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  • Winona Ryder: "Maybe I'm too sensitive for this world."

    Winona Ryder: “Maybe I’m too sensitive for this world.”

    Winona Ryder starred in the film based on Susanna Kaysen‘s novel Girl, Interrupted, and thinks Kaysen “captures a mood we’ve all experienced. “It’s like a reflective time we’ve all had in our lives, whether to kill ourselves, whether to be miserable or move on. You go through spells where you feel that maybe you’re too […]

  • Claire Danes on being shy and high achieving

    Claire Danes on being shy and high achieving

    “You were very sensitive as a child; family and school problems, childhood illnesses, and the like all affected you more than others. Furthermore, you were different from other kids and almost surely suffered for that.” Elaine Aron, PhD. “I did not perform well socially in junior high. I was a strange girl and I was […]

  • Are Highly Sensitive Men More Creative?

    Are Highly Sensitive Men More Creative?

    “So, I listened to this guy, and he’s got a hypnotic effect. He plays acoustic guitar, of course; and he is a real poet; and he’s a very sensitive guy.” Record producer John Hammond, about Leonard Cohen [BBC Interview.] Psychologist Elaine Aron and other researchers find that approximately 20 percent of the population has the […]

  • Being Sensitive and Creative

    Being Sensitive and Creative

    Clinical and research reports confirm creative people are unusually sensitive, and many creative people have commented about their own experience with the trait of high sensitivity. For example, creativity coach Lisa Riley, LMFT comments she has “encountered a connection between highly sensitive people and their own creative impulses. “Creatives often feel and perceive more intensely, dramatically, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Highly Sensitive Personality and Creativity

    Highly Sensitive Personality and Creativity

    By guest author Lisa A. Riley, LMFT, Creativity Coach Throughout my practice, I have encountered a connection between highly sensitive people and their own creative impulses. This characteristic does not discriminate between painter, actor, or musician—they all appear to have one thing in common: they experience the world differently than the average individual. Creatives often […]


Depressive thinking can accompany being a high sensitivity personality

Depressive thinking can accompany being a high sensitivity personality

Intuitive HSPs may go to dark places In her article Growing Up Gifted Is Not Easy, Elaine Aron, PhD [left] talks about this dark aspect of sensitivity. “Early in my research on sensitivity — while I was studying its relationship to introversion and the four Jungian functions of sensing, thinking, feeling, and intuition — I […]

Winona Ryder, Heath Ledger and Other Creators On Being Highly Sensitive

Winona Ryder, Heath Ledger and Other Creators On Being Highly Sensitive

The trait of high sensitivity is experienced by 15 to 20 percent of us. In this video are some quotes by and about Winona Ryder, Heath Ledger, Amy Brenneman, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, and Ellen DeGeneres about their experience of sensitivity. Maybe you can relate to some of them. .. Winona Ryder has said, “You […]

Jenna Avery on dealing with overwhelm

Jenna Avery on dealing with overwhelm

In an article of hers, creativity coach Jenna Avery affirms, “As a sensitive soul, it’s easy to get overstimulated. With stimulation all around, it’s not surprising. “Our urgency-addicted culture and mainstream work ethic is overstimulating. “Sound bites, billboards, spam, and constant advertisements surround us. “Other people’s energy and emotions affect us. Too much light, noise, […]

Shy monkeys and anxious temperament

Shy monkeys and anxious temperament

From a PhysOrg.com Medicine & Health / Research news article: New research indicates that the brains of those suffering from anxiety and severe shyness in social situations consistently respond more strongly to stress, and show signs of being anxious even in situations that others find safe. The UW Department of Psychiatry and HealthEmotions Research Institute […]

The shy personality and two kinds of social phobia

The shy personality and two kinds of social phobia

By Bertil Hjert — “There are two different types of social phobia. The first is generalized, where anything and everything in the way of social interaction has the potential to send your nerves into overdrive. “People who are only afraid of a few or a particular type of social interaction have non-generalized or specific social […]

Oxytocin and Social Phobia - relief of social anxiety

Oxytocin and Social Phobia – relief of social anxiety

Excerpts from article Oxytocin and Social Phobia : Some people may confuse the trait of high sensitivity with shyness or social anxiety. Social phobia or social anxiety disorder is characterized by extreme and persistent anxiety associated with social or performance situations. Scientists believe that the amygdala is responsible for the symptoms of social phobia as […]

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 […]

Gifts and challenges of being highly sensitive

Gifts and challenges of being highly sensitive

Therese Borchard of Beliefnet interviewed me about the trait; her article [on Beliefnet] is titled 5 Gifts of Being Highly Sensitive and 5 Curses. She also published it for her Huffington Post column with the title 5 Gifts of Being Highly Sensitive – which has over 100 comments. Here are her two questions, and my […]

Getting beyond our fears and anxiety

Getting beyond our fears and anxiety

News story about Cinders the pig: “You can’t get much happier than a pig in muck, or so we are told. But when this little piggy arrived in the farmyard she showed a marked reluctance to get her trotters dirty. “While her six brothers and sisters messed around in the mire, she stayed on the […]

Highly Sensitive People - Do You Understand Yourself?

