The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World

The Highly Sensitive Person s Survival Guide Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World If you re a highly sensitive person HSP you re in good company HSP s make up some percent of the population individuals like you who both enjoy and wrestle with a finely tuned nervous system You

  • Title: The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World
  • Author: Ted Zeff Elaine N. Aron
  • ISBN: 9781572243965
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • If you re a highly sensitive person HSP , you re in good company HSP s make up some 20 percent of the population, individuals like you who both enjoy and wrestle with a finely tuned nervous system You often sense things that others ignore such as strong smells, bright lights, and the crush of crowds Even the presence of strangers in your immediate vicinity can cause yoIf you re a highly sensitive person HSP , you re in good company HSP s make up some 20 percent of the population, individuals like you who both enjoy and wrestle with a finely tuned nervous system You often sense things that others ignore such as strong smells, bright lights, and the crush of crowds Even the presence of strangers in your immediate vicinity can cause you considerable distraction You already know that this condition can be a gift, but, until you learn to master your sensitive nervous system, you might be operating in a constant state of overstimulation.As an HSP, the most important thing you can learn is how to manage your increased sensitivity to both physical and emotional stimulation This accessible, practical guide contains strategies to help you master this critical skill Build your coping skills by exploring the books engaging exercises Then, keep the book by your side, a constant companion as you make your way through your vibrant and highly stimulating world.Find out what it means to be a highly sensitive person Take the self examination quiz and find out whether you are highly sensitive Learn coping techniques indispensable to IHP s Discover how to manage distractions like noise and time pressure at home and at work Reduce sensory provoked tension with meditation and deep relaxation techniques Navigate the challenges of interacting with others in social and intimate relationships

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    1. Zeff wrote this book from a deeply personal place-- which is why I have to give it one star. I am not Zeff, at all, so I did not relate to this book. This does not mean that I an not "HSP", I hit all the characteristics for this personality type, but I do not relate to the world like Zeff, regardless. Zeff's spirituality dominated this book from page one. This frustrated me but then when I got to the concluding chapter which was directly *about* spirituality, I no longer had any patience. The ma [...]

    2. A "highly sensitive person" is defined as a person with a finely tuned nervous system who has trouble screening out stimuli and can be easily overwhelmed by noise, crowds, and time pressure. I went into this expecting a bit more than "the basics", which may explain why I was slightly disappointed. If I read a book about "essential camping skills" I would expect a bit more than the obvious "bring a tent" and "don't forget to pack food", which is basically what this book offered. Wear earplugs to [...]

    3. After my psychologist suggested I am an HSP, with sensory issues that feed into anxiety, I was curious to read some more. Ted Zeff's book was rated highly on GoodReads and , so I downloaded the Kindle version.Unfortunately I've rarely come across a more poorly written, patronising book, made worse because of the amount of pseudoscience promoted throughout. (Homeopathy, Ayurvda healing, float tanks)Rather than supporting HSPs, this book encourages them to hide from the world. It's based on a defi [...]

    4. Interesting, but the people that need to be reading this are not. Should be required reading for managers and HR.

    5. If you are an HSP (you know who you are: you don't go to the movies because you are assaulted by the popcorn smell; You don't go to certain stores, because the flourescent lighting makes you nauseated or triggers a migraine) read this book. It will make a lot of sense. If you are not one, you might think that it is just craziness.I liked this book because it is the only book I have read on this topic that doesn't go overboard with how great it is to be an HSP. At best, being an HSP is akin to be [...]

    6. Unless the concept of high sensitivity is completely foreign to you, don't go into this book expecting any earth-shattering revelations. Its strength lies in its simplicity and in its format of basic survival tips couched in calming candid language. If due to the pressures of time and concentration you only read the quick summaries at the end, you won't have missed much (though I'd advise reading the short ninth chapter in its entirety). If you are an HSP (or think you might be one) try reading [...]

    7. This book is life-changing for me. LIFE-CHANGING PEOPLE!!!!! I'm am not alone! The HSP guide helped me understand myself and my relationships better.I was on the right track, but this certainly fleshes it out. I have included a link to the HSP test to take if you think you might be one. hsperson/test/highly-sensiAlso, here is a podcast for HSP's that is helpfulhighlysensitiveperson/hspp

    8. If you are a highly sensitive person, you'd better avoid this book. It managed to achieve the exact opposite of what it was trying to do: instead of providing you with guidance and soothing calm, it irritated the hell out of me.I don't have any objections to meditation. Good stuff. Eating healthy? Yes, of course. Less stress? Wonderful idea! But apart from the fact that all of these are obvious and actually just as relevant to any highly sensitive, moderately sensitive and insensitive human bein [...]

