The Highly Sensitive Person

Elaine Aron, a psychotherapist and research psychologist, says that up to 20 percent of the American population are Highly Sensitive People.  That is to say, they are genetically predisposed to be extremely and sometimes overwhelmingly sensitive to sights, sounds and feelings.  She said this is a different from being an introvert, or any of the other psychiatric categories, and is not a mental illness, but HSPs need special coping strategies to get along in life.

I find this very interesting.  I think I am a highly insensitive person.  That is to say, I’m not bothered by minor things that seem to disturb many of the people I know, but I have a below-average appreciation of art and music, and I’m often oblivious to what is going on around me.

Click on Elaine Aron for her home page.  Or read her books, especially The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You

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2 Responses to “The Highly Sensitive Person”

  1. Kathryn Says:

    I wish I were highly insensitive…still we all have our good and bad aspects


  2. denmarkguy Says:

    I am a highly sensitive person. I resisted the idea at first– but have made peace with it, and feel better off now that I am not “fighting” life by trying to be “normal.”


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