The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You

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Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., is a world-renowned psychologist and speaker. The Highly Sensitive Person is an indepth look at characteristics that define sensitivity. Through self-assessment tests and techniques, Aron shows listeners how to identify their own personality traits. This exceptional book can lead to remarkable results for many who suffer from constant stress and anxiety.

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Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., is a world-renowned psychologist and speaker. The Highly Sensitive Person is an indepth look at characteristics that define sensitivity. Through self-assessment tests and techniques, Aron shows listeners how to identify their own personality traits. This exceptional book can lead to remarkable results for many who suffer from constant stress and anxiety.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781436125000
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 604,226
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2002

    It just makes SENSE!

    This book pulls together a lot of information and education into a very readable guide that will help anyone who reads it, no matter how sensitive they are or aren't. It just makes SENSE! Sensitivity isn¿t a problem; it¿s a gift, with a true biological cause. I¿ve fought being too sensitive my whole life. This book changed my whole frame of reference about myself and the world around me. I stopped trying to control my reactions to my environment, and started finding ways to deal with my surroundings in a healthy way instead. Not only was this book a God-send for me, but discussing the book quickly helped my husband understand me better, and know how to deal with me better. It wasn't long before the material we were discussing also began to help him reframe his own world too. You don't have to have the problem/gift yourself to get a lot out of this book -- anyone who has to relate to highly-sensitive people in the home or the workplace will find those relationships greatly enhanced by reading this book.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Since being a highly sensitive person goes against our cultural ideal, it's hard to find much information about it.

    A fairly accurate depiction of what it is like to be a highly sensitive person. Useful information for those of us who are, to help us to better understand ourselves, and also for those of us who are not, to make us aware of how it all works. Easy to read.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    If you think you might be an HSP, then read this book

    My fiance` found some information online about highly sensitive persons and though I might should check into it. I'd never heard of such, but I got this book after doing some research and clearly I am highly sensitive. It helped me feel better to know I'm not the only one and also to know how to care for myself and relate to others. I'm excited to read more on the subject.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    Understanding the highly sensitive

    The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. Highly recommended. --------------------------------------------------------- --------------- There is no end to the ways in which human personality types can be categorised. According to Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., one of these categories, comprising about 15¿20 percent of humanity, is the 'highly sensitive person.' HSPs are individuals whose threshold for overarousal, physical or emotional, is lower than that of non-HSPs, although it falls along a scale. HSPs may be labeled 'shy' or 'avoidant' in school or society, when in fact they are really just trying to avoid the stress of overarousal. Aron is quick to point out that, while most HSPs are introverts, many are indeed extroverts. HSPs do not necessarily have better hearing, sense of smell, vision, etc., but their brains seem to process such incoming information at a different level. To a non-HSP, a rock concert or a casino is a loud, fun, exciting place to be. For an HSP, it is a loud, overwhelming, exhausting one that may require hours of aloneness and quiet to overcome the overarousal. According to Aron, the concept of the HSP is not mere psychobabble, but based on both psychological and physiological studies. In American culture, and indeed in most Western cultures, HSP traits are generally seen as negative (hence, words like 'shy,' 'withdrawn,' 'avoidant,' 'inhibited'). Aron notes, however, that, in some cultures, HSPs are highly respected¿in China, for example. HSP traits are neither bad nor good, but they have their positive and negative elements. While non-HSPs are warrior-kings, quick to make decisions and necessary to lead and act when such decisiveness and action are essential, HSPs are the the priests-judges-advisers, the more thoughtful group that 'often act[s] to check the impulses of the warrior-kings.' Both clearly have an important role. The Highly Sensitive Person defines the traits (with a self-assessment); asks you to accept yourself and your traits (or your HSP friends and theirs if you are a non-HSP); discusses childhood and provides guidelines for reframing experiences now that you understand your trait; and talks about such things as health, lifestyle, social relationships, work, love and sex, medicine and medication, and spirituality, with advice on how to avoid overarousal, especially unhealthy (physically and emotionally) long-term overarousal. The message is that HSPs are valuable and have a great deal to contribute to a non-HSP world that doesn't understand us, doesn't always value us, and sometimes is downright hostile toward us ('scaredy-cat' is something more than one HSP child has heard). The Highly Sensitive Person is an attempt to help us understand what we need to do to find our optimal level of arousal (which is unique to the individual); manage unhealthy overarousal; and educate our family, friends, lovers, employers, teachers, physicians, etc., about our trait. It is also designed to assist non-HSPs understand their HSP friends and acquaintances. To me, it explained a lot about myself that I didn't realise I share with others (a heightened sensitivity to loud or repetitive noises that don't bother others, for example, and a tendency to find social events draining). There are no doubt some who would dismiss this all as self-help psychobabble¿but for the HSP, this is invaluable self-help psychobabble. Highly recommended. Companion books are The Highly Sensitive Person Workbook and The Highly Sensitive Person in Love. Diane L. Schirf, 6 January 2002.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 1999

