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Table 2 Factor loadings based on the pattern matrix

From: A psychometric evaluation of the Highly Sensitive Person Scale in ethnically and culturally heterogeneous South African samples

Item NA NS PO AS CP * h2
23. Do you find it unpleasant to have a lot going on at once? .78      .67
16. Are you annoyed when people try to get you to do too many things at once? .65      .47
14. Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time? .58      .49
26. When you must compete or be observed while performing a task, do you become so nervous or shaky that you do much worse than you would otherwise? .37      .22
21. Do changes in your life shake you up? .32      .31
20. Does being very hungry create a strong reaction in you, disrupting your concentration or mood? .30      .16
13. Do you startle easily?   .57     .40
4. Do you tend to be more sensitive to pain?   .56     .31
3. Do other people’s moods affect you?   .38     .23
11. Does your nervous system sometimes feel so frazzled that you just have to go off by yourself?   .38     .41
5. Do you find yourself needing to withdraw during busy days, into bed or into a darkened room or any place where you can have some privacy and relief from stimulation?   .30     .35
9. Are you made uncomfortable by loud noises?    .77    .56
25. Are you bothered by intense stimuli, like loud noises or chaotic scenes?    .73    .63
7. Are you easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens close by?    .57    .41
19. Do you become unpleasantly aroused when a lot is going on around you?    .31    .39
10. Are you deeply moved by the arts or music?     .76   .57
22. Do you notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, works of art?     .74   .55
12. Are you conscientious?      .60 .35
24. Do you make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations?      .59 .38
17. Do you try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things?      .59 .43
Rotated sum of squared loadings 2.41 2.11 2.24 1.48 1.43  
Explained variance (%) 9 8 8 5 5  
Cronbach’s α .75 .69 .76 .74 .62  
  1. *NA Negative Affectivity, NS Neural Sensitivity, PO Propensity to Overwhelm, AS Aesthetic Sensitivity, CP Careful Processing