“Is Overwhelm zapping your energy and holding you back in life?”
A page for an online course by Julie Bjelland continues:
“Highly Sensitive People have particular brain differences that make us more susceptible to high stress, overwhelm and even anxiety.
“Thankfully there is a way to train your HSP brain so you can live your fullest life.”
Julie Bjelland, LMFT is a psychotherapist and author specializing in the trait of high sensitivity, and a highly sensitive person herself.
She notes, “My mission is to help HSPs thrive.”
For more about another book of hers, see article: How to Thrive – The Empowered Highly Sensitive Person book.
She also provides a related online course: Brain-Training Program For Highly Sensitive People (HSPs).
In this video about her course, Julie Bjelland talks about the personality trait of high sensitivity and our brain responses.
Some of what we do [in the course] is talk about our particular limbic system.
We have an overly activated amygdala, for example, and that creates that fight flight freeze part where our brain doesn’t always understand that we’re not actually in danger so it sends out signals to to release adrenaline and that’s when we notice our heart racing.
And what’s important to understand is… if you kind of think of it as having two parts of your brain: there’s the emotional brain and there’s the cognitive brain.
When the emotional brain is activated, the cognitive brain kind of goes to sleep.
And within the cognitive brain is where you have rational thought and facts and information.
Whereas in the emotional brain, you are trapped in emotion, irrational thought – you can lose focus, lose access to memory.
That’s where we can get very reactionary and even have meltdowns.
We even talk about the sensory experiences.
A lot of a HSPs don’t realize that some of the extreme irritability you might have on particular days or even moments when you feel like you’re angry, for example – sometimes that’s actually sensory triggering.
Remember – this is a trait called sensory processing sensitivity.
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