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  • The Sheep Dressed Like Wolves Resource Site

    The Sheep Dressed Like Wolves Resource Site

    Here is an introduction and video by founder of The Sheep Dressed Like Wolves site, Andy Mort: “I am a musician and songwriter who often struggles to get my quiet temperament working effectively towards my life’s goals and ambitions. “I help encourage, inspire, and equip other introverted and Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) looking to find meaning and […]

  • Neuroscience and sensitivity - our superior colliculus and amygdala

    Neuroscience and sensitivity – our superior colliculus and amygdala

    A news item by ScienceDaily reported on research that may explain more about the neuroscience that underlies high sensitivity. “Researchers have discovered that a primitive region of the brain responsible for sensorimotor control also has an important role in regulating emotional responses to threatening situations. “This region appears to work in concert with another structure […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

Highly Sensitive and Creative

Highly Sensitive and Creative

“Highly sensitive people are all creative by definition.” Elaine Aron, PhD adds that it is “because we process things so thoroughly and notice so many subtleties and emotional meanings that we can easily put two unusual things together.” Sensory sensitivity also comes into play in many creative endeavors. When Therese Borchard of Beliefnet interviewed me […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Video: The Highly Sensitive Person by Therese J. Borchard

Video: The Highly Sensitive Person by Therese J. Borchard

“Do you get overwhelmed easily? You could be one of the lucky highly sensitive persons living in an overwhelming world.” Therese J. Borchard is the author of the blog “Beyond Blue” on Beliefnet.com, which is featured regularly on The Huffington Post and was voted by PsychCentral.com as one of the top 10 depression blogs. Also […]

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. […]

Judith Orloff on Coping With Emotional Overload

Judith Orloff on Coping With Emotional Overload

By Judith Orloff, MD. In my book, 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 vital to […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Better at noticing subtle details

Better at noticing subtle details

Photorealist painting is one form of creative expression that demands a high degree of technical prowess and attention to detail. The image is Tom’s Diner, 1993, a watercolor by Ralph Goings – from the book Photorealism at the Millennium, by Louis K. Meisel, Linda Chase. A recent CNN article on “sensory processing sensitivity” reports that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Self-Study Classes for Sensitive Souls

Self-Study Classes for Sensitive Souls

Coach Jenna Avery describes her programs: “These self-study classes are the product of my many efforts to find ways to be a happy, healthy, highly sensitive soul. “I have investigated everything I could get my hands on about energy skills, energetic boundary strengthening, interpersonal boundaries, flower essences for sensitive souls, empathy, intuitive development and more. […]

Are you Crazy or Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

Are you Crazy or Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

From the BioElectric Shield site: A large number of people who come to us are suffering as highly sensitive people. … This sensitivity can dramatically impact your ability to cope with the ever increasing chaos and energy in the world today. I get on the phone many days and the person on the other end […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cheryl Richardson on Protecting Our High Sensitivity

Cheryl Richardson on Protecting Our High Sensitivity

Express your blessed creativity “The more you become your own best champion, supporter, cheerleader, and trusted confidant, the better able you’ll be to fully and joyfully express your blessed creativity. “That’s when your art becomes more and more successful in the world. It begins with treating yourself with love, respect, kindness, and compassion. “If you’d […]

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, […]

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 […]

Creativity in solitude - Ani DiFranco and others

Creativity in solitude – Ani DiFranco and others

Musician Ani DiFranco produced her album, “Educated Guess,” entirely on her own. An interviewer asked, “Your approach, your energy on the current tour and on the new album seem different. Why is that?” DiFranco: “The difference is solitude. I have it in my life now…” In a new Psychology Today article, the author writes about […]

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, […]

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

Gifted 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 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 […]

High Sensitivity and Addiction

High Sensitivity and Addiction

Writer Pearl Buck famously commented, “The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.” I don’t agree that being highly sensitive makes us “inhuman” in any sense, but the trait can bring with it emotional challenges. A number of highly sensitive and creative people have […]