One of my specialties is working with highly sensitive people. I am one, so I know the territory well!
Elaine Aron coined the term Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) to describe people who process sensory data more deeply and thoroughly than average due to a biological difference in their nervous systems. High sensitivity is found in about 20% of the human population. This ratio holds true in most animal species as well, from fish and fruit flies to dogs and horses.
HSPs tend to be more aware of subtleties in our environments and our bodies are more sensitive to stimuli. This means that we feel everything—‘good’ and ‘bad’—more intensely than people who are not wired this way. Hence HSPs need to be more attentive than non-sensitive people to staying within an optimal range of stimulation. For example, going to a shopping mall could be potentially overstimulating to an HSP—what with fluorescent lights, crowds and stores pumping loud music—whereas a non-HSP might think nothing of it. HSPs often require more down time and solitude than people who do not consider themselves to be sensitive.
As a group, HSPs can be particularly intuitive, creative, conscientious, and empathic. We are good at sensing non-verbal cues and tuning in to the personal and collective unconscious. These qualities enable us to excel as artists, healers and mystics. Sensitivity is a spectrum; some sensitive people are more sensitive than others. All bodies are different, and none of them come with owner’s manuals. It is up to each of us to figure out what we need to function optimally and create the conditions that will support us in doing so.
That’s where I come in.
I empower my clients to create lives in which they thrive, so they can use their sensitivity as a gift. In a society that values more-bigger-faster-louder, being sensitive can seem like a liability. Yet if you learn how to care for your sensitive self in the midst of such a culture, your sensitivity can enhance the quality of your life and help you fulfill your purpose.