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The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World (Step-By-Step Guides) Paperback – October 1, 2004
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"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
From the Publisher
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I really enjoyed the supportive, yet humorous tone in which Ted Zeff
wrote the book making for easy reading. In the past I've had trouble
following too technical writing by professionals. If you are a highly
sensitive person, this book can really help you.
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.
Reading this book from a non-HSP's perspective, I viewed the HSP portrayed as being willfully temperamental, weak, fragile and needing to be coddled. I also felt they were singled out for possession of weaknesses not necessarily belonging to an HSP but could fit a broader population or sometimes anyone at all. A few examples are: "In some situations it can be useful to state that you have a finely tuned nervous system before you request that the person change their (annoying) behavior." (Yet the scenarios given would make anyone upset and it's doubtful that telling the offender that one is HSP, would help.) "The hospital and medical environment is quite emotionally challenging for the HSP." (I disagree.) "By the way, I don't think the song `I Could Have Danced All Night' was written by an HSP." (I disagree with the inference that an HSP doesn't have the physical stamina and/or that they may need a constant drone of boredom in order to survive.) References to "safe", quiet spaces, "inhospitable environment" and other innuendoes caused me to believe the inaccurate stereotyping that HSPs must be catered to due to their delicate natures.
"The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide" is a great resource guide for any who need to learn how to take care of themselves, however. Written by Ted Zeff, PH.D., a psychologist who has taught stress reduction, insomnia management and also currently teaches workshops for HSP, "The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide" is filled with very detailed methods of sensible and vital information and coping techniques for anyone wanting to reduce stress levels and live a calmer and healthier lifestyle. I especially enjoyed the "Nurturing The HSP Soul" chapter.