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Dr. Elaine Aron: update about "Sensitive--The Untold Story" PART 2 on Vimeo

Elaine Aron explains high sensitivity to those who do not have the trait. In this short video Elaine Aron packs in all the basic information about high sensitivity,…
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Actors and High Sensitivity | Highly Sensitive

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Scarlett Johansson: “Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so sensitive." //

Nicole Kidman: "Most actors are highly sensitive people." //

Taye Diggs says he has been acting for as long as he has been shy.

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Cutting and high sensitivity | TalentDevelop

Cutting and high sensitivity | TalentDevelop | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it
People engage in self-injury for various reasons, including regulating their emotional states and trying to manage situations in their environment.


Some deal with their high sensitivity very well, with adequate self care and respecting their needs for boundaries and retreating, but some people take drugs, and others self-injure to deal with their stress and anxiety, which can be heightened with the trait of high sensitivity. News reports suggest that teens "are harming themselves at rates higher than previously suspected”

Angelina Jolie said, "I don't cut myself now..."

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Shyness, Introversion, Sensitivity - What's the Difference?

Shyness, Introversion, Sensitivity - What's the Difference? | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

Shyness, introversion and high sensitivity may share some qualities, and they can overlap and interact, but they are not the same.

Many people may think of themselves as shy or at least call themselves shy as a convenient label – or they may be characterized that way by other people – when actually they are highly sensitive or introverted and therefore feel more emotionally safe and comfortable in less social situations.



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Introverted, Shy or Highly Sensitive in the Arts

Introverted, Shy or Highly Sensitive in the Arts | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

Like many talented artists, Emma Watson identifies herself as introverted:


“I feel like I’ve been given a lot of credit where it isn’t due that I don’t like to party. The truth is that I’m genuinely a shy, socially awkward, introverted person."

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The Art of Extreme Self-Care course

The Art of Extreme Self-Care course | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

Cheryl Richardson: "The more you become your own best champion, supporter, cheerleader, and trusted confidant, the better able you’ll be to fully and joyfully express your blessed creativity. That’s when your art becomes more and more successful in the world. It begins with treating yourself with love, respect, kindness, and compassion."

 

Learn more about her Live Online Course: "The Art of Extreme Self-Care" starting Feb 12, 2014. http://highlysensitive.org/TAoESC

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Our High Sensitivity: Both A Gift and Vulnerability to Anxiety

Our High Sensitivity: Both A Gift and Vulnerability to Anxiety | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it
Anxiety is a frequent partner of highly sensitive people. This article explores understanding high sensitivity to help HSP's handle anxiety better.
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Neuroscience and Sensitivity: the Amygdala | Highly Sensitive

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A news item by ScienceDaily reported on research that may explain more about the neuroscience that underlies high sensitivity.

 

Ashley Judd experienced a “very unsafe” and disruptive childhood, and became what she calls a “hypervigilant child.”

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Introversion - Highly Sensitive People (HSP) Resources

Introversion - Highly Sensitive People (HSP) Resources | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

Shyness, introversion and high sensitivity are different, but can overlap and interact. There are many resources for helping us thrive with these traits.

 

“We introverts often find ourselves succumbing to this pressure to join the fun, so we push past our point of psychic exhaustion…But we have to pace ourselves, manage our energy, and in this most wonderful time of the year, we sometimes have to rely on subterfuge to do so." Sophia Dembling

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Winona Ryder: "Maybe I'm too sensitive for this world." | Highly Sensitive and Creative

Winona Ryder: "Maybe I'm too sensitive for this world." | Highly Sensitive and Creative | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

Winona Ryder starred in the film based on Susanna Kaysen‘s novel "Girl, Interrupted" and thinks Kaysen “captures a mood we’ve all experienced."

 

Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. has said she has seen “too many” highly sensitive children and adults “whose depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem prevent them from expressing whatever talents they have.”

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Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

"During her Greenland childhood Smilla developed an almost intuitive understanding of all types of snow and their characteristics. As an adult she worked for a time as a scientist whose specialty was snow and ice. Her certainty about the manner of a child’s death is due to this visceral “feeling for snow”. - From 'Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow' (about the book)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Smilla%27s_Feeling_for_Snow
Produced as a 1997 motion picture entitled Smilla's Sense of Snow, starring Julia Ormond, based on the book by Peter Hoeg http://buff.ly/Hincnm

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Introverted, Shy or Highly Sensitive in the Arts

Introverted, Shy or Highly Sensitive in the Arts | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

Many creative people are considered shy, sensitive or introverted, or identify themselves as one or all of these.

But shyness – a form of anxiety – should be clearly distinguished from the personality traits of introversion and high sensitivity, although all three can overlap in many ways.

Photo: "Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it." Liv Tyler

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Are You Highly Sensitive? | TalentDevelop

Are You Highly Sensitive? | TalentDevelop | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

In an article of hers, Elaine Aron, Ph.D. describes some of the basic qualities of the personality trait of high sensitivity. Here is the article.

 

You may belong to the 20% of us who innately prefer to think before acting.

