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Exploring the many aspects of being a Highly Sensitive Person (or "HSP") as defined by Dr. Elaine Aron in her 1996 book by the same name.
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The Highly Sensitive Person: A Life Changing Book

The Highly Sensitive Person: A Life Changing Book | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it
Are YOU a Highly Sensitive Person? Have you ever been called "too sensitive" or been told to "lighten up?" You might want to read Dr. Elaine Aron's book!
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If you consider yourself to be an HSP but haven't read "The Highly Sensitive Person" by Dr. Elaine Aron, it might be a good idea to do so-- this books has changed the lives of thousands of HSPs around the globe. Here's a pretty thorough review of the book:
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Highly Sensitive Persons, Healing and the Power of Language

Highly Sensitive Persons, Healing and the Power of Language | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it
The Highly Sensitive Person, or "HSP", tends to be more "aware" of his or her inner world, and generally spends more time in introspection than most people.
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A nice article about the importance of choosing our words carefully-- originally ran in OM Times Magazine

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The Texas HSP Group Online

The Texas HSP Group Online | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

A regional discussion group and "contact point" for Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP) living in the Lone Star State. The main purpose of the group is to explore the ins and outs of being a Highly Sensitive Person, and to support each other as HSPs. The secondary purpose is to help Texas HSPs connect, interact, make contacts, form support groups and make friends. 

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It's always a good idea for HSPs to connect with others in their area!

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23 Signs That You’re A Highly Sensitive Person « Intuition « Edward Mills

23 Signs That You’re A Highly Sensitive Person « Intuition « Edward Mills | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it
Sensitive male role models were hard to find growing up in the seventies in a middle-class Boston suburb. So for most of my life I considered myself a fairly…
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Another nice article from a highly sensitive MALE, speaking openly about his discovery of the trait.

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HSP Living: Intense Feelings and Learning to Respond Instead of React

HSP Living: Intense Feelings and Learning to Respond Instead of React | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it
When you're a Highly Sensitive Person (or HSP), you tend to experience very strong and deep feelings. Managing those feelings constructively is an important part of a healthy life for HSPs.
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It's important to find ways to NOT get caught in the trap of "just reacting" to everything... because it tends to be both overwhelming AND "toxic."

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The Highly Sensitive Person: A Life Changing Book

The Highly Sensitive Person: A Life Changing Book | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it
Have you ever been told that you are just 'too sensitive? ' As a child, were you often thought of as 'fussy,' and maybe very shy or timid? Have you spent much of your adult life feeling like you just don't fit in; like almost every...
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If you believe you are "highly sensitive" and have not read this book... you are only seing part of the whole picture. This is a MUST read for all sensitives...

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HSP Notes: Looking Back: Life Always Seemed "Louder" Than Me

HSP Notes: Looking Back: Life Always Seemed "Louder" Than Me | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

A look back, exploring some of the "early signs of being an HSP" in childhood.

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Highly sensitive relationships - Gwen Stefani: "I'm really emotional"

Highly sensitive relationships - Gwen Stefani: "I'm really emotional" | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

Like a number of other dynamic and creative musicians and actors, Gwen Stefani affirms she has qualities of the personality trait of high sensitivity: “I’m really emotional..."


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The Pacific Northwest HSP Network

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The Pacific Northwest HSP Network is a social & support group system for Highly Sensitive People living in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Alaska & Idaho
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Connecting with other HSPs in our local area can be extremely validating and healing. Sometimes just being in an online group is "not enough."

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HSP Topics: Work and the Highly Sensitive Person

HSP Topics: Work and the Highly Sensitive Person | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

If you are a Highly Sensitive Person (or HSP), you may have faced a variety of struggles with work. This article explains some of the fundamental ways in which HSPs approach working from a different angle than most other members of the population.

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A Workshop About Highly Sensitive Men

A Workshop About Highly Sensitive Men | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

A workshop ABOUT highly sensitive men and gaining better understanding about how being an HSP affects our lives.

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HSP Living: Thoughts on being Highly Sensitive, a People Pleaser and a "Nice" Person

HSP Living: Thoughts on being Highly Sensitive, a People Pleaser and a "Nice" Person | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it
Are you a highly sensitive person who has been called "too nice?" Have you ever examined WHY and HOW you are "nice?
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HSP Living: Creativity Does not Happen on a Schedule

HSP Living: Creativity Does not Happen on a Schedule | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

Most HSPs also tend to be highly creative. But creativity tends to be a fleeting and tough to "control" thing.

 

It's not always easy to make the most of your creativity in a world that often centers around clocks and schedules. Being creative "on command" seldom works well... or, at least, doesn't make the most of our talents. So what can we do?

