The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N Aron

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This is an important book for introverts – a fact recognised by Susan Cain who referred extensively to Aron’s research in her seminal book Quiet.

Whilst a third to a half of the population are introverts, only one in five people is a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), according to Aron. And although not all HSPs are introverts, 70% of them are, dealing a real double whammy to those who are both, born as they are into a culture where introversion and sensitivity are rarely regarded as desirable traits.

Initially I was quite dismissive of this book, doubting it would tell me anything I didn’t already know. But, as both the author and her book seem to have quite a following, I thought I should read it anyway. I discovered to my surprise that I am indeed an HSP, albeit one who has done quite a good job already of learning to deal with it over the years.

As such, I actually learnt a lot from this book and it really helped to fill the gaps in my understanding of myself, as well as the broad spectrum of other introvert personalities that exist out there. For those of us fortunate/unfortunate enough to be both introvert and HSP, this book really explains why it feels so often like we’re swimming vainly against the tide of the prevailing culture. That said, it also makes it equally clear why it is vital that we take our strengths out into the world, because they are sorely needed.

Aron’s background in psychotherapy is evident throughout the book which at times makes for quite intense reading. But then, if you’re an HSP, I suspect you’ll be able to handle that easily and possibly even revel in the books’ profundity!

Click the link to view this book on Amazon The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You

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