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The Highly Sensitive Person Paperback – June 2, 1997
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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 ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really useful, practical information. Eye opening. Excellent purchase, I'm recommending it to all my HSP friends.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Well written practical companion book for anyone who tends to be overly sensitive. I am reading it slowly and rereading to reinforce the content and build a sense of confidence. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Francine
Wish I had known about and read this book and her love/relationships book a long time ago. It would have made understanding and thriving with being highly sensitive come so much... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Nibbles
So far it's a pretty informative read, but I'm finding that while some of it applies to me, much of it does not.Published 8 days ago by S. Rodriguez
I think Highly Sensitive Child is a better read, although I did read that one first. This book is about the approximately 20% of the population that process sensory information... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Mark Schaefer
Okay, but it seems to me this is more about pathologically sensitive people. But written by a PhD who is into studying such people you'd expect that. Read morePublished 16 days ago by JL
I got this on behalf of my husband but found it relevant for both of us. It was recommended by his therapist and it allowed him to understand why he was often overwhelmed and... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer