Being an HSP, a Highly Sensitive Person is truly a gift. However, if you have not yet come to understand you are an HSP, it likely does not feel like a gift. Us sensitive folks feel life very deeply, from emotions to sounds, smells, lighting, foods, and visual stimuli. Our sensitivity can show up in a myriad of ways making our lives very deep and magical. We naturally feel deep empathy and compassion with our fellow human beings, making us very well suited for careers in health care and education. However, before understanding and navigating our sensitivities well, we can often feel overwhelmed in situations where others seem totally unaffected.
Dr. Elaine Aron is the psychologist who first studied people with a varied set of uniquely sensitive attributes. She coined the title Highly Sensitive Person, HSP. She found the differences in the way these individuals perceive the world and documented the neurological differences in their brains as well. As different as highly sensitive people may sometimes feel, Dr. Aron’s research concludes that 15-20% of the population have high sensitivity.
For Michelle, after she came to learn that she is an HSP, and studied it deeply, she felt very liberated and empowered to change the way she saw herself and her unique needs. Today, Michelle rarely exposes herself to giant crowds or violent movies. She limits her diet of news to the most relevant, and succinct material. Michelle conscientiously cares for her body and brain with respect and diligence. Life is quite delightful after you know how to properly use your gifts.
Michelle is honored to work with her highly sensitive clients, educating, supporting and exploring how to best care for and thrive within their HSP reality.
Curious to learn more?
Check out Dr. Elaine Aron’s HSP Self test here.