Tag: "emotional overwhelm"

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 […]

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 […]

Judith Orloff on Coping With Emotional Overload

Judith Orloff on Coping With Emotional Overload

*+-By Judith Orloff, MD. In my book [“Emotional Freedom”], 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 […]

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 […]

Rue Hass On Using EFT To Help Highly Sensitive People

Rue Hass On Using EFT To Help Highly Sensitive People

*+-Rue Hass, M.A. is a counselor and Intuitive Mentor – and a Highly Sensitive Person. An EFT Master therapist, she uses Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) – now called Tapping – with a variety of clients, including HSP individuals to “help them see what they and others might view as a ‘flaw’ as a ‘blessing’ or […]

Getting beyond our fears and anxiety

Getting beyond our fears and anxiety

*+-In her article Growing Up Gifted Is Not Easy, psychologist and author Elaine Aron recalls searching for the term “sensitivity” in the social science literature, and finding that Linda Silverman [Director of the Gifted Development Center] was “convinced that all gifted children are highly sensitive.” Dr. Aron says she doesn’t agree, noting that 15 to […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Do You Feel Crazy Sometimes? You May Be Highly Sensitive.

Do You Feel Crazy Sometimes? You May Be Highly Sensitive.

*+-From the BioElectric Shield site: Do you have times that you wonder if you are crazy? Do you have strange health and emotional issues that just seem to have no solution? We may have some good news for you. You may not be crazy after all. Elaine Aron is a pioneer in understanding what she […]

Jacquelyn Strickland on empowering yourself as an HSP

Jacquelyn Strickland on empowering yourself as an HSP

*+-Hear this audio interview with Jacquelyn Strickland – a Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach and workshop leader. She says, “The idea of acting versus reacting is so important for highly sensitive people, because we do take in so much from our environment. I like to use the idea of mindfulness… “Be aware of ways in which […]

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 […]

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. […]

Actors and High Sensitivity

Actors and High Sensitivity

*+-“Most actors are highly sensitive people.”  Nicole Kidman Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted, usually more one way than the other. Many actors and performers identify themselves as “shy” and may have the personality trait of high sensitivity. Psychologist Elaine Aron, PhD notes highly sensitive people (HSPs) are often called “shy” – but, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 and Living With Social Anxiety

Highly Sensitive and Living With Social Anxiety

*+-Shyness, social anxiety, social phobia – one of the problems in using these labels about ourselves is they are often too unspecific and relative: shy compared with whom? How anxious, for how long, in what situations? Many people avoid crowds or social contacts that are too anxiety producing. But if this kind of social anxiety […]

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 […]

Psychotherapy and High Sensitivity

Psychotherapy and High Sensitivity

*+-As highly sensitive people know, there are advantages to our trait, such as a deeper response to others and the world, and increased creativity – but there can also be emotional and mental health challenges. Therapist Susan Meindl discusses this in her article here, which is followed by related comments by Elaine Aron, and resources. […]

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 […]

Our High Sensitivity Personality

Our High Sensitivity Personality

*+-About 15 to 20 percent of us have this trait of high sensitivity which nurtures our inner awareness and creativity, but also can bring some unique challenges. Many actors, musicians, authors and other artists identify themselves as being shy, or consider themselves introverted or highly sensitive – these are not the same as each other, […]

Keith Urban and Other Stars Show Dark Side of the High Sensitivity Personality

Keith Urban and Other Stars Show Dark Side of the High Sensitivity Personality

*+-Many celebrities have sought treatment Musician Keith Urban once checked himself into a rehab center for alcohol abuse, with support from his wife, actor Nicole Kidman. A number of other stars have sought treatment for drug or alcohol problems, including Haley Joel Osment (star of The Sixth Sense), Mel Gibson, Robin Williams, Robert Downey Jr., […]