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The Highly Sensitive Person

Understanding The Highly Sensitive Person

People with the trait of high sensitivity are often labeled shy, neurotic, or introverted.

This sensitivity is innate and not learned: biologists have recognized the differences in the way sensory data is processed.

Leading psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron is noted in the field of studying high sensitivity. She has written several books on the topic, explaining this common trait.

About Dr. Elaine Aron

Dr. Elaine Aron has a Ph.D. in clinical depth psychology. She and her husband, Dr. Arthur Aron, are field leaders in the study of psychology and relationships and have pioneered the study of sensitivity and love using functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI).

In 1991, Dr. Aron started her research of Sensory-Processing Sensitivity. She has written several books on highly sensitive persons (HSP) so that people with this trait can understand more about it. The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You (Broadway Books) offers an introduction and an overview of this trait. Dr. Aron followed up with The Highly Sensitive Person’s Workbook (Three Rivers Press) as a user-guide for HSP to care for themselves in everyday life.

What Does “Highly Sensitive” Mean?

The highly sensitive person is not “weird.” In fact, between 15 and 20% of the population has this trait. It is ingrained and instinctive: high sensitivity is found in most animals and biologists believe it is a form of survival strategy.

Dr. Aron describes this trait as a “preference to process information more deeply.” An HSP notices more than other people because their brain processes and reflects on stimuli more intensely. She has studied HSP brains and non-HSP brains using FMRI technology. The perception centers of HSP’s brains light up more than those of a non-HSP.

As a result of this inherent processing, things feel chaotic and intense, and a HSP often feels overwhelmed. This overstimulation leads to a HSP feeling tired and may lead to he or she “falling apart” during times. Dr. Aron suggests that the HSP take more downtime for themselves, including daily periods to let the mind wander and rejuvenate, and weekly and yearly breaks to recuperate from life’s overstimulation.

The HSP is Not Shy

Being labeled shy is common for the HSP. Dr. Aron notes that shyness is a learned trait rather than innate. They are also frequently labeled as introverts, when according to her research 30% of HSP are extroverts. Other common words used to describe HSP include inhibited, fearful, or neurotic.

The HSP will take his or her time in new situations or relationships. While they tend to make good decisions, it often takes them a while and can seem like a struggle. Dr. Aron wrote The Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You (Three Rivers Press) to explore how HSP and non-HSP can develop and maintain relationships and what they can learn from each other.

The Highly Sensitive Child

Throughout her research, Dr. Aron has heard from many adult HSP about the difficulties faced in childhood: from being bullied to having parents who didn’t understand why they were so “sensitive.” Dr. Aron stresses the importance of parents with highly sensitive children in understanding different child rearing and temperament techniques to ensure a valuable childhood is experienced.

Her best-selling book, The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them (Three Rivers Press) for parents to develop a childhood from which highly sensitive children will flourish.

Dr. Aron features a self-test on her website [www.hsperson.com] and a checklist for parents to use when determining whether or not their children are HSP. She also publishes a quarterly newsletter called The Comfort Zone, which features articles and resources on all sorts of HSP related topics.

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The Highly Sensitive Person

Thomas Campbell's Book My Big TOE

My Big TOE: Enlightening Book Offers Model of Reality

Why are we here? What is our purpose? How can our own inner peace affect the peace of the world? These few questions ask a lot from the universe, and in a new book answers derived from years of research and reflection are given.

My Big TOE (Lightening Strike Books) is written by physicist Thomas Campbell. Delving deep into the scientific realm as well as areas of consciousness and spirituality, this book is filled front to back with Campbell’s unique, clear-cut model of reality.

Whether or not readers have a scientific background, they will be able to absorb Campbell’s ideas and learn to personalize his model in their own quest for higher consciousness.

About Thomas Campbell

Author and Physicist Thomas CampbellIn the 1970s, nuclear physicist Thomas Campbell had a curiosity in the subjective and objective minds, which led him into the scientific study of researching altered states of consciousness. While also working as a physicist developing US missile defense systems, Campbell helped develop technology used to create altered states in order to explore more deeply one’s consciousness.

Using his research and his first-hand experiences with reality and psychic phenomena, Campbell wrote My Big TOE to represent his findings on the human existence. My Big TOE is based on 30 years of scientific research and metaphysical perspectives.

