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Editorial Reviews


"This is an excellent collection of new, practical coping strategies."
Elaine N. Aron, PhD, author of The Highly Sensitive Person

“If you’re highly sensitive, you’ve picked up the right book. Zeff’s easy-to-follow advice will transform your life. An illuminating book on a critically important topic.”
Linda Johnen, MS, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hinduism and Alpha Teach Yourself Yoga in Twenty-Four Hours

“This book is a must read for every highly sensitive person. Zeff has many innovative techniques for coping with the overstimulation and stress in our fast-paced world.”
Sanford L. Severin, MD, author of TriEnergetics

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Full of sound and practical advice for dealing with sensory and emotional overload, this book is the first "how-to" book for highly sensitive people navigating through our highly stimulating world.

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Product Details

  • Series: Step-By-Step Guides
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243965
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Ted Zeff received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1981 from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and has completed post-graduate studies in nutrition, ayurveda and meditation. Dr. Zeff has taught classes in stress reduction and healing insomnia for Hill Physicians Medical Group and also has a private practice counseling sensitive people and parents of sensitive children in the Bay Area and via telephone throughout the world.

At Ted Zeff's popular website, people obtain information about the trait of high sensitivity and learn coping strategies for themselves and their children. People can also sign up for a phone consultation or download "The Highly Sensitive Person's Healing Program."

Ted Zeff is the author of seven books:

The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide

The Highly Sensitive Person's Companion

The Strong, Sensitive Boy

Raise an Emotionally Healthy Boy

The Psychological and Physiological Effects of Meditation and the Physical Isolation Tank on Type A Behavior

Searching for God Part I

Searching for God Part II

Dr. Zeff has given numerous interviews about Highly Sensitive People, including on National Public Radio and such television shows such as Good Morning Bay Area. He has lectured internationally about Highly Sensitive People in such countries as Denmark and Holland and has been a featured speaker at the Highly Sensitive Person's annual gatherings in the United States. Ted Zeff's books have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, Danish and Polish.

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207 of 208 people found the following review helpful By Peter Messerschmidt on October 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Building on Dr. Elaine Aron's research on Highly Sensitive People, Ted Zeff's book takes a practical "next step" for the HSP: Now that you *know* about the trait, how do you *manage* it, in an overstimulating world? I started reading this book on a flight from Texas to a convention in California, and discovered tips I could immediately apply to my situation at that moment.

The author starts with a general overview of the HSP trait-- including the sensitivity "self test" developed by Elaine Aron-- and then offers readers some guidance on how to make the best use of the book. Subsequent chapters deal with such topics as preparing for your daily life, dealing with time pressures, physical health, improving sleep patterns, coping with relationships, the work environment, and spirituality. The book concludes by answering some common concerns and questions asked by HSPs, as well as a section on choosing an appropriate healer from the helping professions.

Throughout, Zeff draws on a variety of relaxation and meditation techniques, as well as aspects of Eastern philosophy and spirituality helpful in minimizing and ending general pain and suffering. His overall tone is gentle, helpful and validating, and completely appropriate for a Highly Sensitive Person.

Final thoughts: Highly Recommended (10 out of 10 possible bookmarks) for all HSPs. The book is easy to read, and takes on the much needed topic of how to PRACTICALLY deal with being an HSP.

Thanks for reading!

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By JK on January 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
I read Elaine Aron's book, "The Highly Sensitive Person" which was

quite helpful, but I still didn't know how to cope with my sensitivity

in this harsh world. I work in a pressure cooker environment with so

much loud noise, deadlines and aggressive people, I'm wiped out at the

end of the day. I found the chapter on `Creating a Peaceful Work

Environment" a godsend. I immediately started employing the suggestions

in the book. I was scared to ask my boss if I could work part time from

home, but I followed Ted Zeff's suggestions on how to explain to others

about my HSP trait and finally got the courage to ask for a change. I'm

now able to work three half days from home and being out of that

intense office has made me feel more relaxed and able to cope better

with my job.

While the chapters on calming the senses, coping with time pressure,

maintaining a healthy body and nurturing the HSP soul were helpful, I particularly found useful the chapter on "Harmonious

Relationships for the HSP." My entire life I have been sensitive and

over-reacted to people who have teased me or treated me in an abrasive

manner. I've been following the book's different techniques to reduce

conflicts with people and have had some encouraging results. I'm

finding that I'm asserting myself more in a positive manner when people

have made hurtful comments. I used to be upset sometimes for days when

someone hurt my feelings. I'm feeling hopeful that I have some new

tools that seem to really work so I won't keep obsessing over people

who have hurt me.
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171 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Elaine on April 28, 2006
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As a child, I was sent to my room as punishment for being "too sensitive" within my very stoic family. Looking back, I think I probably relished the time alone although I still remember the conflicting feelings of aloneness in not being understood, wondering why I so easily cried during a sad movie or other empathic inducements while others did not, wondering if there really was something wrong with me, etc. Later, in trying to eliminate all pieces of the sensitivity traits, I remained a bit different, regardless. Later still, I have found a good balance which simply comes from knowing and being true to yourself, knowing your strengths and limitations, saying "yes" to what would be good for you and learning to say "no" when need be. Good sense for anyone - highly sensitive or not.

The HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) is wired differently than most. Their nervous systems are more reactive and finely tuned, processing things - both positive and negative - more deeply. Also their brain wave patterns are more frequently in the theta state (near the state of meditation, open to intuitive feelings and able to pick up light, sound and other subtle vibrations easily) so truly they should be aware that their water glass holds more stimuli from sources that can become overwhelming and spilled over when not handled properly.

Maybe it's because I am an older HSP and have learned to adjust to the inherent traits, but I felt this book was not as beneficial as I had hoped. In addition, I felt many parts of "The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide" focused on negative limitations instead of needed ways to transcend problems and troublesome situations.
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