This innate sensitivity has been well researched and the term Highly Sensitive Person was coined in 1996 by Elaine N. This is a specific trait with key consequences that in the past has often been confused with innate shyness, inhibitedness, innate fearfulness, introversion, and so on.
The existence of the trait of innate sensitivity was demonstrated using a test that was shown to have both internal and external validity.
But as more has been written about Highly Sensitive People and the concept has gained wider (though certainly not universal) acceptance I have come to recognize and accept myself as a Highly Sensitive Person.
It is estimated that 20% of the human population would test positive for what Carl Jung called Innate Sensitiveness. and explored in her book, The Highly Sensitive Person: A highly sensitive person (HSP) is a person having the innate trait of high sensitivity (or innate sensitiveness as Carl Gustav Jung originally coined it). Aron and colleagues as well as other researchers, highly sensitive people, which would represent about a fifth of the population, process sensory data much more deeply and thoroughly due to a biological difference in their nervous systems.
Sensitive male role models were hard to find growing up in the seventies in a middle-class Boston suburb.