Are you famous for being slow to make decisions?

Do you need more down time than your friends do?

Are you bothered by noise, crowds, and having too much going on at once?

Are you unusually conscientious? Creative? Have a rich inner life?

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Our High Sensitivity Personality

Our High Sensitivity Personality | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

Director Luc Besson commented about Milla Jovovich in their film “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc” (1999) that “She has the same kind of passion and excess [as Joan] and, you know, she can laugh and she can cry two seconds afterwards. She can cry for an ant on the street. She has, like, no skin. She feels everything. Even the wind can make her cry.”

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A Resource Site for Introverted and Highly Sensitive People

A Resource Site for Introverted and Highly Sensitive People | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it
The Sheep Dressed Like Wolves site helps introverted or highly sensitive people understand themselves, manage energy, gain confidence for creative lives.


Founder Andy Mort“I am a musician and songwriter who often struggles to get my quiet temperament working effectively towards my life’s goals and ambitions.

“I help encourage, inspire, and equip other introverted and Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) looking to find meaning and variety in their own lives."

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Developing Creativity

Developing Creativity | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

Developing Creativity newsletter - "A Calling to Be Creative"; "Pain and suffering and developing creativity"; "Steve Jobs and Thinking Differently"; much more

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Shyness and High Sensitivity - On Stage or Off

Shyness and High Sensitivity - On Stage or Off | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

Many performers and actors experience shyness and are introverted or highly sensitive. Many people find performing changes their level of self confidence.


Amy Adams says, “Being an actress hasn’t made me insecure. I was insecure long before I declared I was an actress.”

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Peter Messerschmidt's curator insight, May 11, 7:57 PM

Many HSPs are quiet reserved people... yet many also enjoy the creativity of acting and being on stage. 

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» Sensitivity and Creativity: Cheryl Richardson and Alanis Morissette - The Creative Mind

» Sensitivity and Creativity: Cheryl Richardson and Alanis Morissette - The Creative Mind | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it
Are you tired of conforming to society’s standards or the expectations of others just to fit in? Are you ready to allow the creative artist in you to emerge fully in the world?


Those quotes by coach and author Cheryl Richardson relate to her extensive writing and teaching on self-care for creative and highly sensitive people.

She is presenting “Self-Care for the Creative Soul” with Alanis Morissette – a retreat March 2-6, 2014, at Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

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Mastering emotional overload but still being highly sensitive

Mastering emotional overload but still being highly sensitive | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it
As creativity coach Eric Maisel notes, emotion is the life blood of art - but that doesn’t mean you should be a slave to your emotions.
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Callie Carling's curator insight, January 21, 6:03 AM

Interesting article ... very interesting!

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How The Creative Process Helps Highly Sensitive People - HSP Health Blog

How The Creative Process Helps Highly Sensitive People - HSP Health Blog | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it
The creative process helps us define what we want and how to achieve it. It helps us develop our own authority and therefore manage our lives better.
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“Creatives often feel and perceive more intensely, dramatically, and with a wildly vivid color palate to draw from, which can only be described as looking at the world through a much larger lens." – Creativity Coach Lisa Riley, from excerpt from my book: Being Highly Sensitive and Creative. - http://highlysensitive.org/being-highly-sensitive-and-creative/

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Callie Carling's curator insight, January 15, 2:27 PM

Ah ... the power of creative play!

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Highly sensitive people: latent inhibition and creativity

Highly sensitive people: latent inhibition and creativity | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

One aspect of high sensitivity is increased sensory input. There are some intriguing research studies on how this works at the level of the brain and nervous system, and how it affects creative ability.

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How Introverts Can Stand Out at Work - Mashable

How Introverts Can Stand Out at Work - Mashable | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it
How Introverts Can Stand Out at Work
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Your average American workplace is not always kind to introverts.

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The Six Essential Aspects of Empathy, Part 3: Emotion Regulation

The Six Essential Aspects of Empathy, Part 3: Emotion Regulation | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it

"When you can clearly identify and regulate your own emotions, you’ll tend to be able to function skillfully in the presence of strong emotions (your own and others’), rather than being overtaken or knocked out of commission by them."

 

Karla McLaren - author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life's Most Essential Skill. http://buff.ly/1ipyp1G

 

 

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“The ability to self-regulate provides an all-access pass for traveling the internal world, allowing the artist to mine for the gems that can be found there…without losing touch with the light of day.” Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D., in article: Creative People and Trauma http://talentdevelop.com/6550/

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Jean Houston on perceptual capacity and psychic ability

Jean Houston on perceptual capacity and psychic ability | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it
Jean Houston thinks "what we call the psychic trait is something that is extended through our nervous system as part of our perceptual sensibilities."
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Eric Maisel on the creative value of calming | Highly Sensitive and Creative

Eric Maisel on the creative value of calming | Highly Sensitive and Creative | Highly Sensitive | Scoop.it
Creativity coach and psychologist Eric Maisel says “When you free neurons from their usual grip on small thoughts — ten worries, fifteen errands, and so on — and get to reclaim them..
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