    9. While I hadn't liked the original HSP book by Aron (I skimmed it briefly and put it away) this one was interesting enough that I read nearly all of it and determined that I should give the Aron book another go. That was its value--it was interesting enough for me to give this topic another try. It has a lot of practical tips--some of them obvious--but many of them helpful. The author uses some laughable alliteration, and you get an overall feeling of fussiness from him (I would never take the HS [...]

    10. Highly patronizing, and written with a large amount of victim blaming. Apologize for being sensitive when you ask someone to be considerate or when dealing with abusive behaviour? Talk about gas lighting. No thanks. You have to be kidding me.

    11. Some good points. Not quite as helpful as I thought it would be, but I'm sure I'll refer back to it from time to time.

    12. This book was shitty and repetitive, but helpful in that it had a lot of good tips. Aron's book is much, much better overall.

    13. I never used to read books like these but lately I have been wandering into a section of the library which I never used to and finding such gems which I can't resist giving a try. I saw this book and for a moment was embarrassed to pick up but I did and luckily the page I gave a read was extremely useful for a person like me who is extremely sensitive to all kinds of stimuli. The book has a test for you to identify if you are a Highly Sensitive Person and then suggestions of how to make the best [...]

    14. How can a book possibly go from five stars to one star??? Well, I shall explain it: As a HSP and an INFP, I am about as sensitive as they come. I started off liking this book, even though to most HSP's I imagine most of the advise is obvious, but it's always nice to know one is on the "right track". I was really put off by the comment in the Health chapter of this book. The author writes "(with regards to a vegetarian diet)'s better to be a nonjudgmental meat eater than a judgmental vegetarian w [...]

    15. A change of pace from Aron's writings. A man writing does tend to do that. The information is valuable. My problem was I'd already learned most of this the hard way. Had I found this in my youth, or even in the early days of discovering my HSP-ness, it would have proved a great aid.Thus, I do recommend this to any HSP or someone who wants to understand. Non-HSP's likely won't "get it" even when they are willing to try, but I applaud any efforts to assist us in our "unique" perspectives on life.Z [...]

    16. Reading this book made me understand why I be so edgy when things annoy me; why sounds and someone snoring keeps me up at night. Unfortunately, I can't soundproof my home like the author suggests. I do have the feeling that a lot of people would consider themselves "highly sensitive" after reading this book.

    17. wow- incredible insights about my husband and son. This helped me better understand them and how I can be more supportive to a highly sensitive person. Will definately read more books on this topic. Now to get my husband and son to read it

    18. This is the first book I've read about the highlySensitive person. Thank god I finally have someUnderstanding of myself! Loved it. Practical tools for surviving daily life as a HSP.

    19. Much better than the book by Aron, though she seems to be a mentor for him. Was just easier to read, and more functional. A few good insights too.

    20. Found this a difficult read - it dragged - so I gave up. I think 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking' is the best book on this topic.

    21. Published in 2004, this book is for people who identify as highly sensitive people (HSP) and it guides them through the ways in which they can better survive and thrive.HSP’s reportedly make up about 20 percent of the population and because they feel overwhelmed with many of the things that people become acclimated to, they would have difficulties in doing well in society. For instance, they are adversely affected when there is too much sound, too pollutant dust, light, and so on.The Highly Se [...]

    22. “The real warriors in this world are the ones that see the details of another’s soul. They see the transparency behind walls people put up. They stand on the battlefield of life and expose their heart’s transparency, so others can finish the day with hope. They are the sensitive souls that understand that before they could be a light they first had to feel the burn.” “The highly sensitive person has an important mission, which is to serve as a balance to the more aggressive behavior of [...]

    23. good ideas, good points. he's a bit odd, and some of his references aren't academic, just other people who have theories that he's stating as facts. nice formatting of information though :) it doesn't encourage trying to overcome your sensitivity in any way, which is nice, but also a bit impractical. if you're in your 20's, there are just going to be loud late nights if you want any semblance of a social life. more advice on counter balancing would have been helpful. his chapter on spirituality [...]

    24. This book was written from the very personal perspective of the author, who is specifically an introverted, low-sensation seeking HSP with a strong bent for spirituality, pseudoscience, and woo.There were several instances of very poor analysis and bad examples that made me angry.I only read this book because it was recommended by a therapist, and it strongly reinforced my decision to find a new therapist.

    25. The book was a little boring but I liked the bullet summary at the end of each chapter. Basically all the advice is geared towards reducing stimulation and trying to have a calm like via meditation and mindfulness. The book was boring for me because I am aware of this advice. It is harder to implement in real life.

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