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Dr. Elaine Aron touched a chord in thousands of people with the publication of her bestselling book, The Highly Sensitive Person. Many readers never realized that their experiences of being quickly overwhelmed by noise and confusion, of often being accused of being "too shy" or "too sensitive," of strong feelings welling up inside for no apparent reason, were part of a recognizable set of traits that Aron estimates are shared by 20 percent of the population. In The Highly Sensitive Person, Aron described high sensitivity and offered advice on how to stop trying to trample these traits and instead learn to constructively incorporate them into a positive self-image and a rich, productive life. She expands on that program in her new book, The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook. Aron has collected exercises and activities — for both individuals and groups — designed to help readers identify their high sensitivity traits and work to make high sensitivity a positive force in their lives, rather than an obstacle. Specific sections deal with interpreting dreams; reframing past experiences in a more positive light; developing and maintaining closeness in relationships; coping with overarousal through visualization, breathing, and relaxation techniques; monitoring intake of medicines and other substances that can have a negative effect on highly sensitive people; communicating about the HSP trait with unsympathetic family members, coworkers, doctors, or friends; and many other aspects of being highly sensitive. For anyone who wonders whether they, too, might sharethespecial set of traits that distinguishes a highly sensitive person, The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook is a rich source of information, inspiration, and sound advice.