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  • Your Sensitivity Can Make You a Strong Personal Coach

    Your Sensitivity Can Make You a Strong Personal Coach

    +-*“I think introvert or sensitive or shy people make the best coaches.” Barbara Sher In this video, she adds: “Sensitive people have to have a lot of courage, its very hard on them, but the benefits are so great! They know so much to teach all of us.” Video: Barbara Sher in an interview with […]

  • How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety When You're Highly Sensitive

    How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety When You’re Highly Sensitive

    +-*As highly sensitive people, we may experience many positive aspects of the trait, but we can also be more reactive and vulnerable to stress and anxiety. There are many varieties of stress, anxiety, trauma, unhealthy self-regard and other experiences that can impact our lives and creative expression. Below are a variety of perspectives from psychologists, […]

  • Too sensitive for what? Accepting our high sensitivity personality

    Too sensitive for what? Accepting our high sensitivity personality

    +-*“I’m too sensitive to watch most of the reality shows. It’s so painful for me.” Amy Brenneman We may have thoughts that are based on irrational beliefs about how life is, or how we “should be” – and those thoughts can become habitual responses, and be too broad or inaccurate to serve our personal growth. […]

  • Ted Zeff on strategies for nurturing our sensitive self

    Ted Zeff on strategies for nurturing our sensitive self

    +-*“At least 50 million Americans have a finely tuned nervous system.” Ted Zeff, PhD ~ ~ Coping Strategies that Dr. Ted Zeff teaches for the Highly Sensitive Person: Create a Daily Routine 1. Your morning routine will set the tone for your day while your evening routine will influence the quality of your sleep. 2. […]

  • Do You Feel Crazy Sometimes? You May Be Highly Sensitive.

    Do You Feel Crazy Sometimes? You May Be Highly Sensitive.

    +-*From the BioElectric Shield site: Do you have times that you wonder if you are crazy? Do you have strange health and emotional issues that just seem to have no solution? We may have some good news for you. You may not be crazy after all. Elaine Aron is a pioneer in understanding what she […]

  • Lost in our reactions - the high sensitivity personality

    Lost in our reactions – the high sensitivity personality

    +-*“If the dimension of presence or awareness is missing, then you are lost in the reaction. Then you become the reaction, and you don’t know who you are.” Eckhart Tolle High sensitivity can make our life much richer, but it can also be a distressing and disorienting experience. Probably starting when we were too young […]


Erika Harris on moving beyond "coping" or "surviving"

Erika Harris on moving beyond “coping” or “surviving”

+-*In her ebook “You’ve Got Nerve!” An Empowerment Toolkit for Highly Sensitive People, Erika Harris wrote, “Yes of course, we must first master HSP basics like self-care, energy-management, boundaries and joyful work. “And while I will certainly help you with those things in each celebration, those concerns are starting-points because we are destined for quite […]

Talented and shy - Jane Fonda, Evan Rachel Wood, Nicole Kidman

Talented and shy – Jane Fonda, Evan Rachel Wood, Nicole Kidman

+-*Jane Fonda: “Acting was the last thing in the world I wanted to do, I was so shy. “But I got fired as a secretary and had to earn some money.” She discovered her passion for acting in the mid-1950s while studying with famed drama coach Lee Strasberg, who told her she was special and […]

Jenna Avery on Recharging Your Energy as a Highly Sensitive Person

Jenna Avery on Recharging Your Energy as a Highly Sensitive Person

+-*Jenna Avery writes: As a sensitive soul, good energy-management skills are a must. This means tuning in to yourself on a regular basis and continually reassessing and adjusting what you take on. It’s a real balancing act. And sometimes, despite your best intentions, your energy gets drained and you feel out of balance. The key, […]

Is it a disorder, or just shyness?

Is it a disorder, or just shyness?

+-*“As a child, I was very shy. Painfully, excruciatingly shy. I hid a lot in my room. I was so terrified to read out loud in school that I had to have my mother ask my reading teacher not to call on me in class.” – Kim Basinger Many of us were shy as children, […]

Highly Sensitive People (HSP) "Meetups" in Los Angeles

Highly Sensitive People (HSP) “Meetups” in Los Angeles

+-*Monthly HSP Meetups Presenter: Jim Hallowes of HighlySensitivePeople.com : “I’m honored to have been invited by Dr. Pat Allen to hold a monthly talk and workshop to discuss the trait of high sensitivity and Highly Sensitive People — what Dr. Pat Allen often calls her “Alphas.” “And, even if you’re not an HSP, I guarantee […]

Judith Orloff M.D. on "energy vampires"

Judith Orloff M.D. on “energy vampires”

+-*The image is Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman in the movie Dracula (1992). The book Meeting the Shadow declares, “Bram Stoker’s ‘Count Dracula’ [is] but a recent instance of this genre. Tales of vampires and werewolves have probably always been with us.” Aside from the dramatic mythology, psychiatrist and energy specialist Judith Orloff M.D. says […]

Relationships for highly sensitive people

Relationships for highly sensitive people

+-*Interactions with others and just being in social situations can be challenging for those of us who are highly sensitive. Although sensitivity is not the same thing, it often goes along with introversion or even shyness. [See my post: Shyness, Introversion, Sensitivity – What’s the Difference?] Actor Scarlett Johansson has commented: “I think I was […]

27 Tips For Navigating College As a Highly Sensitive Person

27 Tips For Navigating College As a Highly Sensitive Person

+-*By Andrea Runyan While college can be an exciting and fruitful experience, it can also be a challenging time for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs). As the first time when many students are living away from home, college presents many potential challenges for the HSP, such as eating dining hall food; living in a dormitory; having […]

Director Ang Lee: The Artist, The Introvert

Director Ang Lee: The Artist, The Introvert

+-*“He is so sensitive and the way he directs you is so silent.” Director Ang Lee recently won his second Academy Award for “Life of Pi” (his first was for “Brokeback Mountain”). Actor Adil Hussain, one of the stars of “Pi” described how the Taiwanese filmmaker works. He commented that Lee is “so sensitive and the […]

Electromagnetic Fields and Health

Electromagnetic Fields and Health

+-*How can the electromagnetic fields we are exposed to most of the time in urban environments affect our health, especially when we are highly sensitive? In an edition of her newsletter, psychologist Elaine Aron writes about a book: The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion: The Brain, the Body, and the Sixth Sense, by Michael Jawer with […]

Are you drowning in a sea of sensitivity? It's time to walk on water

Are you drowning in a sea of sensitivity? It’s time to walk on water

+-*By Ane Axford, MS, LFMT I have often heard an analogy in the psychology field that creative geniuses and those who experience mental disorder are in the same water. The difference is that one is swimming and the other is drowning. Let’s talk about this water. These fluid, intangible, ever-changing emotions. Sensations. All that arises […]

Highly sensitive people less influenced by culture

Highly sensitive people less influenced by culture

+-*Stony Brook University Building on previous brain imaging research that revealed cultural influences play a role in neural activation during perception, Arthur Aron, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University, and colleagues, completed a study that suggests individuals who are highly sensitive have cognitive responses that appear to not be influenced by culture at […]

Jenna Forrest on having a sensitive childhood

Jenna Forrest on having a sensitive childhood

+-*A number of people claim to have had an idyllic or happy early life, the sort evoked by this photo: “The Walk to Paradise Garden” [1946] by W. Eugene Smith. But for many of us who have been highly sensitive all our lives, or had especially challenging experiences as children, that image does not feel […]

Relationships and Highly Sensitive People

Relationships and Highly Sensitive People

+-*Everyone can have difficulties with friendships and romance, but being highly sensitive may include additional challenges. Elaine N. Aron, PhD, in an interview about her book The Highly Sensitive Person In Love, said people with more sensitive and excitable constitutions and personalities “need help with intimacy.” She explains: “Maybe we are afraid, have been hurt, […]

