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 20+ years studying various aspects of the psychology and motivations of living, loving, temperament, relating and connecting.”
On several Facebook pages with discussions for highly sensitive people, he notes it was his “ambition to create a single really good information resource for HSPs.”
This is from the first part of his excellent collection of writings and links:
‘When people think about a person who is “Highly Sensitive”, the default assumption seems to be that we’re talking about someone who’s a fussy tender flower who gets their feelings hurt at the drop of a hat.
‘Whereas that kind of emotional sensitivity is certainly part of what makes someone an HSP, the definition explored in these pages goes far beyond that.
‘When Dr. Elaine Aron coined the term “Highly Sensitive Person” (or HSP) in 1996, she was talking about something that is a genetic physiological trait, not a “pathology” or “affliction.”
‘In short, an HSP is a person whose neural net (central nervous system) is wired a little bit differently from the rest of the world– in such a way that they experience everything more deeply and intensely than most people.
‘HSPs are not as rare as you might think: an estimated 15-20% of the population is highly sensitive.
‘Being an HSP is not a “choice,” in any way, and it cannot be “fixed” or “treated,” anymore than the size of your feet, or the color of your eyes can be “fixed.” Through the use of EEG and fMRI technology, scientists have actually now observed that the brain of an HSP responds differently to specific stimuli than the brains of the majority of the population.
‘In recent years, the trait has received more scientific study, and high sensitivity is now also referred to as “Sensory Processing Sensitivity.”‘
[Flower image from my post: Mindfulness for stress and anxiety, and for advanced living.]