Stories & Advice for Those Who Experience the World Intensely
Author: Kelly O'Laughlin
Imagine accepting yourself for the first time. Imagine realizing that you aren't the only person who feels the way you do. Imagine no longer wishing you were like everyone else. A Highly Sensitive Person's Life is like having a cup of tea with a good friend while chatting about issues that only another HSP would understand. Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), introvert, blogger, and podcaster Kelly O'Laughlin balances humor and sound advice in this blog-style collection of personal stories and honest reflections. Readers may see themselves described in these pages and think: "I didn't know anyone else felt this way!" You might even discover surprising new insights. Many HSPs have spent years feeling defective, wrong, or weird. O'Laughlin's relatable, down-to-earth narrative provides a sense of being part of a community, empowering the reader to understand and accept his or herself, and how to deal-and thrive-in a world that is full of stimulus. (With a sense of humor and some attitude.) A variety of topics are covered, including: loud noises, bad smells, stagnant air, caffeine, scary & violent movies, creativity, empathy, dealing with loss, anxiety, decisions, peacefulness, misophonia, parties & social events, friendship, childhood, control, commitment, appreciation of art & nature, and aging. This book is based on topics from the author's podcast and blog at HighlySensitivePerson.net.
Are You A Highly Sensitive Person? Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Are you "too shy" or "too sensitive" according to others? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? If your answers are yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Most of us feel overstimulated every once in a while, but for the HSP, it's a way of life. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Elaine Aron, a clinical psychologist, workshop leader, and an HSP herself, shows you how to identify this trait in yourself and make the most of it in everyday situations. Drawing on her many years of research and hundreds of interviews, she shows how you can better understand yourself and your trait to create a fuller, richer life. Updated with a new Author's Note, including the latest scientific research, and a fresh discussion of anti-depressants for HSPs, this edition of The Highly Sensitive Person also includes: Self-assessment tests to help you identify your particular sensitivities Ways to reframe your past experiences in a positive light and gain greater self-esteem in the process Insight into how high sensitivity affects both work and personal relationships Tips on how to deal with overarousal Information on medications and when to seek help Techniques to enrich the soul and spirit "Elaine Aron's perceptive analysis of this fundamental dimension of human nature is must reading. Her balanced presentation suggests new paths for making sensitivity a blessing, not a handicap." —Philip G. Zimbardo, author of Shyness "Enlightening and empowering, this book is a wonderful gift to us all." –Riane Ensler, author of The Chalice and the Blade
Improving Outcomes for That Minority of People Who Are the Majority of Clients
Author: Elaine N. Aron
Dr. Elaine Aron’s newest book, Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person, redefines the term “highly sensitive” for the professional researcher and practitioner. She dispels common misconceptions about the relationship between sensitivity and other personality traits, such as introversion and shyness, and further defines the trait for the benefit of both the clinician and patient. Readers will learn to assess for the trait, distinguish it from clinical diagnoses such as panic disorder or avoidant personality disorder, understand how sensitivity may change the presentation of a problem such as depression or shyness, and generally inform, validate, and improve the quality of life for these clients. She pays particular attention to self-esteem issues and helping patients separate effects of their innate temperament from problems due to their personal learning histories. Dr. Aron keeps both patient and practitioner in mind as she suggests ways to adapt treatment for highly sensitive persons and how to deal with the typical issues that arise. Three appendices provide the HSP Scale, a summary of the extensive research on this innate trait, and its relation to DSM diagnoses. Through this helpful guide, therapists will see a marked improvement in their ability to assist highly sensitive clients.
Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World
Author: Ted Zeff
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
If you’re a highly sensitive person (HSP), you’re in good company. HSP’s make up some 20 percent of the population, individuals like you who both enjoy and wrestle with a finely tuned nervous system. You often sense things that others ignore such as strong smells, bright lights, and the crush of crowds. Even the presence of strangers in your immediate vicinity can cause you considerable distraction. You already know that this condition can be a gift, but, until you learn to master your sensitive nervous system, you might be operating in a constant state of overstimulation. As an HSP, the most important thing you can learn is how to manage your increased sensitivity to both physical and emotional stimulation. This accessible, practical guide contains strategies to help you master this critical skill. Build your coping skills by exploring the books engaging exercises. Then, keep the book by your side, a constant companion as you make your way through your vibrant and highly stimulating world. •Find out what it means to be a highly sensitive person •Take the self-examination quiz and find out whether you are highly sensitive •Learn coping techniques indispensable to IHP’s •Discover how to manage distractions like noise and time pressure at home and at work •Reduce sensory-provoked tension with meditation and deep relaxation techniques •Navigate the challenges of interacting with others in social and intimate relationships
Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You
Author: Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.
Do you fall in love hard, but fear intimacy? Are you sick of being told that you are “too sensitive”? Do you struggle to respect a less-sensitive partner? Or have you given up on love, afraid of being too sensitive or shy to endure its wounds? Statistics show that 50 percent of what determines divorce is genetic temperament. And, if you are one of the 20 percent of people who are born highly sensitive, the risk of an unhappy relationship is especially high. Your finely tuned nervous system, which picks up on subtleties and reflects deeply, would be a romantic asset if both you and your partner understood you better. But without that understanding, your sensitivity is likely to be making your close relationships painful and complicated. Based on Elaine N. Aron’s groundbreaking research on temperament and intimacy, The Highly Sensitive Person in Love offers practical help for highly sensitive people seeking happier, healthier romantic relationships. From low-stress fighting to sensitive sexuality, the book offers a wealth of practical advice on making the most of all personality combinations. Complete with illuminating self-tests and the results of the first survey ever done on sex and temperament, The Highly Sensitive Person in Love will help you discover a better way of living and loving. From the Trade Paperback edition.
There are real differences in the HSP brain and Julie Bjelland, a psychotherapist who specializes in the highly sensitive has developed innovative tools specifically for HSPs in this 8-week training program. Feel true self-acceptance, improve your self-esteem and learn to access your HSP gifts and super strengths. Build skills to reduce overstimulation and overwhelming feelings. Learn how to get out of your intense emotional reactions and how to respond, instead of react, to emotions. Improve your health, strengthen your immune system and increase your energy levels. Discover new neuroscience and research about the real differences in your HSP brain.
Daily Exercises for Calming Your Senses in an Overstimulating World
Author: Ted Zeff
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Day-to-Day Help for Highly Sensitive People About one in every five of us has a nervous system that is especially acute and finely tuned. If you're in this group, on one hand, it's a great gift. You're creative, compassionate, and you deeply appreciate subtlety and beauty in the world. On the other hand, you may be more easily disturbed by noise, bright lights, strong scents, crowds, and time pressure than the less sensitive among us. In his first book, The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide, author Ted Zeff presented ways to manage your heightened sensitivity. Now, in this take-along daily companion, he offers practical tips and exercises you can use to find inner peace in any environment. Each chapter of The Highly Sensitive Person's Companion addresses overstimulation as it occurs in a specific aspect of life: relationships, work, daily pressures, exercise, and more. Let this book be your pocket-sized guide to finding the calm you need to enjoy and thrive with your heightened sensitivity without feeling overwhelmed.
Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them
Author: Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.
