This week I was disappointed to discover another person trying to jump onto the ‘let’s teach you about being an HSP’ bandwagon without any kind of expertise for sums of money that are, well, ridiculous. While I expect to see more of these as high sensitivity is becoming more prominent, I am concerned that new HSPs may well be unwittingly taken in. So here is a list of places and people who will provide you with excellent information about being an HSP.
The first thing is to read Elaine Aron’s books and website. This will give you a solid background of what it means to be an HSP, in particular the DOES attributes (Depth of Perception, Over aroused, Emotional reactivity, Sensitive to subtle stimuli). It also shows you how being highly sensitive is something that affects all kinds of people. Bearing that in mind, from here on out as we move away from the facts of research, anything that you do read may be coloured by that person’s experience of being an HSP.
Back to Elaine Aron, she has written the following books
* The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You – this is the first book which should be your starting point
* The Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You
* The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping our children thrive when the world overwhelms them
* Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person: Improving Outcomes for That Minority of People Who Are the Majority of Clients
Ted Zeff has also written several books about high sensitivity, as well as a survival guide which really helped me when I was first told I was an HSP. Ted has written a book that is in particular helpful for men and boys who are highly sensitive and his tweets @drtedzeff often feature topics linked to this that is important whatever your gender
* The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World (Step-By-Step Guides) I found this book particularly useful when I was first told that I was an HSP
* The Power of Sensitivity
* The Highly Sensitive Person’s Companion
*The Strong Sensitive Boy – this is an excellent book for men and parents of boys.
While it’s not specifically about high sensitivity Susan Caine’s book about introversion also touches on issues that affects highly sensitive introverts.
* Quiet – the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking
Elaine Aron also has a list of international websites.
In the UK there is the National Center for High Sensitivity run by Barbara Allen Williams who has helped me understand, accept and grow my sensitivity.
She runs Meet Ups throughout the country and has started to run continuing professional development and training workshops (CPD) for professionals. Her website features therapists/counsellors/mentors who understands SPS and HSP.
Jacquelyn Strickland http://www.lifeworkshelp.com/ is currently writing a book and is an expert in high sensitivity and Myers Briggs. She also organises the world wide HSP retreats which have been attended by Elaine Aron. Jacquelyn created the HSP subculture document which is incredibly useful and shows just how wide ranging HSPs are.
Peter Messerschmidt http://www.hspnotes.com/ touches on some very interesting subjects in his blog
I think that is enough for a start. Happy reading.