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Posts Tagged ‘cultural issues’

The Othering Of The Highly Sensitive Person

Sensitive people are different. Being different means that they often live in the shadows. I thought about this today when I was reading an article about feminism in Great Britain, written by Anna Ford, a respected British journalist. What struck me about the article was her wonderful description of the devaluation and marginalization of women,…

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The Hidden Danger Of Beliefs

Beliefs have a long and troubling history. There is more anguish and heartache created by beliefs than probably anything else. So why do we have them and why do they persist? Take A Step Back In Time When an event occurs, we come up with an explanation. Explanations can be true or not. They may be validated…

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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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What is an Empath Exactly?

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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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