Category: Family & Relationships
The bestselling author and psychologist whose books have topped 240,000 copies in print now addresses the trait of “high sensitivity” in children–and offers a breakthrough parenting guidebook for highly sensitive children and their caregivers. With the publication of The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron became the first person to identify the inborn trait of “high sensitivity” and to show how it affects the lives of those who possess it. Up to 20 percent of the population is born highly sensitive, and now in The Highly Sensitive Child, Aron shifts her focus to highly sensitive children, who share the same characteristics as highly sensitive adults and thus face unique challenges as they grow up. Rooted in Aron’s years of experience as a psychotherapist and her original research on child temperament, The Highly Sensitive Child shows how HSCs are born deeply reflective, sensitive to the subtle, and easily overwhelmed. These qualities can make for smart, conscientious, creative children, but with the wrong parenting or schooling, they can become unusually shy or timid, or begin acting out. Few parents and teachers understand where this behavior comes from–and as a result, HSCs are often mislabeled as overly inhibited, fearful, or “fussy,”or classified as “problem children” (and in some cases, misdiagnosed with disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder). But raised with proper understanding and care, HSCs are no more prone to these problems than nonsensitive children and can grow up to be happy, healthy, well-adjusted adults. In this pioneering work, parents will find helpful self-tests and case studies to help them understand their HSC, along with thorough advice on: • The challenges of raising an highly sensitive child • The four keys to successfully parenting an HSC • How to soothe highly sensitive infants • Helping sensitive children survive in a not-so-sensitive world • Making school and friendships enjoyable With chapters addressing the needs of specific age groups, from newborns through teens, The Highly Sensitive Child delivers warmhearted, timely information for parents, teachers, and the sensitive children in their lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.
In today's fast-paced, increasingly public society, we are expected to be resilient, to have the energy to manage a packed work schedule, social calendar, and a large network of friends, both online and offline, day and night. If you find yourself struggling to live up to, or even enjoy, these non-stop social expectations, then this book is for you. Written for highly sensitive people, the book explains the characteristics of being highly sensitive and how to overcome common difficulties, such as low self-esteem and the exhausting effects of socialising. Ilse Sand also encourages you to explore and appreciate the advantages of high sensitivity, including your aptitude for depth, intensity and presence, and suggests activities to calm and inspire.
Restore Your Love/Power Balance, Transform the Inner Voice That Holds You Back, and Find Your True Self-Worth
Author: Elaine N. Aron
Publisher: Little, Brown
Elaine Aron follows up her bestsellers on the highly sensitive person with a groundbreaking new book on the undervalued self. She explains that self-esteem results from having a healthy balance of love and power in our lives. Readers will learn to incorporate love into situations that seem to require power and deal with power struggles that mask themselves as issues of love. From the bedroom to the boardroom, her strategies will enable us to escape feelings of shame, defeat, and depression; dissolve relationship hostility; and become our best selves. With Aron's clear, empathetic writing and extraordinary scientific and human insight, THE UNDERVALUED SELF is a simple and effective guide to developing healthy, fulfilling relationships, and finding true self-worth.
"A perceptive guide." --Publishers Weekly This book builds on Elaine Aron's groundbreaking bestseller The Highly Sensitive Person to offer you proven strategies that help you make your extreme sensitivity an asset in the workplace. You will get guidance on stress management, boundary setting, dealing with abusive coworkers, and more. And you will learn how to experience work in a way that is emotionally gratifying as well as financially rewarding.
It’s a commonly heard phrase: Stop being so sensitive. These words can be frustrating to hear, and if you are an emotionally sensitive person, they often have the opposite of the desired effect. You cannot simply switch off your emotions like you would a TV show or a radio station playing an annoying song. But there are effective techniques that can help you manage these emotions before they take over your life. In The Emotionally Sensitive Person, a psychologist provides proven-effective cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques to help people like you who struggle with intense emotions. In the book, you will learn powerful tools for staying in the present moment, identifying emotional triggers, developing a strong and healthy identity, and experiencing overwhelming or uncomfortable emotions without becoming upset. You’ll also learn how to be more relaxed in your relationships, how your personal values can affect your thoughts and actions, and how to recognize negative thought patterns before you start acting on them. If you are tired of feeling hurt and helpless when it comes to your feelings, this book will provide you with evidence-based strategies for taking charge of your emotions—whether it’s at home, at work, or in your relationships.
