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30 Important Websites For Highly Sensitive People

Have you noticed the increased interest in introverts and sensitive people?

In 1996, Dr. Elaine Aron published her groundbreaking book, The Highly Sensitive Person, opening a door that could not be kept closed any longer. Highly sensitive people have been treated as if there is something wrong with them for a long time when in fact, they are among the most caring, conscientious and creative people on the planet.

As the downsides of our current cultural model become increasingly apparent and the need for serious change becomes more accepted,  many people will be seeking a different perspective, new skills and even an adjustment in values.

If there is one thing that sensitive people have, it is a different perspective. They also have a compassionate view, which is what is needed during times of change – challenging periods which are usually hard for everyone.

Here is a list of some of the important websites and blogs that can help you discover more about this important human trait, whether you are highly sensitive or know someone who is.

How to Learn about Highly Sensitive People

There are many wonderful and important websites offering information on the sensitive person. This list, however, includes only websites dedicated to the sensitive person. They are listed in alphabetical order. Because many cover a wide range of topic related to HSP’s I have created a legend so you know what each website offers information on:

T: trait  B: blog  W: work and career  H: health R: resources A: author C: coaching

  1. David Ritchey  Author David Ritchey spent 12 years researching people with transpersonal experiences which resulted in his book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P. This carefully researched book is important for sensitive people since it details the many ways in which the highly sensitive trait can manifest.  T A  
  2. Dr. Judith Orloff  Judith Orloff, author of Emotional Freedom, is a psychiatrist who specializes in emotional healing with an emphasis on mind-body integration and relationship management for intuitives. Dr. Orloff offers numerous articles and videos, has her own blog and blogs for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She lectures frequently and provides many resources on her website. B W H R A 
  3. Dr. Ted Zeff  Ted Zeff is one of the most important voices for sensitive men. He is the author of  The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival GuideThe Highly Sensitive Person’s Companion and The Strong, Sensitive Boy. His site offers articles, tips, workshops, and coaching opportunities.  T W H R A C
  4. HSPerson HSPerson is the website of Elaine Aron, Ph.D, the psychologist whose groundbreaking book, The Highly Sensitive Person, put a name on a condition that had eluded definition. She is responsible for a lot of the research into the highly sensitive trait. Her website features her research and insights into the HSP trait, information about her books and HSP meetings, as well as many resources and her newsletter. T W H R A
  5. Highly Sensitive (.org) Douglas Eby is the creative force behind Highly Sensitive. He is a long-time researcher and writer about the highly sensitive trait and creativity. His websites include Talent Develop, High Ability, The Inner Actor, The Inner Writer, The Inner Entrepreneur, Women and Talent and Depression and Creativity. He offers numerous videos and other resources on various aspects of creativity. Douglas is very active in social media.  T W H  R  
  6. Highly Sensitive People  Jim Hallowes, author of Chopped Liver for the Loving Spirit,  offers a well-rounded website for highly sensitive people covering the highly sensitive trait, health, relationships, career and spirituality. Jim is a well known HSP coach and provides many resources to facilitate the healing and growth of HSP’s. T W H R C
  7. Highly Sensitive Power  Highly Sensitive Power is Grace Kerina’s website. Grace is no longer adding to Highly Sensitive Power since she started her new writing site, however, Highly Sensitive Power is definitely worth a visit for all the information it offers for highly sensitive people. T B W H R A C
  8. HSP In Business Peter Amerlaan’s website, HSP In Business, is an important website for highly sensitive people who want to advance their careers. HSP In Business has a strong HSP community on LinkedIn, Yammer and Facebook. It also has a subgroup: HSP Coaching. T W H R C
  9. Sensitive Evolution  Sensitive Evolution is Maria Hill’s comprehensive platform for the personal development of sensitive people. It explores the characteristics and causes of the HSP trait, genetic and stress diseases of sensitives as well as social and emotional health. It offers a blog, resources and many alternative health solutions for common HSP challenges. T B W H R C  A 