    Must Have!

    If you consider yourself a sensitive person, you MUST read this book!It is also very useful for those who encounter sensitives(i.e.: teachers,doctors,employers,etc)Finally! A book that helps me understand why I am the way I am(sensitive)helps me to use this to my best ability instead of being afraid. And also to educate those close to me on my sensitivity.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    Wonderful book

    I was loaned this book by a friend and had to go by my own copy. It is a wonderful and life changing book. All the things that I always thought were odd about me are actually completely normal since I do qualify as a HSP. There is a quiz in the first chapter that you can take to see if you are or not. I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    This book is FANTASTIC! I've managed to learn quite a bit not on

    This book is FANTASTIC! I've managed to learn quite a bit not only about my own person being highly sensitive, but that others whom I would've never assumed to be far from sensitive to actually be sensitive.
    Anyone who's interested in going into the field of psychology should definitely read this book and absorb EVERY word of it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2009

    Worst Book Ever

    I bought this book for myself and upon reading I found the print way too small and the comprehensiveness of the book much too complicated.

    It's like reading what a counselor would say in the language of a professor.

    Very disappointed!

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    As an educator for over twenty five years I found Elaine Aron's

    As an educator for over twenty five years I found Elaine Aron's insights to be extremely helpful.  She also validated many experiencesthat I have had not only with my students and family, but gave me insight into my own behaviors as well.  Though some of the suggestions given were not ones that I would choose for myself, I understand and accept that they would or could be appropriate for others and should be considered when feeling overwhelmed.  I found her insights into the gifts that HSP's give to be some of the most important lessons in this book.  As a teacher I always try to remember Einstein's quote, "Everybody is a genius, but If you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree it will live it's whole life believing it is stupid."  In my opinion, the gifts that are inherent in HSP's should be viewed as a component of genius. Often viewed as undesirable or weak components to character and/or personality, the traits of an HSP are invaluable to our to our human culture and should be understood for their ability to provide a complete perspective. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in finding out more about themselves or who might have a relationship with someone who appears to have greater sensitivities than others. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    I bought the book because I am sensitive to caffeine, liquor and

    I bought the book because I am sensitive to caffeine, liquor and chocolate, and have other characteristics which the author identifies as common among "highly" sensitive people. I agree with some of the statements I read. However, I have always known that my sensitivity has made more cautious and perceptive (or is it being perceptive, that makes one more "sensitive?"), and my husband is very aware and appreciative (or tolerant) of my sensitive nature. I decided to cut my losses and drop the book when I read that "highly sensitive people" should make travel plans that can be cancelled at any moment, and should advise their travel companions that they might leave at any point of a planned trip. I see the cost of the book as a contribution to the author's travel cancellation budget.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Interesting and affirming

    I really enjoyed this book! I value sensitivity and it's a big part of my identity. I wouldn't have it any other way! I recommend this book to other sensitive people and those who love them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2010

    HSP you need to read or listen

    This is a great book both in written and the audio book. I will admit there is so much to this book that just the aduio version is going to be hard to deal with think about getting both.

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