Highly Sensitive People in Relationships? You can make your sensitivity work to your advantage if you understand it. The perpetual haste, chatter, and distractions of everyday life is usually normal to everyone but to the highly sensitive person, it always tends to have a deeper meaning and can be emotionally overwhelming. As a sensitive person, we can be easily entangled by our own emotions while going through life, with everyone wondering why we are intense or shy and sometimes trying to make us numb to our emotions/sensations. As a result of this, you may not know exactly how you should live, feeling tempted to analyze your life instead of experiencing it but everything does not have to feel like such a struggle. Realizing that you are highly sensitive and learning how to embrace rather than struggle against it will give you an advantage in life. Love and Relationships as a Highly Sensitive Person will help you find out if you are a highly sensitive person, teach you what it means to have your specific personality type and help you become more in-tune with yourself to live a rich and fuller life. In Highly Sensitive: Love and Relationships as a Highly Sensitive Person, you will discover insights into: Understanding yourself as a Highly Sensitive Person. Understanding a Highly Sensitive Partner/person. Navigating Relationships as a Highly Sensitive Person. How high sensitivity influences our personal relationships and choices in relationships. Start understanding yourself and/or your partner as a highly sensitive person and learn what you can do for your relationship.
In a culture that ranks sociability and extroversion above the introverted traits of deep thinking and being alone, Ilse Sand shows how to find joy and meaning as an introvert or highly sensitive person. She debates whether these traits are caused by nature or nurture, and shows how someone like this can organise their life to keep them content. What she says is appropriate for people who are temporarily, or for some other reason, in a sensitive situation - for example, because of stress, trauma or burn-out. It describes the introverted personality type and the highly sensitive trait, highlighting the strengths that come with it such as good listening skills and rich imagination, and suggests ways to overcome the negatives such as the need to avoid overstimulation and over-critical thinking. Including advice from other introverts or highly sensitive people, and two self-tests for sensitive and introverted traits, this book provides a deeper understanding of introversion and high sensitivity and gives those with these personality types greater faith and courage in their own talents.
What is the difference between having empathy and being an empath? “Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain,” says Dr. Judith Orloff “But for empaths it goes much farther We actually feel others’ emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have.” With The Empath’s Survival Guide, Dr. Orloff offers an invaluable resource to help sensitive people develop healthy coping mechanisms in our high-stimulus world—while fully embracing the empath’s gifts of intuition, creativity, and spiritual connection. In this practical and empowering book for empaths and their loved ones, Dr. Orloff begins with self-assessment exercises to help you understand your empathic nature, then offers potent strategies for protecting yourself from overwhelm and replenishing your vital energy For any sensitive person who’s been told to “grow a thick skin,” here is your lifelong guide for staying fully open while building resilience, exploring your gifts of deep perception, raising empathic children, and feeling welcomed and valued by a world that desperately needs what you have to offer.
How to Thrive As a Highly Sensitive Person Or Empath
Author: Barrie Davenport
Highly Sensitive People and Empaths: Finding peace and empowerment for those who feel too much. "Don't be so sensitive." "Just get it over it." "You're just so intense" If you're a highly sensitive person or an empath, you've probably heard these statements many times. Maybe you feel different because you're just more tuned in and sensitive than most people you know. You notice things others don't. You can easily pick up on the mood of the room. You're bothered by small irritations, noise, and bright light. Sometimes the world just feels overwhelming, and you wonder what is wrong with you. The good news? Being highly sensitive isn't weird or wrong. It's a perfectly normal trait held by 15-20% of the population. The Little-Known Power of Being Finely Tuned As a sensitive person, you may believe you're weak and less resilient than others. This belief may have been reinforced all of your life, but nothing could be further from the truth. Highly sensitive people and empaths are gifted with unique skills making them more creative, intuitive, conscientious, and empathic. They are evolutionarily hard-wired this way to benefit the larger community, as they are the first to notice and respond to subtitles, moods, and danger. They are also first to feel deeper, positive emotions as well. Thriving Daily As a Sensitive It can be daunting to live in a world that feels overwhelming and insensitive, especially when others don't understand or appreciate you. With self-awareness, mindful communication, and proper management of your environment, you'll not only survive as a sensitive, but you'll thrive in ways you never anticipated. Life will be more enriching and joyful, and your traits as a sensitive person can be leveraged to squeeze much more fulfillment from life as you learn to accept and appreciate your amazing personality. Order: Finely Tuned: How To Thrive As A Highly Sensitive Person or Empath Finely Tuned is a guidebook for those with highly sensitive, empathic natures seeking relief from the pain of being misunderstood and wanting to reclaim life on their own terms, sensitivities and all. It spells out exactly why you have this keenly sensitive nature, and how you are perfectly normal in your traits and needs. It teaches you skills for understanding yourself, communicating your traits with others, and redesigning your life around your beautiful gifts so that you and others can fully benefit from them. Want to know more? Order and learn how to embrace being a highly sensitive person or empath today. Scroll to the top of the page and select the "buy" button.