Judith Orloff on Coping With Emotional Overload

Judith Orloff on Coping With Emotional Overload

+-*By Judith Orloff, MD. In my book [“Emotional Freedom”], I emphasize the importance of learning how to stay centered in a stressful, highly emotionally charged world. Since emotions such as fear, anger, and frustration are energies, you can potentially “catch” them from people without realizing it. If you tend to be an emotional sponge, it’s […]

Highly sensitive relationships - Gwen Stefani: "I'm really emotional"

Highly sensitive relationships – Gwen Stefani: “I’m really emotional”

+-*Like a number of other dynamic and creative musicians and actors, Gwen Stefani affirms she has qualities of the personality trait of high sensitivity: “I’m really emotional. I don’t fight with people – like, I can barely fight with my husband because I’ll just start crying instead. I’ve learnt not to do that.” [imdb.com] A […]

Our high sensitivity personality: normalcy, wholeness, acceptance

Our high sensitivity personality: normalcy, wholeness, acceptance

+-*In her authoritative book The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, Elaine Aron, PhD notes, we are at “the extreme end of the dimension of sensitivity.” But she adds, “For many HSPs the real challenge is to achieve the middle ground. No more ‘too shy’ or ‘too sensitive’ or too […]

Rue Hass On Using EFT To Help Highly Sensitive People

Rue Hass On Using EFT To Help Highly Sensitive People

+-*Rue Hass, M.A. is a counselor and Intuitive Mentor – and a Highly Sensitive Person. An EFT Master therapist, she uses Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) – now called Tapping – with a variety of clients, including HSP individuals to “help them see what they and others might view as a ‘flaw’ as a ‘blessing’ or […]

Getting beyond our fears and anxiety

Getting beyond our fears and anxiety

+-*In her article Growing Up Gifted Is Not Easy, psychologist and author Elaine Aron recalls searching for the term “sensitivity” in the social science literature, and finding that Linda Silverman [Director of the Gifted Development Center] was “convinced that all gifted children are highly sensitive.” Dr. Aron says she doesn’t agree, noting that 15 to […]

Crying and our high sensitivity personality

Crying and our high sensitivity personality

+-*Expressiveness = High EQ or Sensitivity We cry in response to many different kinds of experiences, not just painful ones. Keith Beasley described Emotional Quotient, or ‘Sensitivity’ in Mensa Magazine (United Kingdom Edition) in 1987: “The person with a high EQ is one who is easily ‘moved’ and who needs to openly express his or […]

Elaine Aron

Elaine Aron on the trait of high sensitivity

+-*“I know ALL HSPs are creative, by definition. Many have squashed their creativity because of their low self-esteem; many more had it squashed for them, before they could ever know about. But we all have it…” – Elaine Aron Video: Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., summarizes the trait of high sensitivity: ~ ~ See more videos, […]

Being inner-directed: the high sensitivity personality

Being inner-directed: the high sensitivity personality

+-*“Sometimes because I am very shy, when I meet a director and they are shy too, we just sort of sit there.” Actor Sigourney Weaver continued in an interview, “I remember when I met Ang Lee and we were left alone — we were supposed to have tea with each other.. I was so shy […]

Sensitive and Stressed - Waking up into Anxiety

Sensitive and Stressed – Waking up into Anxiety

+-*In her article Understanding Early Morning Anxiety, Deanne Repich [left] talks about the common experience of “sleeping peacefully in your warm, cozy bed. You are at peace, finally getting a break from the cares and tasks of the day. “Then, BOOM! Suddenly, the shrill sound of your alarm clock jerks you awake. It triggers the […]

Is the culture becoming more accepting of sensitive people and intuition?

Is the culture becoming more accepting of sensitive people and intuition?

+-*Our critical internal dialogue corrodes positive self-regard and confidence. That inner critic is fueled by the culture and other people, and how we respond. Jenna Avery, a coach for “Highly Sensitive Souls,” says in her audio interview that one of the issues for highly sensitive people is constantly questioning “Why can’t I fit in? Why […]