A normal trait – not a disorder
US-based psychologist Dr Elaine Aron (http://www.hsperson.com) started researching “high sensitivity” in the early 1990s. She coined the phrase the “highly sensitive person” (HSP) which now has a scientific term of “sensory-processing sensitivity” (SPS).
Does this sound like you?
- Are you easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens nearby?
- Do you consider yourself a bit weird?
- Do you feel you don’t belong? And often think where are my people?
- Despite many self improvement courses you still can’t find a comfortable lane in life?
- Do your daily emotions make you feel like a scrambled egg – up, down, around and back again? When will this stop? And HOW do I stop it? Do other people feel like this? Do other people pick up I feel like this?
- Does daily life feel mostly like a battle to keep it together?
- Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time?
- Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows?
- Do you need to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation?
- Do you make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations?
- Do you notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art?
- Do you have a rich and complex inner life?
- When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive or shy?
What is a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?
Due to the distinctive makeup of their nervous system, Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) process sensory information unusually thoroughly and reflect on it deeply. If you are an HSP, you notice so much at once that it is easy to become overstimulated (and at times overwhelmed) if you receive sensory information that is intense, complex, chaotic or even just new to you.
As a HSP myself, I am passionate about assisting other HSPs (of all ages children and adults and different backgrounds) to understand their innate deep sensitivity and work with them towards living a healthy and productive life as a HSP. I spent many hard fought years of my own life ‘trying’ to fix myself however since becoming aware of the HSP trait through Elaine Arons’ work, my life improved dramatically and led me to a career change in effort to help others.
Knowing you are not alone and that sensitivity is not some type of disorder that needs to be cured is a welcome relief and provides a good place to start to begin to work ‘with’ our sensitivity.
I enjoy thoroughly sharing what I have learnt with other sensitive souls.
A HSP’s response to Counselling, Mentoring, Holistic Medicine and Hypnotherapy
From working with many HSPs in my clinics and as a Natural Therapist I have found that gentle, subtle, less evasive complimentary medicines are helpful and favourable to HSPs sensitive system. The body possesses an innate ability to heal itself. Approaches used by herbalists to overcome illness are therefore those that restore and promote the body’s own normal and optimal function. I provide guidance and holistic medicines (Tissue Salts, Flower Essences and Crystal / Gem Elixir ) personalised to the individual’s needs after a consultation.
For counselling and mentoring being a HSP myself enables me to deeply connect, relate, understand, and provide guidance and options for you to consider. My ethos is to work from the premise of non-judgement, respect, active listening, and non-attachment. I believe the ultimate gift we have all been given is free will and choice. Often in the presence of another HSP we can feel safe and allows us to express all the things we need or would like to. This works well in therapy when the therapist is HSP, we may develop a sense of comfort which allows us to go to the corners of our mind and soul; and then express ourselves, which in itself can be healing just to get it out, acknowledge what is there and to be heard!
As all hypnosis is self-hypnosis (the therapist voice is used to guide you through) I have found that HSPs, once they have decided on a change and use hypnotherapy as the therapy to do so, the results are very favourable. I have observed that our sensitivity trait allows us to receive the hypnosis deeply and the outcome is often very beneficial and energetically shifting. From experience as a natural therapist, hypnotherapy and HSP’s are mostly a very good match.
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Feedback from another HSP
The Highly Sensitive Person
Dr. Elaine Aron’s full HSP self-test can be found on her website: www.hsperson.com