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The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron
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Sep 17, 2012

it was ok

There appears to be a growing interest in what it is to be shy, or an introvert, or a highly sensitive person. (All three are distinctly different traits, although they can, and do, overlap). This is an interesting book on what it is to be “highly sensitive”. A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) has sensory receptors turned on ‘high’. Sights, sounds, physical sensations, moods, and intuition are felt louder or deeper. HSP’s can get frazzled, distressed, and unnerved as a result.

The author, Elaine Aron, describes herself as a HSP. I think this is a good book for someone wondering if they too are highly sensitive (note: not over-sensitive – just highly sensitive). There are good strategies for coping with this trait, all which essentially start with understanding and appreciating the positives of being highly sensitive and the limitations to what kind of environment the HSP will find comfortable.
This book was published in 1996; an update on the section about medication would be helpful as I think some of the author’s statements about what is “well known” may now be out of date.
Overall, this is a book worth considering.
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