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


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writermala, March 13, 2011 (view all comments by writermala)
A well-researched and well-presented book. Somewhat dry though. Could have been more anecdotal.
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crowyhead, May 7, 2010 (view all comments by crowyhead)
First the good: Aron is at her best when she is helping the reader assess real world challenges and come up with concrete solutions. What do you do when your job overwhelms you? How do you work it out with your spouse or friends when activities they find exciting just overwhelm and overstimulate you? That's good stuff, and I think if you're aware that your personal tendencies are causing you to be stuck in unpleasant or untenable situations, this is definitely a helpful book. It will also be helpful for those who need reassuring that there are other people out there who have the same tendencies and sensitivities. I personally found the chapters on children to be good reading, because many of the traits she described fit me to a T as a child, and it's nice to think of myself as having been something other than a scaredy-kid.

There's a lot here I disliked or felt ambiguous about, however. Aron's writing style makes me grind my teeth (NO ONE should use "alas" that often, particularly not in nonfiction). I'm also still not crazy about the label "Highly Sensitive Person"; I know there are positive connotations to sensitivity, but every time I read Hightly Sensitive Person my mind sort of replaced it with Delicate Flower, which is the opposite of Aron's intent. That might be my own fault, though, based on years of people saying, "Why are you so SENSITIVE?" Additionally, while I appreciated Aron's forays into the possible biological causes of these physical and mental traits, at best the discussion lacks nuance, and at worst she just gets her facts wrong. I felt, reading the brief sections on medication and biology, that she might have been better off leaving out these sections entirely, since her ambiguity comes through really strongly.
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Aron, Elaine N.
Broadway Books
Aron, Elaine
New York :
Stress Management
Self-actualization (psychology)
Mental health
Stress (psychology)
Personal Growth - Self-Esteem
SELF-HELP / Self-Esteem
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no. 3
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Product details 272 pages Broadway Books - English 9780553062182 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This remarkable book...gives a fresh perspective, a sigh of relief, and a good sense of where we belong in society."
"Review" by , "Elaine Aron's perceptive analysis of this fundamental dimension of human nature is must reading. Her balanced presentation suggests new paths for making sensitivity a blessing, not a handicap."
"Review" by , "Enlightening and empowering, this book is a wonderful gift to us all."
"Synopsis" by , Are you a highly sensitive person?

Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams?  Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water?  Are you "too shy" or "too sensitive" according to others?  Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you?  If your answers are yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).

Most of us feel overstimulated every once in a while, but for the Highly Sensitive Person, it's a way of life.  In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Elaine Aron, a psychotherapist, workshop leader and highly sensitive person herself, shows you how to identify this trait in yourself and make the most of it in everyday situations.  Drawing on her many years of research and hundreds of interviews, she shows how you can better understand yourself and your trait to create a fuller, richer life.  

In The Highly Sensitive Person , you will discover:

* Self-assessment tests to help you identify your particular sensitivities

* Ways to reframe your past experiences in a positive light and gain greater self-esteem in the process

* Insight into how high sensitivity affects both work and personal relationships

* Tips on how to deal with overarousal

* Informations on medications and when to seek help

* Techniques to enrich the soul and spirit

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