  10. HSP Notes Peter Messerschmidt is one of the first bloggers to write about the highly sensitive trait; he began in 2002. He is one of several highly sensitive men who are open about their sensitivity and work to help other HSP’s make to journey to acceptance and success. Peter’s blog offers many insights, and is rich in resources for highly sensitive people who want to connect with others including his many websites for HSP’s around the country.  T B W H R  
  11. HSP Writer Helen Elizabeth is the eloquent writer behind HSP Writer, a well-written blog about being highly sensitive and other interests. She is an MFA in writing and self-described recovering MBA. Her posts include many insights into the highly sensitive trait. T B W A 
  12. Hope And Healing Haven Roxanne Elaine Smiths’ specialty  is counseling highly sensitive people who have suffered from relationships with narcissists. She has a BS in Child and Family services with a focus on humanistic counseling psychology, family dynamics, and child development. Her website offers  information about the highly sensitive trait, narcissism , and a variety of healing resources. T B H R C
  13. Jenna Avery Jenna is a writer and well-known certified coach for highly sensitive people – especially writers based is Berkeley, California. She offers four different types of coaching and classes: writing and writing accountability, creative destiny and creative visioning, life purpose, and handling high sensitivity. She provides information on the HSP trait, a variety of resources and a class on energy handling skills for HSP’s.  T B W R A C
  14. Lifeworks  Lifeworks was founded by HSP Jacquelyn Strickland who is “…a Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach and workshop leader based in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has been a certified trainer in the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory since 1991.” Jacquelyn offers a lot of information about the HSP trait and has classes online to help highly sensitive people to know themselves better and meet other sensitives like themselves. She is particularly well-known for her HSP Gatherings, which are annual tribal meetings for highly sensitive people to meet each other and learn more about the trait.  T W R  C
  15. Mary Kay Parkinson  HSP Mary Kay Parkinson is an energy healer and life coach based in Maryland. Her site offers information about the HSP trait, and many articles about living well as an HSP.  Mary Kay is a highly trained psychologist, energy healer and coach in spiritual development. She has a BA in Psychology, and has studied at the Center for Intentional LivingBarbara Brennan School of Healing , the Bert Hellinger Institute USA, and the Potomac Massage Training Institute. T W H C
  16. Quiet Revolution  This is Susan Cain’s website. Her bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, captures the essence of being introverted and the differences between extroverts and introverts. Susan’s site has a blog, a forum and book club designed for introverts.B W R A 
  17. Sense And Sensitivity – Psychology Today  Deborah Ward is a UK based writer and journalist, whose interest is psychology and personal development. She writes extensively and comprehensively about the sensitive trait on the Sense and Sensitivity blog.  She offers articles on work, relationships, the highly sensitive man, health and handling the emotional challenges of being highly sensitive. A great resource. T B W H 
  18. Sensitive Leadership Ane Axford ‘s website, Sensitive Leadership, offers a wealth of information about high sensitivity, and resources for coping with the challenges of the HSP trait. Ane who is a psychotherapist offers several courses for sensitive people. T B W H R C
  19. Sensitive Person  Thomas Eldridge ‘s Sensitive Person website has many article about the highly sensitive trait and how to handle it. His site is a go-to website for resources of all kinds for people learning about the HSP trait and seeking ways to handle their different nature. T B W H R A C
  20. Sharon Heller  Sharon Heller is the author of the important HSP book, Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight, a book which discusses “sensory processing disorder” a term for the condition where the brain processes sensory information differently causing problems for the individual affected, which includes many HSP’s. Visit her website for more information and other books she has written. T W H A 
  21. The Captain’s Lady  The Captain’s Lady is a beautiful website focused on energy healing for highly sensitive people. The website offers a lot of information about the highly sensitive trait including relationships and careers, as well as natural remedies for treating many HSP conditions. It’s a large and informative website. T B W H R  A C
  22. The Highly Sensitive Person’s Publishing Company Cliff Harwin created his company and its website to help other highly sensitive people understand themselves and their sensitivity so that they could have a more enjoyable and more successful life. He has written Making Sense Of Your High Sensitivity , and offers numerous aids for highly sensitive people. Cliff offers a variety of coaching programs to help HSP’s on their path. T W H R A  

