Sensitive and Strong: A Guide for Highly Sensitive Persons and Those Who Love Them

Sensitive and Strong: A Guide for Highly Sensitive Persons and Those Who Love Them


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Embrace the Unique Way God Designed You

Perhaps you’re bothered by bright lights or you struggle to tune out background noise. Maybe you’re quick to notice the details others miss or you need more time to process events.  You may feel emotions deeply and hear, “You’re just too sensitive.”

But what if you learned you’re not “too sensitive”? What if your sensitivity is part of your design and comes with corresponding strengths?

One in five people are HSPs—Highly Sensitive Persons—with the genetic trait of sensory sensitivity. As an HSP, you are not fragile or frail. You can be a strong friend in relationships, strong partner in business, and strong member of your community.

Sensitive and Strong is your guide to navigating the HSP journey of exploration and growth. It will help you…

  • discover you’re different, not defective
  • understand your genetic disposition to an over-abundance of stimuli
  • see how your sensitivities correlate to key strengths
  • respond to stressful situations with confidence and calm
  • harness your strengths to serve others

Release the worry that you’re “too high maintenance” or just plain “too much” and embrace the many ways you can be both sensitive and strong.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736969239
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 331,338
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Denise J. Hughes is the author of Deeper Waters and the General Editor for the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible. In addition to leading a weekly Bible study at her church, she speaks regularly at conferences and retreats, and she writes for the First 5 app by Proverbs 31 Ministries. Denise lives with her husband and three kids in Southern California. Connect with her at and on Instagram: @DeniseJHughes.

Cheri Gregory is the founder of Sensitive and Strong: the place for the HSP Christian woman to find community; co-host, with Amy Carroll, of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast; and coauthor, with Kathi Lipp, of You Don’t Have to Try So Hard and Overwhelmed. She and her husband, Daniel, live in California. She writes at and you can follow her on Instagram @cheri_gregory.

Table of Contents

Foreword Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD 11

The Tale of Two HSPs: It Really Is a Thing 15

Part 1 Looking In

1 The First Step in the Journey: Taking the HSP Quiz 25

2 The Five Factors of Sensitivity: Appreciating What It Means to Be an HSP 35

3 The Five Fallacies of Sensitivity: Understanding What It Does Not Mean to Be an HSP 45

4 The Way HSPs Are Wired: Exploring the Science Behind the Reality 53

5 The Upside and the Downside: Identifying the Effects of Various Stimuli 59

6 The Potential Pitfall for HSPs: Recognizing Learned Helplessness 69

7 The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy HSPs: Cultivating a Growth Mindset 77

8 The Good News about HSPs: Choosing to Thrive 85

Part 2 Looking Up

9 The Trouble with Bubble Baths: Seeing Jesus as the True Source of Strength 95

10 The Struggle with Stressful Situations: Countering the Chaos with Confidence and Calm 105

11 The Problem with Pretending: Using Your Voice to Set Appropriate Boundaries 113

12 The Turmoil in Tender Hearts: Responding to Criticism with a Teachable Spirit 123

13 The Enigma of Emotions: Moving Forward When Blindsided by All the Feels 133

14 The Exhaustion of High-Energy Events: Creating a Space for Rest and Renewal 143

15 The Weariness of Worship: Enjoying Both Community and Solitude in Liturgy 151

16 The Complexity of Caring: Embracing Empathy Without Buckling Under the Sorrow 157

Part 3 Looking Out

17 The Gift of Self-Forgetfulness: Breaking Free from Hyper Self-Awareness 167

18 The Gift of Time: Saying Yes to Less So You Can Give More 173

19 The Gift of Service: Finding Your Place in a Hurting World 181

20 The Gift of Listening: Becoming the Best Kind of Friend 187

21 The Gift of Hospitality: Serving Others in the Simplest Ways 195

22 The Gift of Creativity: Blessing Others with Your God-Given Talents 203

23 The Gift of Influence: Leveraging Your Unique Strengths for Leadership 209

Epilogue 219

Notes 223

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