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“We miss nothing and have an innate ability to let others shine.” -John Hughes
This has been a big month for HSPs. Dr. Elaine Aron’s documentary, called Sensitive: The Untold Story, came out on September 10.
I thought the documentary was groundbreaking and an amazing tool for people to learn about high sensitivity. Dr. Aron’s script expertly covered all the most frequently asked questions about HSPs—the science and evidence behind it, what it means, misconceptions, and more.
There were a few points made in the documentary that really impacted me, and I cover those in this Episode 52 of the podcast. They include creativity, sports, being told you are “shy” as a child, differential susceptibility, and more.
The film was produced by Diana Sinelnikova Harper and directed by Will Harper.
I’d love to hear what you thought of the documentary, if you got a chance to see it. Leave your comments below!
- The Sensitive movie website
- An interview with Dr. Elaine Aron on differential susceptibility
- Dr. Elaine Aron on creativity and HSPs
- Dr. Elaine Aron on Alanis Morissette and sensitivity
Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
I really enjoyed the move. I thought it was beautifully filmed and produced and I thought it did a good job of just being informative. I also liked that it discussed both advantages and challenges of being an HSP. It was neither overly positive or overly negative, but hit that balance of being realistic and hopeful at the same time.
Everything Kelly said in her podcast, I would second. I think her points covered lots of good ground. I’ll add a few things: I bought the DVD and had expected to only watch it once, or maybe twice. I’m almost laughing at myself, because I must have put it on and watched all of it around twenty times. (So far?) I don’t do that with anything else, and was ignoring Netflix discs for long periods, to keep watching that one DVD. Because it was so outside my norms, I didn’t “get it” at first. I didn’t understand what was going on. In hindsight, it makes good sense — it turns out my reading of books had only convinced my intellect that the HSP concepts were real, but my emotions had still needed to catch up and be convinced. The DVD did that “emotional convincing” work for me. It was so cool, seeing such a wide variety of HSPs, as examples of the type: partly because I now realize that some of the most special people I met over the years were HSPs. I especially found it to be hugely helpful when various HSPs and/or their loved ones talked about being in overwhelm or overload. Looking back at my history, and now getting to see other’s histories as well, I realize I must have been in double or triple overwhelm, my whole life. (Bad childhood, etc., etc.; chronic insufficient boundaries; being surrounded by Impulse Driven Sensation Seekers at times, etc. — and all of that on top of being a male HSP, who had no clue HSPs existed, or that I was one.) That all means this journey of increased self-discovery I’m on feels like it has the potential to really, really improve my future! I look forward to the next DVD Doctor Aron and her team are working on; and I am also very glad I found out about this site, too! (Oh, and I bought Kelly’s book, and read it in one day. I loved that cool HSP resource, too!)
Hi Ward, thanks so much for the great comment and I’m happy you liked the book!! 🙂