If you are not aware that this is indeed your personality type then you can spend decades not your whole life) trying to change some of the more difficult aspects of being Highly Sensitive Empath. For example often HSE’s struggle to be less sensitive or they push themselves so hard that they experience burnout multiple times during their life. Trying to change the fact that you perceive more or feel more is a battle that you will not win unless you completely shut off your emotions. Which unfortunately many Highly Sensitive Empath do, however when you numb yourself you numb yourself to everything in life the beautiful and good as well as the ugly and difficult.
Once HSE’s can understand what their strength and struggles are, they can stop wasting energy to wrestle against themselves and instead use their strengths to improve their lives and the lives of everyone they come in contact with. When HSE’s accept their gifts then they can start moving forward instead of being stuck trying to make themselves into something they’re not.