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What is an Empath Exactly?

what is empath

As someone who started identifying with the word empath some years ago, I have thought lately of how it is simply a catch-all term for different kinds of sensitivities. All people who use the word empath for themselves do not have their empathic antennas out in exactly the same way. They are not exactly like…

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Why We Need Highly Sensitive People Now

Why do we need the highly sensitive person now? Are we seeing a renewed interest and dare I say respect for the sensitives of the world? Conditions Are Everything Conditions are everything. We are culturally bound which means that it is easy to lose sight of how other conditions may be changing. Right now we…

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Why Conformity Is About Group Norms

Have you ever thought one thing and done another? Have you ever changed your mind when in a group that had different ideas? I know I have and it made me feel like a wimp. Being an HSP means that my positions are not the norm, and I am always seeking ways to bridge the…

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6 Reasons Why We Need Highly Sensitive People

Why do we need highly sensitive people? HSPs make up approximately 20% of the population. They are people whose nervous systems are highly sensitive to external stimuli. Books like Elaine Aron’s The Highly Sensitive Person explain this unique trait. Many sensitive people are introverted, a characteristic which is receiving more attention due to  Susan Cain’s…

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Sensitive People’s Inverted Hierarchy Of Needs

A few months back, I attended a talk by Dave Markowitz, the author of Self-Care For The Self-Aware, in the events room of a metaphysical bookstore filled with highly sensitive people and empaths looking for insights and help. The energy in the room was electric. As it often happens when I attend a group event…

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Why Kindness Is Winning

Kindness is winning! Steven Pinker, the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, wrote an article published in the Wall Street Journal, Violence Vanquished, about the decline of violent conflict in the world, and how we have evolved to become more peaceful which means an increase in kindness.  The article was adapted from his new…

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The Special Value Of The Outsider

Outsiders have been shunned by many societies for a long time. They have a special value for their cultures that is often unrecognized and overlooked. Outsiders are the guardians of authenticity. Outsiders And Authenticity Outsiders live on the edge in a way which provides them with a particular vantage point on life. They tend to…

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Managing The Stress Epidemic

Do you ever feel like stress is conquering you? Do you ever feel hounded by one stressful situation after another? Does stress take over your life and make you feel out of control? Does managing stress seem impossible? Unfortunately, this is the situation for most of us most of the time. We can conquer this…

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Are You Suffering From Cultural Depression?

I see a lot of depression around me. Perhaps you do, too. But it is a strange kind of depression the kind of depression that comes when everything around us seems wrong. Depression And Culture What I am seeing is a fairly complex depression that comes from a number of sources – like an octopus…

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Are You Ready For The Great Turning?

It’s in the air. A change that is inescapable, long overdue, and very welcome. Are you ready? What’s Coming I am going to make a bold statement. We are going to go through a HUGE overhaul of the way we organize ourselves and how we live. It’s called The Great Turning. The top-down hierarchical structures…

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