The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You Paperback – 16 Aug 1999
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I wept through almost every page of this book out of sheer self-recognition. To say this book changed my life would be an understatement.I am forever grateful to elaine aron.
--Alanis Morissette, singer, songwriter, activist
"This remarkable book...gives a fresh perspective, a sigh of relief, and a good sense of where we belong in society."
--John Gray, author of "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus"
"Elaine Aron's perceptive analysis of this fundamental dimension of human nature is must reading. Her balanced presentation suggests new paths for making sensitivity a blessing, not a handicap."
--Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., author of "Shyness: What It Is, What to Do About It"
"Enlightening and empowering, this book is a wonderful gift to us all."
--Riane Eisler, author of "The Chalice and the Blade"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Are you a highly sensitive person?
Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Are you "too shy" or "too sensitive" according to others? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? If your answers are yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).
Most of us feel overstimulated every once in a while, but for the Highly Sensitive Person, it's a way of life. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Elaine Aron, a psychotherapist, workshop leader and highly sensitive person herself, shows you how to identify this trait in yourself and make the most of it in everyday situations. Drawing on her many years of research and hundreds of interviews, she shows how you can better understand yourself and your trait to create a fuller, richer life.
In "The Highly Sensitive Person, you will discover:
* Self-assessment tests to help you identify your particular sensitivities
* Ways to reframe your past experiences in a positive light and gain greater self-esteem in the process
* Insight into how high sensitivity affects both work and personal relationships
* Tips on how to deal with overarousal
* Informations on medications and when to seek help
* Techniques to enrich the soul and spirit --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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
I had received the three books.but i nevet did the feedback because i couldnt find were to do it.thank you and i apologise for not senfing before.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Thank God Elaine wrote this book - it was so reassuring to learn about myself and my tendencies that I thought made me very strange, misunderstood and isolated. Read morePublished 7 days ago by neets
Although a I was able to answer affirmatively for a lot of the questions to determine if I was a 'HSP'. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good and bad: interesting to finally understand myself at some point, but some chapters are really like an analyse at the shrink I felt very depressed and anxious reading some... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Hafassa Farida
This is an essential read for any parent, coach, therapist, or GP. In fact just ANYBODY who cares about people and their way of experiencing the world.Published 28 days ago by Andrew Sercombe
Yes, it all makes sense now, it's all perfectly clear, well the fog is beginning to lift at least.Published 1 month ago by Marc P
I feel that this book has opened a whole new world to me that I have denied all my life. It is OK to be highly sensitive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mrs s a trickett
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