Highly Sensitive People: Groups

  1. Yahoo: HSP Book a large online group  of almost 2000 members that is organized to discuss Elaine Aron’s landmark book: The Highly Sensitive Person
  2. Facebook: Highly Sensitive Network. This important Facebook group created by Lori Smith has almost 5000 members.
  3. Facebook: HSP Dimension This Facebook page belongs to HSP Dimension: Expressions of Highly Sensitive People, which is a forum for fun and artistic expression.
  4. Facebook: Highly Sensitive People is a smaller open facebook page for people learning about the highly sensitive trait.
  5. Facebook: Highly Sensitive Souls is another large Facebook group of almost 2000 friendly HSP’s.
  6. Facebook: Sensitive Evolution another Facebook group for sensitive people.

Resources For Sensitive People

There are many excellent websites offering information about sensitive people. These sites are good starting points since they offer a lot of general information as well as resources. However, there are many others with more specific interests like parenting, psychic healing, and individual coaching. So this list is far from exhaustive.

The sites listed above have been created by people with intimate knowledge of the HSP experience who have developed tools, strategies, and resources to handle their own sensitivity challenges as well as help others.

There is no substitute for the wisdom of direct experience in understanding sensitivity. All of these websites offer that and more.

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution and Sensitive Evolution Radio. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World as well as numerous courses for sensitives including The Emerging Sensitive Course using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. They can be found here. She is a long time meditator, reiki master, a student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.

17 Comments

  1. Douglas Eby on November 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks for such a helpful resource for the huge HSP community – and for including my site.

    • Maria on November 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      My pleasure, Douglas. You do so much for all sensitives and creatives that I was very happy to have you on this list. Happy Thanksgiving!



  2. Nadine Marie on December 31, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Wow! Gems!!! What a treat as we begin a new year, thank you!!! Blessed be. <3 <3 <3

    • Maria Hill on December 31, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      You are welcome, Nadine. Happy New Year!

      Maria



  3. Caroline Gatchalian on December 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I’m so very grateful for this list of HSP resources. I will post this on our Meetup page, HSPs of Metro Vancouver. Thank you.

    Based on my observations and learning, I also noticed that there is an emphasis placed on highly sensitive people who are introverted. I can’t help but feel left out as a sensitive extrovert.

    Am I safe to assume then that unless someone discloses they are an introvert, or something is written that includes this identifier, then it would otherwise be extroverted in nature?

    Does it even matter? After mulling over this, I’ve concluded that it does matter to me because I’m “reacting” to it by feeling left out. I know there is some self-protection going on whenever I see a tweet with a hashtag #introvert, #INFP, or blogs entitled, “HSPs and Introverts”, et cetera.

    You hit the nail on the head with your question. There is an increasing interest in I-HSPs (and it’s not because ~70% of HSPs are introverts). Can you provide further insight to this?

    Very much intrigued,
    Caroline G.

    • Maria Hill on December 31, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Caroline for sharing and your question.

      I think there is an issue with introverted HSPs receiving so much attention right now. It is not an intention to exclude extroverted HSPs, though. I think that there is a perceptual rebalancing going on culture wide in that the world is starting to wake up to the importance and value of introverts which is the cultural word most associated with highly sensitive people. In beginning to accept introverts more easily, all HSPs will be accepted. I think Susan Cain’s book, Quiet made a big difference in the cultural discussion.

