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Is Independence Real?

Independence and autonomy are cherished goals in many people’s lives. I am all for standing on one’s own two feet. However, I notice more and more how autonomy and independence can become distorted. Is Independence Real? Here in the US, we are all about independence. So much so that we have little in the way of…

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HSP Identity: A Plant In The Right Place

My name is Lisa McLoughlin and I am from Green Alder coaching, based in the UK. I would like to share a personal account of my journey to discover that I am an HSP. Is There Something Wrong With Me? Most of my life I felt like a weed— not belonging to my environment. Being…

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No Need To Rush: The Special Gift Of Slow

I have always been expected to operate at lightning speed. And it has never worked for me. I need to process…and process…and process… I LOVE to process. It is my idea of a good time! What’s The Rush! I have never understood the need to rush. In my experience, the easiest way to have problems…

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Duality And The Mastery Of The Exquisite

  Duality is something that many of us embrace as a way to develop perceptual sophistication. You know… …love vs. hate… …light vs. dark… …yin vs. yang… …good vs. bad… …masculine vs. feminine… It’s a start! Duality Can Be Like Fool’s Gold Discovering duality can be exciting. It is a way to start to grapple…

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Are HSPs The Proverbial Canary In The Coal Mine?

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In his book Thrive!, which discusses the gifts and challenges of highly sensitive people, Dr. Tracy M. Cooper talks about his research on the trait of sensory processing sensitivity. What interested me most were the stories and real-life experiences of fellow HSPs. They helped to draw a picture of how HSPs as a population might…

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The Mistake Of Identity

  Identity is an anchor in most of our lives. It is usually derived from a combination of our own experiences, our family and school feedback and our culture. Identities can feel wonderful if we have positive feedback or it can feel like a ball and chain if we do not. The more important question…

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Sensitive And Powerful: Can You Be Both?

Powerful? Then you can’t be sensitive. This is the message we receive from the time we are young. Of course it is based on an idea about strength and power. So perhaps we need to reexamine these ideas and see if they make any sense. What Is Power? According to Merriam Webster dictionary, power comes…

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The Secret Gift Of Being Present

Being present offers a secret gift. Being present is something we are increasingly exhorted to be – something that identifies us as a good person. It’s a shame because being present has the capacity to offer us so much more. What Does It Mean To Be Present? Being present is the source of all potential…

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Is Humility A Taboo?

Is humility a dirty word? It seems we avoid it, and I think it is important to ask why. My hunch is that humility and humiliation are closely connected in the minds of many people although they are very different. Humility is gentle; humiliation is aggressive. Humility is often considered a social position of one down. while humiliation…

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Separating Ambition And Greed

Ambition and greed are often thought of as the same thing. They are not easy concepts for highly sensitive people and can be a source of pain and unhappiness. Greed Does Not Work For Highly Sensitive People Greed does not work as a life strategy for most highly sensitive people. Part of the reason is…

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