Are you a highly sensitive person?

Are you a highly sensitive person? Or perhaps your partner, family member or colleague is? Highly Sensitive People (HSP) are more attuned to stimuli from their environment (via the 5 senses) as well as the internal stimuli of their own thoughts and emotions. In 2000 I read my first book on this topic ‘The Highly Sensitive Person’ by Elaine N. Aron. She described traits and situations common for HSP’s and oftenly I recognized them as my own. After having read the book I let go of the content and focussed on other priorities such as study and work.

Since I started coaching in 2004 I seem to attract this type of people and I was able to guide them in achieving their goals. As for most developments it took some time before I realized that this topic was the core of my work. Eight years to be exact! On the 17th of September 2011 I organized the first workshop on ‘Emotion management for HSP’ in Dutch. In the near future I would like to organize these workshops in English as well. So are you highly sensitive? Read the following to check if you might be…And please send this on to people who find this an interesting topic. Thanks!

Are you easily overwhelmed by strong sensory input? Do other people’s moods affect you? Are you very sensitive to pain? Do you sometimes get so frazzled that you have to go off somewhere by yourself? Are you moved by art, music? Are you conscientious? Do you startle easily? When you are with a large group of people, do you tend to go off into your own thoughts, or need to go somewhere quiet instead? Do others’ feelings affect you deeply?

Do you need more sleep than others? Do you sometimes react differently to medication or the amount, than others? Do you find the labels in your clothes too rough on your skin? Do you get rattled when people try to get you to do too many things at once? Do you have a rich, complex inner life? Have people called you ‘too fussy about heat/cold/food/noise/pain’ or ‘too sensitive for your own good’?

If your answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then you may be one of 15%-20% of the NORMAL population who have a more finely tuned nervous system and who experiences the world a little differently to others. However, you may have grown up with this being reflected negatively to you by those who do not understand.

You can read more on this topic on the website of Elaine Aron


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