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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a self teacher, and have been for many years now....yet I had never heard that one can be a "sensitive". Read morePublished 13 days ago by KL Raymond
Covers all the bases and is a great introduction to sensory defensivenessPublished 21 days ago by Katie
The information was very insightful. My son indentifies with much of the characteristics.Published 23 days ago by lady6244
This is a great book. It covers the basics, but also goes into natural methods of treatment to include essential oils, light therapy, etc. Very interesting and useful read!Published 1 month ago by Christian counselor
I affectionately call this book the "yellow Bible" because it brought hope and understanding into my life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent primer for those afflicted with extraordinary sensitivies to loud and annoying noises, visual stimuli, touch, and basically the vibrant world around them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by suzy soo