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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: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 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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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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Helped me discover myself. Great read for anyone who might suspect themselves or relatives to be an HSP.
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Life changing
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Interesting and helpful book.
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Written very accessibly and useful strategies to cope
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This is an amazing book. It explains me in a comprehensive way that no other book on my self-help journey has quite been able to. Not only am I highly sensitive, I am also score highly on sensation seeker traits. This explains a lot. I found the book to be so on the mark and insightful it was at times uncomfortable. Like many highly sensitive people, I have attempted to deny my sensitivity due to being told off for it as a child and people trying to correct it out of me or put me down for it like I was doing it on purpose and like it was something I was able to change. This book is very supportive and gives practical tips on how to handle the prejudice people like me have and do face in a non-highly sensitive culture. The only trouble for me with it was that even though the author promotes the good qualities inherent in the trait, I did find it hard to deal with the fact that I cannot ever change this about myself. I know it's all about self acceptance... but having pretended not to be so sensitive all my life, felt like it was something to deny if 'accused' of being that way... and being brought up to believe I could change this about myself... well it's made me feel a bit bleak in spite of the author's positivity about the specialness of the trait. On the one hand it's good to know that there is nothing wrong with me. But on the other hand I think I preferred thinking there was something wrong with me because that gave me hope that I could be fixed. Anyway, I thought others should be aware of that possibility in reading the book, not to put them off reading it, but instead to prepare them that they may need good support from loving caring people around them while coming to terms with certain key ideas in the book. Having said all that, I think it was essential reading in my case.Read more ›
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As soon as I thought of this book, some lines from the film character Forrest Gump came to mind, “My mum always said, life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." And so it was for my parents as it continues to be for many. I was of a generation that didn't understand high sensitivity and it was certainly not considered to be the ideal in men. To survive I had to hide it. The book the Highly Sensitive Person shines a light on what it means to be highly sensitive at its many different levels and how to embrace its qualities in a positive way. Elaine Aron encourages the reader to view the trait through a neutral lens; to understand its benefits to the individual and society and to better manage those situations that can over-tax the personal resources of the highly sensitive, so as to maintain better balance (an important consideration for those studying or starting out on a career). For many years I viewed my own high sensitivity to be a curse. This book has helped me to turn around that negative perception and to see it in a positive light. The book might be a shock for the sensitive with little knowledge of their trait or for those that may suspect they are highly sensitive, in the sense that you might feel as if the author had personally written it for you; such is the insight, power and wisdom within. And this is the beauty of the book in a nutshell.
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