The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World

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Highly sensitive people (HSPs), who make up some 20 percent of the population, are individuals who both enjoy and suffer from a finely tuned neurological system. This condition can be a gift, but, until HSPs master their sensitive nervous systems, they operate in a constant state of overstimulation. Conditions that most of us ignore completely overwhelm the HSP: bright light, loud sounds, and strong smells. More importantly, HSPs are also very sensitive to their internal worlds. They tend to be deeply affected by...

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Overview

Highly sensitive people (HSPs), who make up some 20 percent of the population, are individuals who both enjoy and suffer from a finely tuned neurological system. This condition can be a gift, but, until HSPs master their sensitive nervous systems, they operate in a constant state of overstimulation. Conditions that most of us ignore completely overwhelm the HSP: bright light, loud sounds, and strong smells. More importantly, HSPs are also very sensitive to their internal worlds. They tend to be deeply affected by pain, both emotional and physical. The emotional demands of relationships and inevitable consequences of change often leave them reeling. If you're a HSP, the most important thing you must learn is how to manage your increased volume of sensory experience, both physical and emotional stimulation. This accessible, practical guide contains strategies that help you master this critical skill. The book starts with a brief description of the highly sensitive person, and then offers a self-examination quiz, which allows you to assess whether you are highly sensitive. Then the book outlines coping techniques specific to the plight of the HSP. You'll learn tips for reducing the influence of provocative sensory experiences, such as excessive light and noise in the home and office. Meditation and relaxation techniques help you to reduce the anxiety caused by heightened sensitivity. Easy-to-follow exercises guide you through the challenges of communicating and interacting with others in both social and intimate relationships.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572243965
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 127,981
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Zeff, Ph.D., received his doctorate in psychology in 1981 from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. He currently teaches workshops on coping techniques for highly sensitive people. He has taught stress reduction and insomnia management for over fifteen years at various hospitals and medical groups. For more information please visit drtedzeff.com.

Foreword writer Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., is the author of The Highly Sensitive Person, The Highly Sensitive Person’s Workbook, The Highly sensitive Person in Love, and The Highly Sensitive Child.

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Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface vii
Acknowledgments xi
1 An Introduction to Being an HSP 1
2 Preparing for Overstimulation in Your Daily Life 21
3 Calm the Senses and Cope with Time Pressure 35
4 Maintaining a Healthy Body 57
5 Sleepless No More: A Program for Better Sleep 77
6 Harmonious Relationships for the HSP 99
7 Creating a Peaceful Work Environment 123
8 Nurturing the HSP Soul 137
9 Answering Common Questions from HSPs 153
10 Choosing the Right Healer for You 167
References 181
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