Are you or do you know someone who is feels easily overwhelmed by things things that don’t bother most other people – sirens, barking dogs, kids screaming, long social interactions? This same person feels very comfortable at home in the peace and quiet of their own home. These people need time to “just be” without any obligations. According to the research done by Elaine Aron this issue affects 15 to 20% of the population each gender equally effected. Though many of these people may seem to be shy, 30% or actually extroverts.
There is a name for people who have this personality type called “highly sensitive person” or HSP, also known as having sensory processing sensitivity. This personality type has been researched for over 20 years by Dr. Elaine Aron. She states that this has no relation to either Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Disorder. It is something that according to the brain research that Dr. Aron has done is part of the genetic make in people as well as animals for survival.
Highly Sensitive people need to do things a bit differently than the rest of the 80% of us who are non-highly sensitive. First realize that their brains operate significantly differently. These are deeply thoughtful people, needing to think things through thoroughly before making a decision. They are highly sensitive to the emotions of others. They also get exhausted by being over stimulated. These are folks who would rather have a deep meaningful conversation with a close friend than hang out at a huge party full of superficial conversations.
The best methods to take care of one’s self if highly sensitive is to first respect the fact that you are a thoughtful person. You can achieve much if you are able to respect your mind for the gifts that it has given you by using it in the manner that it best operates.
Here are some suggestions to help you out from Dr. Aron:
1. Take naps if needed. Get at least 8 hours of sleep at night.
2. Move more slowly so you can observe what is going on, doing it once and correctly.
3. Begin and end your day slowly.
4. Work your eight hours and then allow yourself to rest. You will get more accomplished in that time than others do in twice the time multitasking and getting things done wrong or incomplete.
5. Being more emotional than other people allows for the deep thinking about those things that you care about. Be okay with the fact that you may cry or blush easier than others. This quality allows you to have much stronger friendships.
6. Do work that is meaningful to you and if you can, be self-employed.
Being the high energy person that I innately am, a non-sensitive, I need the highly sensitive people in my life to teach me to slow down, be respectful of the space that others require and to be okay in being flexible in how I relate to them. All great gifts for a hypnotists such as myself in being able to enter the world of my clients to better help them heal. It has to be done their way for it to work.
Here is the link to Dr. Aron’s website: http://www.hsperson.com/
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