      When most of us talk about HSPs it is common to say that only 70% are introverts. However right now I think that HSP and introvert are being confused sometimes but that ultimately it will all work out. Right now the extreme busyness and overstimulation in our culture is being reconsidered more and more because a change is necessary. In thinking about the benefits of introversion, the importance of highly sensitive people is emerging. I think you will benefit from all of this.

      Personally I value the sensitivity over introversion or extroversion. The sensitivity is where the real value is and you are never excluded in my opinion even if some may think introvert and highly sensitive mean the same thing. In reference you question about disclosed identifiers I think most people have been afraid to admit to being introverted so I do not think you can necessarily assume. So many introverts have been trying to live as extroverts.

      I think you make good points about extroverts HSPs and I hope there will be more online material about extroverted sensitives. If you ever feel like writing about it, I would be happy to post some articles by you on the website. I hope this helps.

      All the best,
      Maria



    • Heather on April 18, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      Caroline,
      Thank you for making this statement. I’m new to discovering the topic and research on HSP and HSS and feel it describes me perfectly,other than the introvert part. I am an extrovert with the need to hang out in my closet when I feel overwhelmed. I am looking for more research on extroverted HSP’s. Does anyone have any good resources?



    • Maria Hill on April 18, 2018 at 11:07 pm

      You could look at Dr. Aron’s books and the Facebook groups to learn more. I also believe Rayne Dowell is looking into the HSS side of the trait. You can find her on Facebook.

      Maria



  4. WEB SURVEYOR on March 5, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    The listing you have for Jenna Forrest seems to be outdated. Jenna does not work as a counselor or coach of any kind. Please visit her web bio for information. Her current multidimensional work may not be appropriate for all sensitives.

    Her website bio includes this information:

    My Role

    My function is always changing depending on what needs present themselves and what I’m called to do. Today I’m working mostly etherically, aiding the transition of Earth as well as the transition of souls to the New Earth and into their new energy bodies. Also, helping ground energies to make this transition as smooth as possible for the masses. I’m aware that sensitives are the keepers of planetary wisdom and am investigating how this wisdom can most readily be accessed, blossoming human potential for Unified Love.

    Please consider removing all references to Jenna as a coach.

    • Maria Hill on March 7, 2015 at 10:15 am

      The listing has been removed. Thanks for the information.

      Maria



  5. Rachel Dutcher on June 2, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Thank you so much for this, This is hugely beneficial and I’m grateful for your efforts to put this list together to help others.

  6. sue on April 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Are there any small HSP support forums? I’d really like to connect to other HSP’s but the only active forums I’ve been able to find are on Facebook and there are thousands of members. That’s really overwhelming.

    Thank you Maria

    • Maria Hill on April 6, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      Facebook is where most of the groups are and many are quite large. I have a small FB group that is very quiet but you could join that. You could also do s search on Facebook to find a smaller group – there are a few but they may be on the quiet side. I hope this helps.

      Maria



  7. Sushmita on September 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful database. At age 26, I realized that I am an HSP. So, while figuring my way out through the complicated world, I came across this website. Thanks a lot.

    • Maria Hill on September 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks, Sushmita. I am glad you discovered your trait – it helps a lot to know. We have a lot of information here so feel free to explore,

      All the best,
      Maria



  8. Paul on November 28, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Facebook groups are an awful suggestion for support. In these groups, (highly sensitive) people are disclosing personal things about themselves that could be read by those who could prejudge them. A Facebook connected coworker could see that they’re connected to this group and join to see what they have written. This could be extremely damaging to the individual in the work place as it is suggested that HSPs should not disclose their sensitivities to people at work.

    There needs to be a discrete, online forum where people can anonymously talk about their HSP. If nothing shows up, I might create one myself when I have time.

    • Maria Hill on November 28, 2018 at 9:34 am

      Thanks, Paul. Everyone needs to chose what is right for them. Many people connect through the Facebook groups for sensitivity and find it helpful to know they are not alone. There are also many meetups. However, if you want to create a forum I think that is a great idea.

      All the best,
      Maria



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