Note from Steve - I am getting very interested in this term "Highly Sensitive Person"or HSP. I consider myself one of these people and I would say the majority of the sucidal teens I have worked with also fit the description. On this page is some information about the idea of highly sensitive people.
It is similar to the term "empath" but so far it seems it has less of a "new age" or "spiritual" association.
Elaine Aron seems to the be the person most well known for talking about this term. I have only started looking at her work, but so far my feeling is generally positive about her.
-- Videos: Elaine Aron - A Talk on High Sensitivity Part 1 of 3: Research | Part 2 | Part 3
Priscilla's notes from the first video
Jacquelyn Stricklands's Top Ten Suggestions for HSP Self-Care
Why do some HSPs develop symptoms of overwhelm, such as agoraphobia or an autoimmune disorder while others do not?
If you consider yourself an HSP, please be sure you have read my pages on invalidation, emotional abuse, emotional support, emotional literacy, and depression
List of government licensed people (legally allowed to call themselves "psychotherapists") who have studied Elaine's material and passed her test.
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|Why do some HSPs develop symptoms of
overwhelm, such as agoraphobia or an autoimmune disorder
while others do not?
One factor that helps to determine whether
one ends up experiencing an anxiety issue, a disorder, or
a dis-ease is whether one has learned proper coping
Slightly adapted from http://www.thecaptainslady.com/areyouhighlysensitive.htm
|Priscilla's notes from the
first video from Elaine Aron's talk on High
These notes are from an email Priscilla sent to Steve after she watched the first of the 3 part videos.
It was interesting too about that study with monkeys, where she said that the more sensitive monkeys became the "leaders" when they were being raised by really good mothers.
And she mentioned another study which found that monkeys who have this same sensitivity-type-genetic-predisposition as humans had a "broad range of superior cognitive performance" compared to other monkeys.
It's really too bad
society generally doesnt see it that way. I guess in our
emotionally toxic society, the advantages pretty much
look like disadvantages. It's too bad (so far) she
doesn't really talk about the implications of all this
research, when it comes to figuring out how unhealthy
She says that is because you are easily overstimulated, but it seems more like this would be because of your messed up culture making you insecure, fearful, needy, etc. Like, I pretty much believe a sensitive person in a healthy environment wouldnt automatically come up with the idea that others might think they are dumb, and they wouldn't assign that much importance to taking a test
It is a little amusing how
she tries to be really 'fair' and politically correct...
Like she keeps giving all these 'disclaimers' to say
sensitive people are NOT superior, though she keeps
implying they are more aware, responsive, more likely to
be leaders in a good environment, etc.
I've thought this same thing too! Like about how emotions and emotional needs pretty much 'underpin' everything going on in your brain more strongly than anything else. Feelings seem to be the primary and most powerful influence on behavior and thoughts - not the other way round (which kind of goes against what cognitive behavioral therapy says.)
This makes a lot of sense, for example...
BTW... how are they
identifying sensitive people in all these studies??
That really reminds me of
that study we heard about ages ago that says depressed
people are actually more realistic than average.
Personal note from Steve - I almost started to cry when I was reading this again in January of 2016. P sent this to me from England about 2 years ago. In the time I might call the BA era - Before Angela - the time when P and I cared about each other and were important to each other and could talk about our feelings and needs together.... I am sitting in a care in Buenos Aires right now. It was in Buenos Aires in January of 2014 that Priscilla flew to England for some medical exams. And it was here that our relationship started to come apart, on the day that I got an email from Angela after about 3 years of not hearing from her....I helped her get to England to meet Priscilla, where she was supposed to help Priscialla. Instead I think she has been slowly killing Priscilla. If you want to try to help Priscilla you can write to her on the address of her old website www.whatdepresses.me. If P is still alive, which I assume she is, she almost surely needs a lot of help. For example, someone who will listen to her. But maybe she has found that. idk. She was definitely a highly sensitive, highly intelligent person and I miss her a lot.