Highly Sensitive People – Do You Understand Yourself?

Guest Post – By Cliff Harwin, Author of Making Sense of Your High Sensitivity. How very little we know about ourselves…but how much we could know if we took the time to do so. So much of our personal happiness depends on knowing ourselves. We know ourselves better than others do, and yet we don’t […]

Marti Olsen Laney on Introversion Advantages

Marti Olsen Laney on Introversion Advantages

Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D., M.F.T., is an author, researcher, speaker, educator, psychotherapist and an authority on introversion. On her site: MartiLaney.com she lists : Top 10 Advantages Introverts Possess: 10) Work Well With Others, Especially In One-to-One Relationships 9) Maintain Long-Term Friendships 8) Flexible 7) Independent 6) Strong Ability To Concentrate 5) Self-Reflective 4) Responsible […]

Jacquelyn Strickland on empowering yourself as an HSP

Jacquelyn Strickland on empowering yourself as an HSP

Hear this audio interview with Jacquelyn Strickland – a Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach and workshop leader. She says, “The idea of acting versus reacting is so important for highly sensitive people, because we do take in so much from our environment. I like to use the idea of mindfulness… “Be aware of ways in which […]

Hugh Laurie on feeling emotionally overwhelmed

Hugh Laurie on feeling emotionally overwhelmed

Hugh Laurie plays Dr. Gregory House on the tv series House M.D. Born in Oxford, England, he was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Besides acting and comedy, he has written a thriller, The Gun Seller, and a screenplay for the film version, and a second novel The Paper Soldier. Here are some of his comments […]

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. […]

Actors and High Sensitivity

Actors and High Sensitivity

“Most actors are highly sensitive people.”  Nicole Kidman Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted, usually more one way than the other. Many actors and performers identify themselves as “shy” and may have the personality trait of high sensitivity. Psychologist Elaine Aron, PhD notes highly sensitive people (HSPs) are often called “shy” – but, […]

Highly sensitive people: latent inhibition and creativity

Highly sensitive people: latent inhibition and creativity

One aspect of high sensitivity is increased sensory input. There are some intriguing research studies on how this works at the level of the brain and nervous system, and how it affects creative ability. One study, for example, found that the brains of creative people appear to be more open to incoming stimuli from the […]

Let Go of Taking Responsibility for Others

Let Go of Taking Responsibility for Others

Creativity coach Jenna Avery notes “Sensitives are often unknowingly affected by the energy, emotions, and desires of others. “This can be both confusing and overstimulating because we are unable to distinguish whether we’re operating from our own center or someone else’s. “I believe that it’s critically important for sensitive souls to learn how to protect […]

Marie Forleo and Ane Axford About Being A Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur

Marie Forleo and Ane Axford About Being A Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur

Ane Axford, MS, LMFT (she pronounces it like “Annie”) notes: “I am a highly sensitive person, who is also high sensation seeking, introverted, a licensed mental health and relationship therapist who specializes in working with highly sensitive persons.” In her interview podcast “On HSPs as Entrepreneurs with Marie Forleo,” Ane and Marie talk about being, […]

Understanding Empathy

Understanding Empathy

By Jenna Avery. As a sensitive soul, you are likely to have a high degree of empathy. Empathy is the ability to feel another person’s emotions as if they are your own. In many ways, being empathic is a gift, because it allows you to fully experience, understand, and support others. In other ways, it […]

Energy Sensitivity

Energy Sensitivity

Energy psychiatrist Judith Orloff, MD explains: “An intuitive empath is someone who not only senses energy but also absorbs it from others and the environment. Their body takes on the angst of the world. It can be very draining. “I’ve been an intuitive empath since childhood which prompted my exploration of this phenomena. I couldn’t […]

Programs for Introverts and Highly Sensitive People

Programs for Introverts and Highly Sensitive People

Programs to “encourage, inspire, and equip other introverted and Highly Sensitive People.” (To quote Andy Mort of Sheep Dressed Like Wolves, below). See bottom of page for links to other resource pages for books, articles and more sites. This painting is “Mindfulness” by Erika Pochybova-Johnson – a depiction, it seems to me, of the rich […]

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 […]

Bryce Dallas Howard and Judith Orloff on psychic ability

Bryce Dallas Howard and Judith Orloff on psychic ability

“It goes beyond the senses, as we know it. It’s our ability to intuit the mystery.” Judith Orloff, MD In the movie “Hereafter,” the character George Lonegan (Matt Damon) seems to be able to communicate with people beyond the grave. Reviewer Roger Ebert noted the movie “believes most psychics are frauds” but “supposes one who […]

Eric Maisel on the creative value of calming

Eric Maisel on the creative value of calming

Creativity coach and psychologist Eric Maisel says “When you free neurons from their usual grip on small thoughts — ten worries, fifteen errands, and so on — and get to reclaim them.. you experience a ‘pregnant emptiness’ which is actually your whole mind, now recovered, readying itself to create.” He adds, “The ‘quieting’ serves the […]