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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; 6th Printing edition (16 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722538960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722538968
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
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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"

"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

-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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Although I could certainly identify with aspects of the description of H S P's the author gave, having read this book I feel it contains assumptions which seem to be based on the author's own ideas and perceptions of this 'trait'

I agree with a previous review in that I'm uncomfortable with the level at which she considers H S P' s to be superior to other lesser mortals and, as a counsellor myself , I feel that by grouping people with this 'trait' together, she's not fully acknowledging the uniqueness of all human beings. Maybe I'm being over-sensitive, as the 'trait' implies!

Lastly, I got agitated quite early on with the over-use of that word 'trait' Having said all of this, plenty of people seemed to relate to this book and find it helpful, maybe It's just me.
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Generally a great book, it has opened my eyes to why I have always felt different and thought there was something seriously wrong with me. Most people with a sensitive nervous system could probably gain new insights into how their bodies work by reading this book. But as the author herself says, it labels you somewhat, which is unavoidable I suppose and necessary to make a point. But I really disagree with the suggestion to put on your "persona" when you are in very stimulating social situations, meaning acting more like the non-HSPs as to make you feel more like them and thus reduce over-arousal. But as far as I can see it, that doesn't tackle the problem and is a bit like lying to oneself. Don't get me wrong, I have been doing this all my life as a strategy to deal with social situations. But recently I have come to learn that this seriously affects how I view myself, in my opinion supporting the sense of having to be someone else in order to be accepted. Maybe it works for some people and they can keep this separate, but for me being true to myself and finally accepting how I am and what I need is the way to go.
As I said, all in all I really recommend it, but keep an open mind about what works for you and what doesn't.
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I read this book after it being recommended to me by a friend who identifies as a HSP. We`d had a conversation about how exhausted we had been from a busy social event...
I read this book with an open mind and lots of intrigue. As soon as I'd read the first few pages, I realised the book was describing me!
It did feel hard work to read in some places but gave wonderful insights into why I react the way I do in different areas of life and I feel a little more `explained`. There were lots of strategies included too so I can be more aware of how to deal with difficult situations.
I would recommend this book to anyone who knows another HSP or feels they might have this trait themselves.
Thank you Elaine for making me feel a little less inadequate in social situations!
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In reading this highly interesting book, my dilemma was too often, "Am I one of these HSPs?" Which probably means I'm not. However, even if all I gained was insight into those who are highly sensitive, it was worthwhile.
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Helped me discover myself. Great read for anyone who might suspect themselves or relatives to be an HSP.
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Sad to say I found this book a hard slog. It probably has a lot of useful information (maybe too much) but i found I kept drifting off so have given up.
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Life changing
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Interesting and helpful book.
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