Monday, January 03, 2011

Read: The Highly Sensitive Person

Title: The Highly Sensitive Person
Author: Elaine N. Aron
Publisher: Element, (an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

This was a recent book that I have read. It seemed that I could have browsed through it many years ago at the library. This book provides a glimpse of highly sensitive people. The author herself is a highly sensitive person herself.

This book focuses on the strengths of people who are highly sensitive and offers insight into raising a sensitve child. For myself, I like this book because some of its fundamentally principles are highly influenced by Carl Jung, who was the person who inspired Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers to develop the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

I guess one key learning point I have gathered from reading this book is to learn to celebrate our own individual uniqueness as assets, while developing strategies to cope better in our respective environment. This is quite a useful book to read if you or a loved one could be a highly sensitive person.

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pinkie said...

What's the definition of a highly sensitive person?

oceanskies79 said...

Hi Pinkie, thank you for asking to clarify.

According to, "Highly Sensitive People have an uncommonly sensitive nervous system - a normal occurrence, according to Aron."

Highly Sensitive People tend to be "aware of subtleties in their surroundings". They may be "more easily overwhelmed when they have been out in a highly stimulating environment for too long, bombarded by sights and sounds until they are exhausted."

I read that this trait "is not a flaw or a syndrome, nor is it a reason to brag. It is an asset one can learn to use and protect."

pinkie said...

More easily overwhelmed in a highly stimulating environment... i see... Guess it's somewhat just like some of us have sensitive skin, sensitive teeth... thanks for the information :)

oceanskies79 said...

You are most welcome Pinkie.