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Elaine Aron"Every parent of a sensitive boy should read this book."
--Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. author of The Highly Sensitive Person and The Highly Sensitive Child
Posted June 27, 2012
Being a highly sensitive person myself I was able to pick up on subtle signs that my son was
displaying. Knowing that his gender would make his experience as an HSP unique to mine,
I began looking for resources. As a therapist and the mother of a sensitive boy, this has
proven to be one the best books that I have ever read.
Ted Zeff provides insight into the sensitive boy as well as permission for boys and men
to be unique to their own design and desires rather than stereotypes defined by society.
Upon beginning this easy read, I was able to implement strategies for addressing my son’s
actions, emotions, as well as his communication style. I also quickly realized what I needed
to change about my parenting style.
I have recommended this book to moms who describe their boys as shy or sensitive. The
Strong and Sensitive Boy has helped me to work with adult men who struggle with feeling
different than their peers.
We live in a world that equates physical strength and lack of emotion with manhood. Ted
Zeff does a wonderful job of teaching us ways to help our caring and compassionate young
men find a voice, and tools for living in a world in which these positive traits are negated.
The most important thing that I have learned is that sensitivity and compassion are not
opposing traits to strength, rather complimentary. As a mom and a therapist, I would highly
recommend The Strong and Sensitive Boy.
Kim Rapach, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
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