What Is Codependency Really?

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World. In addition, she has created the immersive Emerging Sensitive Program using cultural and personal development frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers The Magic Of Joy program for quantum healing and the Emerging Sensitive Community focused on living in the world as a sensitive person and navigating the challenging cultural shifts of our times. She is a longtime meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is a Certified Theta Healer and certified in Spiral Dynamics. She is an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.


  1. Sharon Curtiss on February 22, 2022 at 1:00 pm


    Hi Maria, it has been a while. I have a question because I have come up against something and my memory may have failed me on this and I have looked at Elaine’s page which has changed and the info on it originally is no longer there and I sent her a message too. Do you remember anywhere or at any time Elaine referring to HSP as a personality trait? Which it is not it is rooted in neuro-biology and fixed into our physiology. I always try to educate and correct misconceptions about HSP and when I went to pull up the old definition I could not find it. Then I tried SPS and found something disturbing that had nothing to do with Elaine though her work was mentioned . On Wikipedia and this is in the first few lines: that sensory processing sensitivity was a “tempermental or personality trait”, like something that can be fixed or treated. The statement is a contradiction anyway because they said “sensory processing sensitivity” which is involuntary, it is not something you choose to be, but so many do not have my background in psychology and medicine coupled with living as an HSP. I questioned things because a local therapist who went through Elaines program and is on the list and claims to be HSP also referred to it as a personality trait which is good for her practice but not not good for HSP once again being treated like this can be fixed or should be. I am retied and I have no vested interest other than being an HSP and the truth, this type of reference hurts us all.

    • Maria Hill on February 22, 2022 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Sharon, I hope you are well. I was not aware of the page on Wikipedia. I think that many people think of HSPs as having a personality trait not necessarily because it is promoted that way but because our culture frames just about everything as a facet of personality. I personally call it biological and I find it hard to think of it as a personality trait when there is such diversity among sensitive people. I am aware that Dr. Aron has someone responding to all her emails and I think it would be useful to write her of your concerns.

      Warm regards,