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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • What is our rush? Freeing yourself from pressure.

    What is our rush? Freeing yourself from pressure.

    “It is also good every so often to go away and relax a little for when you come back to your work your judgment will be better, since to remain constantly at work causes you to deceive yourself.” Leonardo da Vinci This need to “get away” from work and other people, even our own overactive […]

  • Jenna Forrest on empowering sensitivity and relieving anxiety

    Jenna Forrest on empowering sensitivity and relieving anxiety

    Jenna Forrest is a coach who offers “energy healing, intuitive coaching and spiritual apprenticeships to help sensitives experience inner peace, higher consciousness, and life transformation” and 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. I’m sure that has been the case for me, and I have had varying degrees of these mood challenges for most of my life. Part of my motivation in researching and creating my series […]


Learning to live with social anxiety

Learning to live with social anxiety

Many actors and other performers identify themselves as being shy earlier in life, or even as adults. According to a news story, “Shyness was an ongoing problem for Chris Cooper… While studying at the University of Missouri, he vowed to get ‘unblocked.’ “Taking dance classes at nearby Stephens College, he was one of only three […]

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 […]

Different Personality Styles to Deal with a High Sensitivity Personality

Different Personality Styles to Deal with a High Sensitivity Personality

Dealing with sensitivity The photo is Christina Ricci as Wednesday in “Addams Family Values” (1993), which also featured David Krumholtz [later in the tv series "Numb3rs"] as a rather stereotypical highly sensitive kid, repressed and using an inhaler to cope with asthma. But Wednesday may represent another sort of coping with high sensitivity: responding to […]

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 […]

Highly Sensitive People: audio interview with Jim Hallowes

Highly Sensitive People: audio interview with Jim Hallowes

Jim Hallowes is founder of the Highly Sensitive People website, and has been studying and presenting information on HSPs for many years. He has a wide range of perspectives on the trait and how it relates to gifted and creative people. See The Creative Mind Interviews to hear the interview. ~~ Related articles Highly Sensitive […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, “Being an […]

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 […]

Our High Sensitivity Personality

Our High Sensitivity Personality

About 15 to 20 percent of us have this trait of high sensitivity, which nurtures our creativity and social activism, but also brings challenges. Psychologist Elaine Aron, PhD and others describe it as a more finely tuned nervous system. She explains, “It means you are aware of subtleties in your surroundings, a great advantage in […]

Sensitive / Too Sensitive - Being Sensitive and Stressed

Sensitive / Too Sensitive – Being Sensitive and Stressed

The image is from the book The Sensitive Self by Michael Eigen – who says in his article Sensitivity, “Without sensitivity what would life be like? Sensitivity nurtures us, gives life color, expressiveness, charm… Sensitivity, feeling and thinking feed each other, are part of each other. Thinking and feeling are ways sensitivity unfolds or grows.” […]