How Feelings Link the Brain, the Body, and the Sixth Sense
Author: Michael A. Jawer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A cutting-edge examination of feelings, not thoughts, as the gateway to understanding consciousness • Contends that emotion is the greatest influence on personality development • Offers a new perspective on immunity, stress, and psychosomatic conditions • Explains how emotion is key to understanding out-of-body experience, apparitions, and other anomalous perceptions Contemporary science holds that the brain rules the body and generates all our feelings and perceptions. Michael Jawer and Dr. Marc Micozzi disagree. They contend that it is our feelings that underlie our conscious selves and determine what we think and how we conduct our lives. The less consciousness we have of our emotional being, the more physical disturbances we are likely to have--from ailments such as migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and post-traumatic stress to anomalous perceptions such as apparitions and involuntary out-of-body experiences. Using the latest scientific research on immunity, sensation, stress, cognition, and emotional expression, the authors demonstrate that the way we process our feelings provides a key to who is most likely to experience these phenomena and why. They explain that emotion is a portal into the world of extraordinary perception, and they provide the studies that validate the science behind telepathic dreams, poltergeists, and ESP. The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion challenges the prevailing belief that the brain must necessarily rule the body. Far from being by-products of neurochemistry, the authors show that emotions are the key vehicle by which we can understand ourselves and our interactions with the world around us as well as our most intriguing--and perennially baffling--experiences.
Understanding Empathy for a Life of Emotional Peace & Balance
Author: Kyra Mesich
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Empathic ability is a profound reminder that we are all connected. However, it's not always easy to cope with. For highly sensitive people, it can feel like an invasion, leading to confusion, physical issues, depression, and emotional distress. The Strength of Sensitivity explores the causes of empathic and psychic connections, providing techniques for developing and coping with sensitivity in a positive way. Join author Kyra Mesich, PsyD, as she shares stories about the struggles and triumphs of being an empath and amazing scientific research that explains how this connection works. Discover tools such as flower essences, meditation, and a twenty-day, four-step practice that effectively help sensitive people create healthier relationships with their empathic abilities. Holistic psychology has shed new light on sensitivity; let this guide show you how to live intuitively every day while integrating your whole body, mind, and spirit. Praise: "The Strength of Sensitivity is an outstanding contribution to body-mind healing and has our highest recommendation."—Patricia Kaminski, Executive Director of Flower Essence Services "Anyone longing to thrive as a highly sensitive person should read this warm, supportive book."—ForeWord Reviews
7 Right-Brain Traits to Change the Lives of Intuitive-Sensitive People
Author: Heidi Sawyer
Publisher: Hay House, Inc
Do you struggle with small talk and prefer deep conversation? Are you extremely sensitive to other people's moods? Do people describe you as highly perceptive? Are you exhausted after being in busy places? If you've answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, you may be a Highly Intuitive Person: someone who is especially sensitive to the energy of others. Highly Intuitive People, also known as Intuitive-Sensitives, are a refined group of sensitive people who are said to make up 15-20 per cent of the population. They experience their world through the deeper senses, generally have a calm persona, care deeply for other people, are very perceptive and are often described as extremely wise and 'knowing'. Based on Heidi Sawyer's 17 years of experience, Highly Intuitive People provides a guide for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed as a result of their natural intuitive abilities and wants to know how they got them, what they're for and how best to use them. This book will help you to understand your talents and how to unleash them in an empowering way for deep self-development. The techniques in this book have already helped thousands of Intuitive-Sensitives to discover and develop their incredible gifts. This is a must-read for those who are driven to understand the deeper meaning and purpose of their life.