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The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You Paperback – June 2, 1997
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"This remarkable book . . . gives a fresh perspective, a sigh of relief, and a good sense of where we belong in society." —John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
"Elaine Aron's perceptive analysis of this fundamental dimension of human nature is must reading. Her balanced presentation suggests new paths for making sensitivity a blessing, not a handicap."—Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., author of Shyness: What It Is, What to Do About It
"Enlightening and empowering, this book is a wonderful gift to us all."—Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade
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This book was a waste of time and should not have been written in its current form. The author should have waited until these claims could have been better substantiated either by more scientific studies/evidence or by coherent clinical experience rather than wild, all-over-the-place generalizations and annoying stereotypes. And the entire book could have been condensed down to 3 pages.
If you think you are an HSP, or realize that you are one this is the book for you and it has helped me to not pathologize myself and to embrace who I am again.
I’ve since bought this for 5 people in my life and asked that in time, they do the same for someone. It has really helped me not be so hard on myself when something ‘small’ irritates me.
I can see why some people find it elitist at times, but I don’t mind that at all. There isn’t anything wrong with saying ‘this trait has advantages over non-HSP people’ just as there may be something that is a disadvantage to HSPs.
Really great to celebrate some of the positives aslects that come along with being a HSP. It has also encouraged me to ask to work from home twice a month.
I find the information presented in this book to be highly accurate, deeply insightful and very inspired. Highly recommended as it has given me some new information and ways of looking at and dealing with things.
Also, there is another book that has a small but very good section on flower essences for sensitive, empathic types that I highly recommend. The Sensitive Person's Survival Guide: An Alternative Health Answer to Emotional Sensitivity & Depression I find flower essences to be helpful when I need something extra to become or remain balanced.
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If you find the world a struggle but can't find the words to describe how it feels to others who just don't 'get' you, this book is for both of you.
I especially like the case studies and how there are sections to show to health professionals who don't believer you when you have extreme reactions to even very low doses of medication and for teachers if you are still in education.
Elaine's book is SUPERB, I'm struggling with Dave Markowitz book so if you are on the fence between the two my money is on this one. bought it on Kindle and then in paper back coz there was so much in it I wanted to underline, highlight, put a paper tab so I could find again and write out sections in a positivity healing journal.
Please don't call someone 'needy, too much, oversensitive' etc, ASK them whats going on and how you can help, or even better buy this book and find out how YOU can be a kinder person to them.
It has been very enlightening and helpful, the only reason I have given it 5 stars is because it seems to assume that we all have well paid, high-flying careers, with not only the opportunity, but also the wealth to pick and choose an ideal therapist.
The majority of us have ordinary lives, ordinary jobs, would have been nice for that to have been recognised.
The book offers too insights that help to appropriately support my grandson.
It emphasises that we should be true to our perceptions and not allow others to bully us into accepting that we are 'wimps' . It covers many aspects of life, and is a help to those who are more sensitive in dealing with the so-called 'normal' behaviour. If all the H S P's insisted that the rest of the population listened to only half of the issues covered in this book then great value for humanity would ensue. We need to put a brake on those people changing our world into an unlivable hell for us, we should be having a voice not allowing our confidence to be stripped away
This book has changed my life. It is so unbelievably 'on it' that I felt the writer was speaking about me, directly to me with an incredible insight into my daily and lifelong experiences. She is clearly incredibly academically, professionally and personally knowledgeable on this topic.
I wish to thank Elaine Aron from the bottom of my heart. So many things about myself that I had previously seen as weaknesses or as evidence that I was broken I now see as part of this wonderful trait of sensitivity with which I was born. It is not always easy being highly sensitive in such a hyper-stimulating world, but I am starting to really understand myself for the first time and am beginning to navigate a course for myself that is helping me to live a happier, calmer, healthier and more fulfilling life. Thank you, thank you, a million times, thank you, Elaine Aron.