new murder committed, I immediately think of victims
final thoughts/moments,+their poor families/friends.We
understand each other+have an instant connection.
I used to have 2 friends live near me who had been through similar but 1 lady died, the other moved,so
ive no1 now to connect with. I must carry on because
of my son/partner. it gets more difficult. Some people
glamourise killers,especially serial k s, they look up to
them! Some women even write to them +admire them!
Young men hear of killers crimes +want to be a
copycat killer!thanks again Ella for being understanding. you are an amazing person.

Victim support

Hi Charlene, you are not alone, I am HSP too, & also relative of murder victim. I am daughter. It affects every one in family. & I always get very upset when hearing stuf on TVs about other murder victims. I always think about his last miniuts when he realised he was going to die. I take so much of other people’s problems on board, it makes me poorly.
I have to go on for my own family, but sometimes wish I didn’t have to wake up. The war zone, poor starving kids over the world. Animal crulity. It’s endless. My job is in beauty therapist do always listening to clients woes. I feel very sorry for every living animal, & am vegetarian because of it. It makes me sad reading your letter & I want to say you are strong & brave lady, don’t know how I could carry on if it was my daughter. God bless Charlene, keep positive & battle on. Every day is a battle, & we must get up every morning & fight the battle. I’m sure ‘Good’ will win over ‘evil’.

Hola..
I like violent movies..bc I can for two hours live vicariously via gangsters murderous revenges.
I get what you saying, about your thoughts on Hollywood and violent movies being immoral;
But it’s the social justice warriors I got quarrel.
Oop!

Resource to help

Hi Ella and Caalvin,

Thank you for sharing your posts. I believe you may find my e-book on this topic beneficial. Google:

“Are You Highly Sensitive? How to Gain Immunity, Peace, and Self-Mastery!”

Preston Ni, M.S.B.A.
Professor of Communication Studies

The Real HSp got my back!

I definitely am a HSP.
Im also a Borderline Personality.
I got no healthy relationships. My 3 adult kids really, honestly dont like to be around me. Its true! Though they say, “Cmon mom, we love you..blah. blahh. blahhh. ” Im not boohooing about it, just conceding.

I got no friends, other than a few, I mean less than 4, from church; that I only see them on Sundays. Most, I mean seriously, 95% people I work with do not like or respect me enough to be genuine about it. Yes, yes, my crass, crude, raw personality has much to do about that. I am what I am.
(Im supposed to accept what it is, right, Psychology Today??)

I am an HSP. Bright lights and crowds, and Emergency vehicle sirens and multi tasking work assignments and social gatherings, and physical pain, and workplace holiday parties are mid to highl-level intolerable for me.

However, violent movies like the Alien franchise, Godfather franchise, Scarface, The Terminator franchise, and combat sports such as BOXING and MMA, do not bother me.

It is what it is, right.

It is what it is, right.

But still from what I read, you seem fine. If you truly treat others as you’d like to be treated, and can communicate that, I don’t see why I wouldn’t want to be your friend.

Counterproductive

This is just another gratuitous way to feel good about one’s self and ignore the problem. A highly “sensitive” person could be someone who is more perceptive and takes more in–without that being painful or overwhelming but that is not the case. If stimulus is frequently painful or overwhelming, that’s a highly stressed person. There are many ways to reduce stress and thereby resolve “sensitivities.” If one doesn’t see it as a problem that needs resolution, where does that leave one? The world will suddenly admire your sensitivities, your pain and overwhelm? Yeah, probably not.

I am confused help

um yeah. So I am 15 y/old. And i have a problem with being really sensitive, get bothered by stuff easily, especially randome thoughts like f.ex ”oh this random dudes voice is cooler than yours” like litteral nothing can make me feel like trash sometimes. And it all started in secoundary school, and so i thought, well its just puberty and you know one can get alittle sensitive in puberty and stuff. So yeah, but honestly, looking atm y clasmates and stuff, i am not really sure. I have had multiple episodes of me just crying and my classmates saying i am too sensitive or whatever. fuck, i meen i guess its who i am and i love myself and everybody is unique and if thats me then thats me. But the thing is that before secoundary school i cant recall being sensitive at all, had no troubles at all. i remember in 2 grade in primary i even got bullied but i didnt iven bat an eye i just kept on going to school every day and had fun. not that i dont have fun now HAVE FUN ALOT but its just that i am sensitive and when something happends i tend to take it personal and it kinda sucks :p. sorry if this came out as messy, im just alittle confused as to what is actually happening in my life right now. Its either just puberty, but that doesnt seem right, it seems like theres something more to it. Or its that i am a oversensitive person, but honestly i havnt been that before secoundary school and stuff so i haave no clue. any answer would be appreciated ^__^ thanks

this just simply means that youre a normal person. u can call it puberty or growing up or whaterever but here you go – u r realising stuff that others dont or didnt before. plus we all over-analye sometimes. but then we learn to adjust and not get mental, and when we r okey – we can help others too, etc etc. anyways, lifes supposed to be complicated etc etc.
peace!