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What You Say To A Highly Sensitive Person And What They Hear

What You Say To A Highly Sensitive Person And What They Hear | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it
HSP = Highly sensitiv
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A little stereotypical,  but there's some underlying truth there.
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HSP Notes: HSPs and the Challenges of Ambition and Achievement

HSP Notes: HSPs and the Challenges of Ambition and Achievement | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

HSPs tend to define things like "Ambition" and "Success" differently from the rest of the world...

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Shyness and High Sensitivity - On Stage or Off

Shyness and High Sensitivity - On Stage or Off | The Highly Sensitive Person | 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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Many HSPs are quiet reserved people... yet many also enjoy the creativity of acting and being on stage. 

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HSP Toolbox: Daily Journaling - HSP Health Blog

HSP Toolbox: Daily Journaling - HSP Health Blog | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it
Journaling is a great tool of personal development and healing. Here are some great tips on daily journaling from Natasha Akery.
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Writing is often an excellent form of creative expression for HSPs-- writing tends to move at an "HSP speed;" there's time to reflect deeply on each word.

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Accepting Yourself as an Introvert and Loving Your Inner Tortoise

Accepting Yourself as an Introvert and Loving Your Inner Tortoise | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it
As introverts, it’s easy for us to get alienated from our own nature because of the extrovert bias in our culture. It's time that we celebrate ourselves.

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Although this is really about introverts... it really is also applicable to HSPs.

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Drifting Through La La Land: Being a Highly Sensitive Person with ADHD

Drifting Through La La Land: Being a Highly Sensitive Person with ADHD | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it
If you are a highly sensitive person or HSP and also have ADHD, you are often dealing with a double whammy of personal management issues.
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HSP Wellness: The Highly Sensitive Person and Coping with Noise Sensitivities

HSP Wellness: The Highly Sensitive Person and Coping with Noise Sensitivities | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

When you’re a highly sensitive person (or HSP), noise can be an extremely invasive, distressing and overstimulating part of life. But we can't just "check out of life" because noise is overwhelming... so what CAN we do?

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HSP Notes: Elaine Aron's "The Undervalued Self:" An Undervalued Book?

HSP Notes: Elaine Aron's "The Undervalued Self:" An Undervalued Book? | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

For HSPs, learning is key. For many HSPs, there's also a healing process to take place... righting many wrongs from a less-than-ideal past. Elaine Aron's book "The Undervalued Self" can be an extremely helpful guid for HSPs... and yet it seems to be overlooked by many. Why?

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Highly Self-Employed

Highly Self-Employed | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

 

"Being self-employed can be life saving for hIghly sensitive people who are drained and made sick by conventional work environments."

 


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Career change coach Valerie Young writes about entrepreneurs “tapping into the best capital there is – their own intellectual capital” in post: "Valerie Young on turning your interests into income" http://theinnerentrepreneur.com/34/valerie-young-on-turning-your-interests-into-income/

> This is on my site The Inner Entrepreneur, which has many more articles and resources.

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An Online Discussion Group for HSPs in Northern California

An Online Discussion Group for HSPs in Northern California | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

If you're a Highly Sensitive Person living in the greater Bay Area or other parts of Northern California, this is an online discussion group for you... moderated membership and posting ensures an "HSP safe" space for expression and discussion.

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Is Your Child a Highly Sensitive Person? - Aleteia

Is Your Child a Highly Sensitive Person? - Aleteia | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

"Are you or your child a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?…Schools often try to change Highly Sensitive Children. They are made to sit at tables facing other children so they can learn to “cooperate,” when in fact they do their best work sitting in a row.

 

"They may hold back from many school activities because these have become competitive events. They would rather enjoy sports, art, music, or dance for intrinsic merits, rather than trying to win a blue ribbon or first place." // "Sometimes, even the liturgy seems to favor outgoing, hale-and-hearty personalities." - By clinical psychologist William Van Ornum


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Douglas Eby's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:55 PM

A CNN article on “sensory processing sensitivity” reported that people with this trait “tended to have more brain activity in the high-order visual processing regions.” - From post: Better at noticing subtle details http://highlysensitive.org/339/better-at-noticing-subtle-details/

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You're not the only HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). 

You're not the only HSP (Highly Sensitive Person).  | The Highly Sensitive Person | Scoop.it

Do you get easily overwhelmed at parties or crowded areas, and take your own car so you can leave whenever necessary? Do you need quiet time to decompress and realign yourself? ... 

 

"You're probably an HSP, Highly Sensitive Person, and there are a lot of us out there. Sometimes the world can seem like a very scary and uncontrollable place, way too much to handle. But by giving in to your fears your life isn't as rich and beautiful as it can be! There are tons of ways to handle and be aware of your limitations without allowing it to run your life and relationships."


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