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Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person: Improving Outcomes for That Minority of People Who Are the Majority of Clients

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'Highly sensitive people disproportionately benefit from supporting experiences, like therapy, yet prove especially vulnerable to adverse ones, including troubled childhoods. This insightful volume, which explains why that is the case and provides guidance for maximizing treatment efficacy, should be on every therapist’s bookshelf.' - Jay Belsky, Director, Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, University of London

'Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person is a must-read for every therapist since up to fifty percent of therapy clients may have the trait of high sensitivity. The book is a brilliant, scholarly work filled with many fascinating vignettes and examples about how to treat the sensitive client. It will teach the therapist how to recognize and work with a highly sensitive client by employing therapeutic techniques to help the client manage their emotions, develop satisfactory relationships, and create a manageable work environment.' - Ted Zeff, PhD, author, The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide, The Strong, Sensitive Boy

'When it comes to psychotherapy, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. Indeed, patients fundamentally differ in their openness or susceptibility to all kinds of therapies and interventions. Dr. Aron deeply understands this and has spent most of her professional life studying differences between people in their sensitivities to the social and physical world around them. Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person provides an indispensible guide to understanding highly sensitive people―both their frailties and unique strengths―and how to help them turn potential vulnerabilities into real-life advantages.' - Bruce Ellis, John & Doris Norton Endowed Chair, Fathers, Parenting, and Families, University of Arizona; co-developer, Theory of Biological Sensitivity to Context

"...an importand addition to the literature on people born with 'highly sensitive' (HS) temperament...Every therapist would greatly benefit from reading this book." - Richard House, Ph.D., Therapy Today

"Elaine Aron has emerged as something of a doyenne in the temperament field...[Like] her earlier books, it is comprehensive and well-grounded in research and theory...Aron is a dedicated advocate for her group, and this book adds to her list of unusually compelling and well-considered offerings...[It] will serve as something of a compendium to which I am likely to turn each time I come across a highly sensitive soul, still struggling to accept her predilections." -Rob Pluke, South Africa, New Therapist

About the Author

Elaine Aron, PhD, has published numerous articles in academic journals on the highly sensitive person, including surveys, laboratory experiments, and neuroimaging studies. Her writings on other topics include books, chapters, and journal articles on close relationships as well as co-authoring a statistics textbook. Her writing for the general public includes the best selling Highly Sensitive Person, The Highly Sensitive Child, and The Undervalued Self. Dr. Aron maintains a psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, teaches public and professional workshops, and continues her research on the trait of sensitivity.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (June 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415800749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415800747
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HSP therapist (who, alas, is across the country from me) Ane Axford recently recommended this book to HSPs, not just therapists to HSPs. As I am about to get back into therapy with a new therapist (or therapists, if the first one doesn't work out), I decided to read this book and see if it had any insights for my process of finding a therapist and going through therapy. The book is a fabulous addition to the Highly Sensitive Person books. I'm finding that it gives me new insights into how I relate to the world. If you've read one or more of the other HSP books by Elaine Aron and found them useful, and you're looking for a greater understanding of yourself, I recommend picking this one up as well.
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I wish I could make all the professional people I know read this book. As a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) and mom of a HSP, I see the labels that are put on us, like we are broken or abnormal. No, we are not. The linear-brained world just doesn't get us global (whole brain) thinkers. All of her books are wonderful. The first one about the HSP profile was a life-saver. It made me feel like, "I'm not broken, but just a rare breed not well understood by the mainstream".
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Even though I'm not a therapist, I have just a lot of experience from the mental health field, and high sensitivity affects our family. I enjoy reading this book, as it makes me be alert to my own spontaneous choice of the word "affect". It shows clearly that given the right understanding, high sensitivity is not a problem, despite the fact that it demands consideration.

I don't remember which scholar stated that good writing on therapeutic issues says a lot about the value of what's written. Anyway, I find this book well written, with vivid examples. I enjoy reading it, with my educational background from the liberal arts.

Consumer issues, or I might say, patient issues demand attention. I like the fact that the author, researcher, and therapist here, identifies herself as highly sensitive herself. She knows what it is about, from under her skin. Nevertheless,she advocates the use of medication during times of severe distress. Not every patient would be happy about this, as there is an outcry for treatment options without medication. I subscribe to this option, and I hope more research and understanding will come about this, as, Elaine Aron, admits, we don't always know how medication will work.

For the professionally interested, there are a lot of references to scientific research in the appendixes. I am not competent to evaluate these.

I think it's possible that many sufferers will find help to live a happier life by the means of what is found in this book.
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Extremely important for learning about the Highly Sensitive Person. I gave this to my therapist to help to treat me and others like me in his practice. As now is known 15% to 20% of the population are such people and must be understood. I had struggled with a diagnose, been medicated for, etc. for bipolar for 40 years only to finally find that I am simply a Highly Sensitive Person. I was taken off bipolar meds and treated properly and my life is completely changed for the better. This book was a God send and the author is the authority in this area.
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I used to kid about my gravestone being engraved with; "I told you there was something wrong with me"! This book nails HSP's 1000% and it is so comforting to know there are are explanations and examples which connect to the sensitive reader. A must have for those suffering from "why do I feel different" after exhausting traditional diagnosis. In our chaotic society, its wonderful to know we can still feel sensitivity!

Superb!!!
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This was a great read! It's dense but will give you a new insight into HSP's as the author does give considerable attention to other related disorders in one of her appendix's as well as a few references throughout the book that no other HSP book I have read comes close to! I came away thinking I never had ADHD growing up, and that was a big eye opener. This author does take a different approach then the other 11 books that I've read on this subject in that she does refer to them as being critical a bunch of times throughout the book. Other than that what stood out to me a lot was the depth of the information. If you are a "one and done" reader then I recommend this one above all others because it offers the most insight into the subject. I also recommend this as a book to start off if your new to the trait.
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First, the good parts: Dr. Aaron seems to make an effort at being quite clear about highly sensitive traits and their effects. She quantifies/collects traits together somewhat differently than your standard classifications like introversion. This book is not about justifying the way she classifies these traits. Rather, she is clarifying how a highly sensitive client might present differently than a nonsensitive in the therapeutic setting. Not only that, but she also describes the traits of a well-adjusted highly sensitive person, in order to contrast with the issues faced by highly sensitive person who seeks out therapy.

Ironically, one of the best areas of this book is the appendices. I will second what another reviewer said: Read the appendices first. The information provided there is refreshingly straightforward, particularly when compared with the writing/editing problems in the rest of the book.

I was very interested in this topic, which is why I continued reading even through the chapter organization thoroughly annoyed me. After every subsection, there is a "Bottom Line:" paragraph which summarizes what Dr. Aron just took the last several paragraphs to explain. These summaries are next to useless, since they don't include any of the details or client profiles that the full explanations contain. If it was really possible to summarize Dr. Aron's information into single paragraphs, this would be a brochure, not a book. Do yourself a favor and skip the "Bottom Line" paragraphs.

Also, some of the info for therapists seems like it's for those just starting out or who really don't know how to conduct treatment with a highly sensitive client.
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