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Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World Paperback – December 2, 2003
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It was an informative and enjoyable read, even though it turned out that Sensory Defensiveness doesn't particularly apply to me. However, if you are someone who is constantly feeling overwhelmed and irritated by environmental stimuli, to the point where others sometimes think you're slightly crazy, I have little doubt that you will find this book to be filled with "aha moments;" leading to a great sense of relief that there is actually a "name" for the confusing and painful feelings you may have experienced all your life.
After a thorough descriptive introduction, the author covers the ins and outs of Sensory Defensiveness in four sections. Part One talks about the basics of Sensory Defensiveness, giving many examples of the different ways people experience the condition. Heller also talks about the brain, and the neuroscience involved, and explains how Sensory Defensiveness falls along a continuum from fairly mild to debilitating.
In Part Two, entitled "Secondary Effects," the author describes the many ways in which Sensory Defensiveness contributes to other issues and illnesses in life. This includes issues from difficulty with maintaining a healthy social life, to actual mental disorders ranging from Anxiety to Social Phobias to OCD and much more.
Part Three introduces readers to the ways we may be engaged in activities that are overstimulating, and offers a range of suggestions for how to "turn down the volume" on stimulation.Read more ›
She explains the biology & science of sensory defensiveness as well as techniques & suggestions for reprogramming your brain.
I highly recommend.
Today, additionally, if someone "grabs" me by the back of my neck or arm when hugging me, my skin crawls. I have an innate "ability" to smell and hear things that others don't perceive until the odor/sound strengthens. Vibrations from HVAC units and 18-wheelers sitting outside my office (located in an industrial area) make my ears ring and I want to come out of my skin. Wearing synthetic materials (or Cashmere, for some reason) is also a big peeve, but not so bad as the others (lighting, vibrational sound and touch). To note, I was not abused as a child or adult; but then nor was I ever a "huggy" person, which upset my immediate family.
As an aside, I am "Type-A" and a born multi-tasker. I am an adjunct professor for a large university, on the Board of Trustees for another and President/CEO of a mid-sized 7-figure company based in the Midwest. I feel that I am a highly functioning person as do those I know personally or am in business with. I also feel I should state that I am a caring person who works with children (I get to hug them on my own terms and they don't "squish" me!Read more ›
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Finding this a very good book and easy to read. Definitely worth buying if this feels familiar to you; I have finally found a book about ME.Published 5 months ago by AmethystWoman
Really like this book. Just wished that the cover wasn't so bright. Since this book is about sensory processing disorder, I don't understand why the cover is tons of bright colors. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Emmanuel Joseph Sanchez
Ever wonder why you get headaches at work when the fluorescent lights are on. Get anxious when background noise makes you anxious. Then you must read this book.Published 6 months ago by L. clarke