If you feel stretched beyond your limit you are not alone. The crushing workloads and stress of so many highly sensitive people  are a prescription for burnout. You would think that avoiding burnout would simply be a matter of not crossing a threshold of fatigue. Burnout is not that simple. Many people in our fast-paced…

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Sometimes, it can feel like we can’t even see the underlying problems that come with emotional patterns we play out as HSPs. It can feel like we are doing our best but then bashing our heads against the same problem over and over again. Maybe, as an HSP, our identity is too tightly woven with…

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Are you a control freak? Do you get teased for being organized? Do you receive disapproval for needing a neat environment? Do you feel that you are “wrong” to be this way? Would you be surprised to learn that you are right to want to be organized and neat? Being Neat Is Not The Same…

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sensitive people unique nervous system dragonfly

Sensitive people have a unique nervous system which has an oversized capacity to connect with so much of the energy around them. Like the wings on a dragonfly, our nervous systems can support us with a lot of insight and information. If we cannot use the information we receive, then our nervous systems supersized capabilities…

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When we afraid everything around us looms large and chaotic. Lately though it seems that fear has become the norm and we are living in a perpetual state of emergency. Perhaps it has always been this way but I am noticing something else at work that needs questioning. Emergencies Are Not Innocent Emergencies have become…

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Being a highly sensitive person can feel like you are living in a world that is too loud all of the time. What do you do about raw nerves and nervous exhaustion? Noticing The Energy Thieves I call them energy thieves – all the demands for our attention that are unnecessary, counterproductive and unimportant. Unfortunately,…

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I am an urban HSP.  I sometimes think I must be truly nuts to be living in New York City, a place that seems like the very embodiment of the word “overstimulation.” Crowded, loud, bright and always on, it can be a nightmare for the senses of an urban HSP. If you let it. I’ve…

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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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canary in the coal mine

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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