The Highly Sensitive Person

The Highly Sensitive Person

Do you feel too much of everything? Emotions, noises, smells; everything. Do you feel easily overwhelmed? You might be a Highly Sensitive Person.

Knowing that you are HSP will immediately improve your life; and knowing how your brain works will give you the tools you need to make the most of your innate strengths.

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I was always aware that I was “super sensitive”. Having received a ADHD diagnosis helped me to understand a lot about myself. But having discovered that I am HSP and that there are common traits amongst Highly Sensitive People made all the difference.

– Laly

What Is a Highly Sensitive Person?

The term “Highly Sensitive Person” (HSP) was coined in 1996 by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., in her book “The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You”, after having been researching about it since 1991.

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“Sensitivity is anything but a flaw. Many HSPs are often unusually creative and productive workers, attentive and thoughtful partners, and intellectually gifted individuals”

Elaine N. Aron’s Website

Research on Highly Sensitive People

Acevedo, B. P., Jagiellowicz, J., Aron, E., Marhenke, R., & Aron, A. (2017). Sensory processing sensitivity and childhood quality’s effects on neural responses to emotional stimuli. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, (6). [Full Text]

Acevedo B, Aron E, Pospos S, Jessen D. (2018), Review: The functional highly sensitive brain: a review of the brain circuits underlying sensory processing sensitivity and seemingly related disorders. Philosophical Transactions, B 373: 20170161. [Full Text]

Aron, E. N., Aron, A., Nardone, N., & Zhou, S. (2019). Sensory Processing Sensitivity and the Subjective Experience of Parenting: An Exploratory Study. Family Relations. [Abstract]

Bianca P. Acevedo, B., Aron, E., Aron, A., Sangster, M., Collins, N., & Brown, L. (2014) The highly sensitive brain: An fMRI study of sensory processing sensitivity and response to others’ emotions. Brain and Behavior, 4, 580-594. [Full Text]

Greven, C., Lionetti, F., Boothe, C., Aron, E., Fox. E., Schendang, H., Pluess, M., Bruining, H., Acevedo, B., Bijttebier, P., and Homberga, J. (2019), Sensory Processing Sensitivity in the context of Environmental Sensitivity: A critical review and development of research agenda. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. Volume 98, March 2019, 287-305. [Full Text]

Lionetti, F., Aron, A., Aron, E. N., Burns, G. L., Jagiellowicz, J. and Pluess, M. (2018). Dandelions, tulips and orchids: evidence for the existence of low-sensitive, medium-sensitive and high-sensitive individuals. Translational Psychiatry, 8, Article: 24 [Full Text]

Lionetti, F., Aron, E. N., Aron, A., Klein, D. N., & Pluess, M. (2019). Observer-rated environmental sensitivity moderates children’s response to parenting quality in early childhood. Developmental psychology. [Abstract]

Pluess, M., Assary, E., Lionetti, F., Lester, K. J., Krapohl, E., Aron, E. N., & Aron, A. (2018). Environmental sensitivity in children: Development of the Highly Sensitive Child Scale and Identification of Sensitivity Groups. Developmental psychology54(1), 51. [Full Text]

Laly York. Neurodivergent Gen-X writer / B.Ed. / Lawyer. Writing, coding and taking pics. From Jupiter, living in a soap opera; flying on the web with three blogs.

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