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The Highly Sensitive Person Paperback – June 2, 1997
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I especially appreciated the explanation of the biochemistry of "over-stimulation." When sensitive people are forced to interact in unnatural evironments the cortisol levels in their bloodstream increases, making them even more sensitive to their environment than they usually are. Unless they can withdraw, or otherwise calm themselves, it is a virtual certainty that they will overreact. This means that they will act contrary to their usual conscientious, reasonable, and understanding normal behavior in order to escape. Needless to say, inspite of the fact that this reaction is virtually out of their control, this overreaction is dealt with harshly by society- and by employers.Read more ›
Answer true or false to these ten statements as they apply to you:
1. I find myself needing to withdraw during busy days to any place where I can have some privacy and relief from stimulation.
2. I am easily overwhelmed by things such as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens close by.
3. I get rattled when I have a lot to do in a short amount of time.
4. I startle easily.
5. I make it a point to avoid violent movies or TV shows.
6. Changes in my life shake me up.
7. When I must compete or be observed while performing a task, I become so nervous and shaky that I do much worse than I would otherwise.
8. I am very conscientious.
9. When I was a child, my parents or teachers seemed to see me as sensitive or shy.
10. I tend to be very sensitive to pain.
If you answered true to five or more of these statements or if any one or two statements are extremely true of you, then this book may be for you.
This easy-to-read, non-technical book (first published in 1996) by Dr. Elaine Aron, deals with the highly sensitive person (of which Aron is one). Such a person is one that has a very sensitive nervous system and thus has a trait of greater receptivity to stimulation that may cause over stimulation. This trait should not be confused with such things as introversion, shyness, inhibition, anxiety, or fear. (Interestingly, there are also extroverted highly sensitive people.)
This book provides basic, detailed information about this trait, data that is difficult to obtain elsewhere. According to the author, "[This book] is the product of five years of research, in-depth interviews, clinical experience, courses, and individual consultations with hundreds of highly sensitive persons.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing, informative, eye-opening - all the superlatives related to self-discovery! Everyone should read this book - teachers, spouses, parents!Published 1 day ago by Glenda Wolfe
if fell a bit short of my expectations, not that much to work with if you know what I mean.Published 4 days ago by Michael Tveter
Describes me to a T. Noone has known or understood me this well. Very helpful for how to manage my filters.Published 5 days ago by Deborah A. Wilhelm
This book addresses the issues a HIS may face, I was hoping for more of a spiritual, compassionate approach rather than a scientific approach.Published 6 days ago by Catherine L. Poss
Too much info about the author and not enough about being a highly sensitive personPublished 14 days ago by Ginger