Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person

Are you Highly Sensitive? 

In her book,  Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine N. Aron writes, 20% of the population is Highly Sensitive. Are you Highly Sensitive? They are observant of subtleties and bothered more by stimulation such as loud noises.  Places like malls, extreme temperatures, or a long day of sightseeing can be challenging.  They have strong emotional responses and need more down time. They are usually thoughtful and observant.

Highly Sensitive People

There is no one size fits all approach in psychotherapy. The reason for assessing for High Sensitivity is to help people understand what impacts them and how to practice self care. Self care is different for everyone. There is no shame in being aware of what you are sensitive to.

Highly Sensitive Strengths

Highly Sensitive People are good at sensing mood changes and responding appropriately to it.  They are able to make space for changes that will make them and others around them more comfortable. Highly Sensitive people have an innate ability to sense a change in mood with a person or a group of people.

Highly Sensitive Folks You May Have Heard Of

Edgar Allen Poe, Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Emily Dickenson, Virginia Wolf, E.E. Cummings, James Baldwin, Walt Whitmen and Robert Frost, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Jim Morison, Celine Dion, Mozart, Harry S. Truman, Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X, Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, Elenor Rosavelt, Princess Dianna to name a few. Can you tell when a person is highly sensitive? How about this elephant? This baby?

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