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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
How to Transform Feeling Overwhelmed and Frazzled to Empowered and Fulfilled
Author: Mel Collins
Publisher: Watkins Media Limited
Are you often told to stop taking things to heart or to toughen up? Do you have a lot of empathy for others? Overanalyze things and get 'stuck in your own head'? Or become easily overwhelmed and frequently need to withdraw? If the answer is YES, you are probably a Highly Sensitive Person and this Handbook will be your survival guide! One in five people are born with the trait of high sensitivity. Yet, there is a general lack of awareness of the trait in our society, which leaves many people struggling physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually with being highly sensitive in a non-sensitive world. More often than not, HSPs are yearning for acceptance of their trait, not just from other people but also for themselves. When they realize their sensitivity is ‘normal’ and it’s acknowledged in a positive way, a deep sense of relief arises and they can begin to flourish – feeling empowered to bring their unique abilities of empathy, compassion, creativity, healing and much more into the world. Presented in four sections that lead the reader on a journey of true holistic self-understanding, the book starts with a section exploring the main qualities and challenges of the trait, and how it can be a real gift in life; not a flaw. The second section then delves into impacts of living as an HSP, such as the many masks that they tend to wear (people-pleasing and so on), the relationships they attract, and how they can start on the journey to feeling more valued. The third section provides a wide range of practical strategies to manage the trait more effectively, from more self-love, coping with over-arousal, tapping for emotional freedom, energy protection, dealing with loss and bereavement, and tuning into the healing power of animals. And the final section touches on the more spiritual aspect of life that many HSPs are searching for, whether knowingly or not – from past-life themes to the unseen world, such as angels – in their quest to fully accept themselves, and to live the authentic, fulfilling lives they deserve.