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A Whole Lot of Emotions: How Highly Sensitive People Interact with the World

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: If you are highly sensitive, what should you do?
Air Date: 7/9/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Elaine Aron, PhD
Elaine Aron Dr. Elaine Aron earned her M.A. from York University in Toronto in clinical psychology and her Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute in clinical depth psychology as well as interning at the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco.

Besides beginning the study of the innate temperament trait of high sensitivity in 1991, she, along with her husband Dr. Arthur Aron, are two of the leading scientists studying the psychology of love and close relationships. They are also pioneers in studying both sensitivity and love using functional magnetic resonance imaging. She maintains a small psychotherapy practice in Mill Valley, CA.
A Whole Lot of Emotions: How Highly Sensitive People Interact with the World
If you've ever been told you're too emotional, weak, fragile, or intense, you might feel like an outcast and misunderstood.

However, that doesn't mean anything is wrong with you. You might actually be part of the 20 percent of people who are considered to be highly sensitive.

A highly sensitive person (HSP) is someone that has an innate trait of high sensory processing sensitivity.

In fact, brain scans show differences in perception, stronger positive and negative emotions, and more empathy and general awareness than those without the trait.

How do highly sensitive people interact with the world differently?

  • They are easily over-stimulated by their surroundings
  • They pick up on subtleties in a room
  • They're more emotional in their relationships
  • Sometimes they prefer to fly solo
  • They are anxious around conflict

Elaine Aron, PhD, shares the traits of a hyper sensitive person and the ways they interact with the world differently.

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