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A Highly Sensitive Person’s Life: Stories & advice for those who experience the world intensely is a collection of the best blog posts from this site, compiled to spread understanding and acceptance of high sensitivity in an honest, entertaining, and meaningful way. It’s been described as like having a cup of tea with a good friend while chatting about issues that only another HSP would understand.

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One step forward….one step back.

One step forward….one step back.

Journalists and writers seemingly can't help themselves. When they write an article about Highly Sensitive People, they just can't stop themselves from sticking in pejorative, judgmental language. Sometimes it's so minor that it's hard to perceive, but it's almost...

Sensory Deprivation: Try a float session!

Have you ever heard of floating? In the therapeutic, spa-sense? A float session consists of lying naked (or in a swimsuit) in an individual tank of warm water that is super-saturated with Epsom salts. The door of the tank can be closed so you are in complete darkness...

Taking breaks in group vacations

Taking breaks in group vacations

A few weeks ago, my husband Jim and I went to Guanajuato, Mexico to meet up with a couple we are friends with. They currently live in Mexico. I normally would be uncomfortable "vacationing" with other people, but I'm pretty comfortable with these folks. One afternoon,...

11 Tips for handling the chaos of kids as an introverted HSP

11 Tips for handling the chaos of kids as an introverted HSP

For Highly Sensitive People--particularly introverts--the concept of parenting may elicit feelings of anxiety and overwhelm in addition to the standard emotion of joy. There is an extra layer of challenge due to the ease with which HSPs become overstimulated and...

Nice people make me cry

Nice people make me cry

When a stranger does something unexpectedly nice, does it make you emotional? Here’s my story about an empathic insurance agent who almost made me cry.

Pushing buttons: dealing with people who antagonize you

Pushing buttons: dealing with people who antagonize you

I’m a member of several Facebook groups for HSPs and I see this topic come up a lot: People will describe a co-worker, family member, or a stranger on the internet who says things that they disagree with so strongly that they get angry...and sometimes they verbally...

Condolences: what to say (and NOT say) to a friend who’s hurting

Condolences: what to say (and NOT say) to a friend who’s hurting

You’d think as an HSP that I’d be good at knowing what to say when someone else is hurting. But I’m always afraid that I’ll say the wrong thing. A friend had a cancer scare recently. While I was waiting to hear from her about her test results, I thought: what do I say...

Don’t see the movie “Inside Out” …

…unless you want to cry for an hour straight. Yes, I want to talk about the Pixar movie Inside Out. It's about feelings. It s a lovely movie with a nice message. It is funny and creative. But it is SUPER sad and sentimental. As an HSP, I felt it was a bit emotionally...

The 2014-15 Gift Guide for Highly Sensitive People & Introverts

The 2014-15 Gift Guide for Highly Sensitive People & Introverts

>>See the NEW 2016-17 list here<< Whether it's a holiday, birthday, anniversary, or just to say "Hi!", this list can help you choose the perfect gift for your introverted, highly sensitive friend, spouse, co-worker, or family member. Featured here are...