Sensory seeking behaviours are inextricably linked to hyposensitivity – a lack of sensitivity to external stimuli. This leads us to seek a greater level of sensory input in order to achieve the same level of sensation as someone who isn’t hyposensitive.

This can result in behaviours that are not socially expected, such as speaking loudly, clumsiness, deliberately seeking activities that will result in collisions (with others indulging in ‘daredevil’ hobbies). This doesn’t stem from aggression, it is simply the desire to increase sensory input in order to find calm.

It is rare that one person is entirely sensory seeking or sensory avoidant – we are usually a mix of each. Click here → for more on sensory avoidance.