Do people tell you that you are just “too sensitive” or maybe that you are “too intense” Are you deeply bothered by bright lights, loud noises, caffeine, violent movies and injustices in the world…and do you need a lot of down time to recover?
If if answered yes to 3 or more of these items, then you may have the trait of high sensitivity as defined by Dr Elaine Aron.
Commonly referred to as a Highly Sensitive Person or HSP, a person with high sensitivity has biological differences in their nervous system that result in them being more sensitive, perceptive and response to environmental stimuli and having a deeper thinking and processing style than those without the trait.
Research has found that about 20% of the population have the trait and although you may have come to feel that you have a disorder because of the way others react to you, your trait is far from a disorder. It is in fact a normal personality variation found in the same proportions (20%) of all species on earth and is necessary for the survival of a species. If we were all the ‘didn’t notice that & rush in type’, our species might not exist today!
Cultures differ in whether they view the trait as favourable or not, and in western cultures and workplaces in particular it is generally not considered popular or fashionable to be a sensitive person. This can lead to a profound sense of alienation and cause significant damage to your self-esteem as a result.
At this session you will learn more about,
- the science and research behind your unique trait
- how to live and work more in harmony and successfully with your trait in a world that is not primarily designed for sensitive people
- how to better understand the less sensitive styles and how to respond more effectively to their behaviours
- strategies to deal with over stimulation in the workplace such as noisy workspaces, busy workloads, change fatigue
- how to set personal boundaries to keep yourself psychologically and physically safe and to avoid burnout