Your Thoughts Please

If the readers want to respond: I am somewhat highly sensitive and don’t usually think this is a good trait. Would you be friends with a Mom who is bothered easily. Very simple question with little details. But any response would help. Lights and sounds are almost never an issue. More like taking things personally.

HSP ignored

I am a HSP but no one in my family knows this except my deceased mother. Rejected all the time at work, church, from siblings, my children and starting to be more introverted as I age. This seems safer for my heart .

You made points, but this

You made points, but this article seems to make sensitive people sound worse. First of all, experiencing tension/anxiety would not necessarily result in sensitivity. Just because you have a higher reaction to certain things does not make you sensitive. There is a lot of generalizing in this. I could ask so many people to characterize how sensitive people are and I bet hardly anyone would generalize this bad, even if I asked for input similar to this and just as comprehensive, if not more. This seems like a very stereotypical view of a highly peevish self-conscious pessimistic “negative” worrier that complains and whines about everything mixed with a very ungrateful attitude. Sensitivity is not directly tied to that many things. This seems to lack any real basis.

I must agree.

I think there is a LOT of generalisation here too. But I find that with a lot of PT articles. I think another way of thinking about it is that a ‘highly sensitive’ person can also be incredibly understanding, intuitive, and empathetic. Better that than be a selfish insensitive jerk who is emotionally null & void.

“Since adolescence I have wondered why so many people take pleasure in humiliating others. Clearly the fact that some are sensitive to the suffering of others proves that the destructive urge to hurt is not a universal aspect of human nature.”

It’s kind of like an urge,

It’s kind of like an urge, not that it’s universal or anything – similarly is the urge to have physical pain that occurs along side mental/emotional pain. One reason is to alleviate it. It is sort of like the opposite of sublimation, a defense mechanism, when you think about it – can be, but not necessarily. It is to be considered that it is multi etiological.

I am a 15 (nearly 16!) year old American female, and have always thought of myself as more sensitive than others, whether in a good or bad way. When I read this article, I really connected to the majority of things that were on here.

Although it can be good to be extra-sensitive, it tends to get in my way a lot. (Having anxiety doesn’t help, either!) I am very careful about what I say and do in social situations (like classes in school) because I am very much afraid/nervous about doing anything that will attract negative attention. This leads me to be very reclusive, and I even have difficulty talking to a group of friends, depending on the number. This, I assume, makes me look quite odd and distant, but I honestly am terrified of making a fool of myself or attracting attention. I often get small stomachaches because I am slightly uncomfortable.

On the other hand, I am also a very good listener. Even though most people would have to know someone very well to confide in them and trust them to keep a secret, I am an expert at this and am very trustworthy. I also give very good advice. I can (usually) pick up on small details, whether of a person or a place. Overall, though, it can be very bothersome to be so sensitive. I cannot bear quite a lot of things that happen in the world, possibly the most bothersome to be being animal cruelty in any sort. I have always been an animal lover and prefer them to most people. When I was younger, seeing something like an insect being killed was extremely upsetting to me. As I got older, I learned to calm down a bit, but it is still quite hurtful to me. Seeing roadkill, as well, or hearing about animals being affected by pollution or human-created hazards, makes me feel horrible and depressed.

This goes for people as well. It certainly makes me feel quite sad to see yet another shooting, or bombing, or whatever daily catastrophe on the news yet again. Seeing the world and growing up can, at times, make me feel quite depressed, and being very sensitive certainly doesn’t help! But, reading some previous comments, I notice them mentioning how being more sensitive can lead to change for the better – for if no one cared about others, and only about themselves, where would we be? In that way, I am somewhat glad that I am sensitive. Perhaps it will make me a better person. 🙂

This is the big problem on

This is the big problem on the left. Social Dominance Orientation is a thing because it works. Decent people need to stop being decent all the time and learn who is worthy of respect and who needs to fought and ostracized. When you treat toxic people with respect, you signal to everyone else that they should too.

Those who don’t give respect deserve none. Get nasty. Being nice all the time just makes it more striking and sincere when you’re not.

Thank you Dr Preston

This article is wonderful. I have been told by a Psychiatrist that I am highly sensitive. I was given medication, and sent on my merry way. But this article highlighted the specific area (sensitivity to oneself). I intend to research more on this and possible things I can do to assist myself. Again, thank you.

Highly Sensitive Person

Are you diagnosed to be a HSP or how do you know?

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