2014-02-28

The Highly Sensitive Person By Elaine Aron

RECOMMENDED BOOKS: The Highly Sensitive Person  

http://amzn.to/1mNe1eS [Several good books, not free.]

I posted an article recently about highly sensitive people, and a whole lot of folks identified with it. It seems that a lot of prophetic folks fit in the “highly sensitive” category, which shouldn’t be a surprise.

A friend recommended this book for folks in the “highly sensitive” category, to learn how to survive, and even to thrive, in an overstimulating world. There are several books here. Note that they are not written from the Christian perspective, but from a psychology perspective. Still profitable (or “prophetable,” if you prefer).  

From the publisher: 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 HSP, it’s a way of life. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Elaine Aron, a clinical psychologist, workshop leader, and an HSP 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. Updated with a new Author’s Note, including the latest scientific research, and a fresh discussion of anti-depressants for HSPs, this edition of The Highly Sensitive Person also includes:

§         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
§         Information on medications and when to seek help
§         Techniques to enrich the soul and spirit


From a 5-star review: “In this unique book, research psychologist Elaine Aron breaks new psychological ground by defining a personality trait inadequately explored in the past, a trait that an estimated 15-20% of the U.S. population carries. The trait manifests in a highly sensitive nervous system present from birth and probably inherited, much like other personality traits or physical features. Highly sensitive people, or HSPs as Aron calls people who possess this trait, are much more sensitive to nearly everything they experience -- from the sensory characteristics of objects and events, to the subtleties of inner feelings and relationships between people. As a result of this heightened awareness to everything in their environment, highly sensitive people in our culture are often told, "You're too sensitive for your own good," and are admonished to develop a "tougher skin." 

Ms. Aron discusses the ways in which people with this trait have frequently been mislabeld in the past, often branded as "shy," "introverted," or "neurotic," even by professionals. She goes to great lengths to define and describe the sensitivity trait as it influences an individual's life, providing both research evidence and personal anecdotes from the scores of people interviewed for her work. The evidence illustrates that being a highly sensitive person is both a blessing and a burden, depending upon a number of different factors in the life history of the individual. Possessing this trait can make life challenging at times but Ms. Aron, herself an HSP, emphasizes that being sensitive is not a psychological disorder or a personality flaw to get rid of. The sensitivity trait is merely a part of an individual's personality.”