- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Thorsons; 6th Printing edition (16 Aug. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0722538960
- ISBN-13: 978-0722538968
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You Paperback – 16 Aug 1999
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How to cope when the world overwhelms you.
For those people who:
have a keen imagination;
• are labelled too shy or too sensitive;
• who perform poorly when being observed even though they are usually competent;
• have vivid dreams;
• for whom time alone each day is essential;
and find they are quickly overwhelmed by noise and confusion, crowded parties, hectic office life……
this is the book to help them understand themselves and how best to cope in various situations.
Highly sensitive people are often very bright and creative but many suffer from low self esteem. They are not ‘neurotics’ as they have been labelled for so long. However, high sensitivity can lead them to cease to engage with the outside world.
The book offers solutions for a happy and fulfilling life. Particularly in the way an HSP perceives his or herself: the book helps to ‘reframe’ past events, such as a difficult childhood, or how they see themselves – ie. shy.
Particularly strong material for those raising a sensitive child.
About the Author
Elaine R. Aron is a highly sensitive person herself who has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and a doctorate. She has researched the subject using 100s of detailed interviews with HSPs. She lives in San Francisco and New York.
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Aron says a lot of "highly sensitive" people don't appreciate this quality in themselves. The core idea is that some of us are in tune with the subtle, the spiritual, the gentle, loving and kind, and enjoy quiet .... and the flip side is that we are easily overwhelmed (and maybe flare up) by excess stimulus. Whereas most of humanity, in the West anyhow (and especially Americans), appreciate lots of stimulus -- as can be seen from the restless noise everywhere in our cities and the cultural enthusiam for what is "new", "exciting" and an "adventure".
If you are "highly sensitive" (you can find and use Aron's test online to find out) and don't know it, or if you know it but don't love it in you, you may find warmth, comfort and encouragement to be yourself through this book. If someone you love is "highly sensitive", perhaps you will come to understand them better.
Valuable for counsellors too for the same reason: helpful for understanding people.
But as I read this book I was amazed. Not only did someone seem to understand exactly who I was and what I'd been struggling with my whole life, they were saying there was nothing wrong with me! Apparently I was normal, and there were lots of others like me. Being an HSP I now know is a positive thing, not a disorder. Like many other traits, there are pros and cons, but there is nothing 'inferior' about being a sensitive person. I realise there are many things I can do as a HSP, that the more thick-skinned 'normal' people can't.
Basically this book has validated a part of my personally that I was ashamed of, and has helped me learn who I truly am. It has raised my self-esteem just by reading it, and without having to do any tedious self-helpy exercises. It has also given me permission to avoid loud and smelly parties without feeling like a social reject. Thank you Elaine Aron!
If you feel that you are even slightly more sensitive than the average person, I think you will find this book invaluable.Read more ›
Highly sensitive doesn't mean that we cringe and cry at every little thing that happens or doesn't go our way. It means we are introverted -- we don't get our energy from other people, but from ourselves, from within. This means we require more time to ourselves than most people (about 20% of society is introverted). It doesn't mean that we don't like other people -- we are extremely social beings. What it does mean is that we pick up on slight non-verbal and verbal types of communication that slip past most folks. To complicate matters, it is no secret that Western society does not favor the introverted, and the value of HSPs is generally unrecognized. In fact, the role of many HSPs throughout history has been among the ethical thinkers and leaders, the givers of inspiration.
Aron herself is a research psychologist, psychotherapist, and an HSP.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The type of book you don't have to read cover to cover. You can just dip in and out at leisure when things are on your mind. Has really helped me understand my personality.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived Friday afternoon and finished it by Sunday night. I found this book extremely interesting - it seemed to be written just for me! Read morePublished 15 days ago by M. F. Uniacke-Kvam
I really enjoyed reading this. The book is very well thought out looking at ways to cope if you are highly sensitive and how to identify if you are a highly sensitive person. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kimarli
Excellent , helpful book for understanding your self better. Great to give to patients who need to understand and respect their needs more fully. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Lisa J.
Very interesting insight into the sensitive persons personality and if you are that kind of person might hep you to understand why you might feel a certain way in certain... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jane E. Marsden
Comprehensive book covering all the aspects that may be relevant to any HSP in any life situation. Writing style is easy to follow, i.e. Read more
Excellent book - which I use within my work as a therapist; which is helpful for some client work. Would recommend to other therapists, counsellors etc.Published 1 month ago by SMS
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