03 July 2009


my gratitude to my friend rebecca, who introduced me to this under-appreciated aspect of human psychology. highly sensitive people, who make up anywhere from 10-20% of the population, process sensory data much more deeply and thoroughly than others do. often mistaken for shyness, introversion or inhibition (even by medical and therapeutic professionals), this trait can be a blessing, a burden, or both, depending on the understanding and support shown by family and friends, particularly while growing up.

i recommend elaine n. aron's book The Highly Sensitive Person to anyone who is an HSP, as well as to anyone who knows an HSP. the book is thoughtful, informative and accessible.

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