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  • 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 […]


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 […]

Denmarkguy on Being Highly Sensitive

Denmarkguy on Being Highly Sensitive

Peter Messerschmidt (also known as ‘Denmarkguy’) notes he is “a writer by calling, but make my actual LIVING from a system of ‘patchwork economics’ that includes writing, consulting, coaching, eBay entrepreneurship, being a a rare stamp dealer, a beach comber and overall Creative Slacker…I am an HSP, INFJ and enneagram type 9, and have spent […]

Shyness and High Sensitivity - On Stage or Off

Shyness and High Sensitivity – On Stage or Off

Many seemingly self-assured performers and actors have been shy or introverted as children. Some still are, as adults. And many have found that performing has changed their level of confidence. Having the personality trait of high sensitivity – as many creative people do – can interact with shyness and introversion. ~ ~ Amy Adams says, […]

Jessica Chastain and High Sensitivity

Jessica Chastain and High Sensitivity

“I’m very sensitive in real life. I cannot not cry if someone around me is crying…even if it’s not appropriate. I have that thing in me, a weakness or sensitivity.” Jessica Chastain Such a powerful, dynamic and emotionally expressive actor, in films including “The Tree of Life”; “The Debt”; “Lawless,” and “The Help,” (for which […]

Sensory processing sensitivity: smelling books and reading vinyl record grooves

Sensory processing sensitivity: smelling books and reading vinyl record grooves

Savant sensitivity The term ‘savant’ may be most often used for people such as Daniel Tammet, who is autistic and can recite more than 22,000 digits of pi from memory. [See my post Savant abilities and learning differences relate to developing multiple talents] In his book Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, […]

Singer Joss Stone on being a 'little empath'

Singer Joss Stone on being a ‘little empath’

Joss Stone has created multiple top-selling albums and earned awards including a Grammy. In a magazine interview article, she talked about being highly sensitive. “I think I’m just very, very emotional. My mom used to call me her little empath. I just feel other people’s love and other people’s pain very, very easily. “Which can […]

Jenna Forrest on empowering sensitivity and relieving anxiety

Jenna Forrest on empowering sensitivity and relieving anxiety

Jenna Forrest writes in her memoir Help Is On Its Way about growing up with the trait of high sensitivity. In our podcast interview, she talks about empowering and transcending sensitivity. Here is an excerpt from the interview: “Millions of highly sensitive people right at this moment are carrying a heavier burden than the rest […]

Sensitive to Anxiety and Depression

Sensitive to Anxiety and Depression

Being highly sensitive probably increases our vulnerability to anxiety and depression, which for many of us go together to some extent. Elaine Aron, PhD thinks “high sensitivity increases the impact of all emotionally tinged events, making childhood trauma particularly scarring.” [From the post Elaine Aron on High Sensitivity and the Undervalued Self – about her […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Ranking and Self-Esteem

Ranking and Self-Esteem

In addition to helping fuel creativity and a richer experience of life, being highly sensitive can make us more vulnerable to emotional overwhelm, anxiety, self-criticism and other issues. Healthy self concept and self esteem can be especially challenging for a number of people, perhaps especially those of us who are highly sensitive to our inner […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jenna Avery audio interview on thriving as an HSP

Jenna Avery audio interview on thriving as an HSP

Jenna Avery is a coach who “uses her intuition, deep empathy, and innate practicality to help her visionary, creative clients step fully into their creative ideas, dreams, and ability.” In her programs and mentoring, she helps individuals recognize and more fully express their talents as highly sensitive people. In our interview, she talks about some […]

The high sensitivity personality - Dr. Pat Allen: "I've always known I was different."

The high sensitivity personality – Dr. Pat Allen: “I’ve always known I was different.”

On growing up On the excellent Highly Sensitive People dvd by Jim Hallowes, psychologist Pat Allen, PhD, MFT recalls her mother using the phrase “Still waters run deep” to refer to her – something many of us could relate to. I think my own mother used the phrase, as a subtle form of affirmation of […]

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 […]

Sensitive to others but staying safe

Sensitive to others but staying safe

Elaine Aron, PhD notes high sensitivity means “you are aware of subtleties in your surroundings” and also that you are “more easily overwhelmed when you have been out in a highly stimulating environment for too long.” In addition to other sources of sensation and input, a highly stimulating environment may be one or more other […]

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, […]

Elizabeth Wagele: Are Introverts More Creative than Extraverts?

Elizabeth Wagele: Are Introverts More Creative than Extraverts?

Note – See Facebook post on this article, with a number of comments about Wagele’s perspectives. ~ ~ In her Psychology Today blog post Are Introverts More Creative than Extraverts?, writer, cartoonist and musician Elizabeth Wagele writes about how this key personality dimension relates to creative expression. Here is an excerpt : Are liking solitude […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]