The Highly Sensitive Person : How to Surivive and Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, Paperback

The Highly Sensitive Person : How to Surivive and Thrive When the World Overwhelms You Paperback

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How to cope when the world overwhelms you. For those people who: have a keen imagination; are labelled too shy or too sensitive; who perform poorly when being observed even though they are usually competent; have vivid dreams; for whom time alone each day is essential; and find they are quickly overwhelmed by noise and confusion, crowded parties, hectic office life...this is the book to help them understand themselves and how best to cope in various situations.

Highly sensitive people are often very bright and creative but many suffer from low self esteem.

They are not 'neurotics' as they have been labelled for so long.

However, high sensitivity can lead them to cease to engage with the outside world.

The book offers solutions for a happy and fulfilling life.

Particularly in the way an HSP perceives his or herself: the book helps to 'reframe' past events, such as a difficult childhood, or how they see themselves - ie. shy. Particularly strong material for those raising a sensitive child


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, Index
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Coping with personal problems
  • ISBN: 9780722538968



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When today's frenetic world overwhelms me, I often find myself thinking of Willian Wordsworth to myself:"The world is too much with us; late and soon,Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—Little we see in Nature that is ours;We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!"So, the subtitle of this book ("How to thrive when the world overwhelms you") had me buying a copy immediately. Although, I found it hard to read and, at times, Aron's habit of talking to a Highly Sensitive "Inner Child" was distracting, there was much useful information included in this book, particularly in helping to identify whether one is or isn't an HSP. By the end of the book, I did feel more accepting that what I've always seen as my "silly neuroses" are rather symptoms of having more fluid psychic boundaries than some other people. My new mantra from this book is "boundaries take practice!"Some interesting observations about how today's (Western) culture places a higher value on more aggressive, less sensitive types and how HSP's are more spiritually attuned (rather than bound by religion) made this a worthwhile read.