My Big TOE: A Model of Reality

Readers will discover in this enlightening book a presentation of reality based on science, philosophy, the human mind, paranormal, and more. Merging mind, body, and spirit with sound scientific theory, Campbell’s My Big TOE is a revolutionary book written for people curious about the nature of reality, whether a scientist or not.

TOE is an acronym for the scientific community’s Theory Of Everything, from “life, purpose, personal significance, physics, evolution, and the reason why.” My Big TOE describes the human experience scientifically and beyond, by discussing each person’s unique and innate abilities. This gives readers appreciation for their potential both in the physical and spiritual worlds.

Theory of Everything Explores . . . Everything

Thomas Campbell's Book My Big TOECampbell writes analytically yet understandably for the average reader, and even offers humor throughout the book. My Big TOE covers a lot of material and explores several questions, some being:

  • the purpose of physical and nonphysical existence: why are we here?
  • is our understanding of reality blurred by our culture and belief systems?
  • how collective peace can be achieved by improvements in ourselves
  • the possibilities of traveling back through time or towards the future
  • how meditation can help improve your understanding of reality by becoming more familiar with your five senses
  • are spirituality, consciousness, love, and paranormal phenomena interconnected?

The model of reality presented in My Big TOE can be incorporated by readers as they begin their own individual journeys toward higher consciousness.

To start your journey, please click > My Big TOE: The Complete Trilogy by Thomas Campbell

Emotional Freedom by Dr. Judy Orloff

Guide to Emotional Health: Insights & Strategies in Transformative Self-Help Book

We are perceptive and intuitive beings who hold the power to transform and heal ourselves.

This is what Dr. Judith Orloff asserts in her psychiatric practice. Our spiritual health is a major component to our overall wellbeing.

In her book Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life (Three Rivers Press) Dr. Orloff uses her personal and professional experience to provide insights on how to achieve a healthy emotional state, leading to greater mind, body, and spiritual health.

Spiritual Psychiatry

Dr. Judy OrloffFor more than two decades, Dr. Judith Orloff has worked with people on their emotional health. As Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, Dr. Orloff integrates traditional medicine, intuition, and spirituality into her healing approaches to mind/body health and wellness. Her goal is to help people achieve inner peace by transforming negative emotions into positive ones.

Dr. Orloff has authored several books, including Second Sight: An Intuitive Psychiatrist Tells Her Extraordinary Story and Shows You How To Tap Your Own Inner Wisdom (Three Rivers Press), Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength, and Love (Three Rivers Press), and Guide to Intuitive Healing: 5 Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness (Three Rivers Press).

Guide to Help Empower Yourself

Emotional Freedom is a book written with humor and understanding, designed to engage and educate readers in the intricate relationship between body, mind, and spiritual health. Emotional freedom happens when stress has been mastered, there is control over emotions, and life is approached positively rather than with negativity. Dr. Orloff uses her wisdom to teach readers how to deal constructively with life and take control again.

Drawing from several fields, including neuroscience, intuitive medicine, psychology, and energy medicine, Dr. Orloff incorporates several case studies into her discussions, and offers endless strategies on ways to pinpoint negative emotions and flip them into feelings of empowerment.

The book also includes:

  • methods on identifying one’s emotional type (intellectual, empathic, rock, or gusher);
  • discussions on the importance of tapping into the power of dreams;
  • an exploration on the power of one’s intuition;
  • a “survival guide” on dealing constructively with those who are emotionally draining; and
  • strategies on how to face specific negative emotions (such as fear, frustration, disappointment, loneliness, anxiety, depression, envy, or anger) and replacing them with more positive emotional transformations.

Self-Healing Action Plan

Emotional Freedom by Dr. Judy OrloffEmotional Freedom is a resource intended for anyone who struggles with feelings of stress, frustration, or a general sense of being overwhelmed by everything. Anyone who feels it is time to regain control of their life, emotionally and spiritually, will appreciate Dr. Orloff’s wisdom and guidance in her acclaimed book.

As Dr. Orloff teaches, the emotions we feel are directly linked to our spiritual health and rooted in our soul. By learning how to take control of emotional health, readers will have a new perspective on life and be able to regain health and wellness using a balanced mind/body/spirit approach.

For more information, please click >  Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life by Dr. Judith Orloff

Learn About Your Emotional Type

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Book Cover for Moonrise Anthology

Inspiring Anthology Promotes Balanced Leadership of Women

Modern day feminism is the key to today’s need for environmental and social progress, as is promoted in this book featuring a collection of essays.

Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart features the words and ideas of women (and a few men) who are pioneers in various areas of achievement and guidance.

Through the text, readers are exposed to the ideas that to inspire change and to be an effective leader one needs inner awareness, respect for self and others, and a goal to be sought after with determination.

Progressive Thought on Women Leaders

Author Nina SimonsNina Simons is the co-CEO and co-founder of Bioneers, a nonprofit organization created in 1990 with the intention of starting discussions on environmental and social issues, encouraging progressive research in these areas, and positing solutions to these problems.

Simons strives to promote women and leadership in modern “feminist” ways and seeks to strengthen the effectiveness and authority of women leaders from around the world and within every field.

Anthology Features Essays on Leadership, Justice, and Change

With this goal, Simons served as editor for an anthology of essays written by well-known leaders and achievers from different walks of life. Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart (Park Street Press) consists of 37 thought-provoking essays from mostly women and a few men, ranging from topics political or economical in nature to self-transforming ideas.

Each essay in Moonrise has the goal of making the world a better place in some way. And how is this done? Through leadership that seeks a balance of compassion and caring, or more feminine qualities, with the assertive tendencies of the masculine.

Inspirational Book

Book Cover for Moonrise AnthologyI was pleased to come across the essay contributed by Eve Ensler, a creative woman’s activist whom I admire. Ensler’s essay, “V to the Tenth,” represents how pushing past a fear or a supposed taboo can blow the doors open and start conversations even in areas least expected. It just takes one person to start it. “Saying the word I was not supposed to say is the thing that gave me a voice in the world,” writes Ensler.

Although she writes how speaking up can help one reclaim power in their life, she also points out the areas where society lacks in supporting women’s safety and addressing violence. “The only point of having power, it seems to me, is to give it away, and inspire other people to have it.”

Another essay I enjoyed was “The Color of Sustainability” by LaDonna Redmond, a food activist with a passion for universal accessibility to healthy food. An advocate for “being part of the solution to the issues,” Redmond shares her personal story on becoming a food justice expert—from sustainable agriculture to health food preparation—and the ecological connection between African Americans and farming. Redmond notes that sustainability is not a social welfare issue, and requires diversity and inclusion in order to be attainable.

Moonrise provides for readers an inspired vision. This inspirational book offers concrete evidence in the power of women’s dreams, goals, and accomplishments. While obviously, it’s a must-read for any woman, professional or not, Moonrise is also an essential perspective for men to gain in their paths throughout the world.

For more information, please click > Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart

Angels in Connecticut is a Collection of Inspiring Stories

Books and stories about angels reach into our hearts and offer readers comfort during challenging times.

Angel books also inspire us to view life’s synchronicities as more than mere coincidence.

Angels in Connecticut is a self-published gem (CreateSpace) written by Susan Pettella, a resident of the state of Connecticut. Her intention in writing this little treasure of a book was to help others believe in a higher power and in divine intervention.

Stories About Angels

Angel Art ImageIn Part 1—The Simple Truth About Angels, Pettella shares ways for readers to open their intention in order to begin seeing and knowing the angels that are around. She feels signs are everywhere. One example I really connected with was on how animals in nature can show up at the perfect moment and offer messages of hope or insight.

Part 2—Letters contains the majority of the book’s content, offering a wide range of stories from those who submitted stories of their first-hand about angels and their experiences of divine intervention.
A couple stories include pictures of angels seen by the naked eye.

One story shares that an angel image appeared on a developed photo of an infant taken while in her high chair.  A small angel is clearly visible above the child. The grandmother didn’t notice the small floating angel till she later viewed the photo.

How to Connect with Your Angels

There is such a wide range of stories. Some are of angels that watch over loved ones, or appear from nowhere just to show their smiling faces. The book includes stories of angels that offer protection, and messages of hope, love, and inspiration.

Angels in Connecticut closes with Part 3 offering readers a meditation to assist in connecting with their guardian angel and other angels around them. It includes tips on how journaling can facilitate connecting to one’s higher insights and power.

Angels in Connecticut Book CoverThis is a very sweet book for those with religious faith and those who view spirituality as a divine order, light, or intelligence. Pettella’s intention embraces everyone who is curious about the presence of angels or would like greater evidence to believe in a higher power. The large collection of angel stories certainly offers any reader evidence that angels have and are touching people’s lives every day. Angels in Connecticut is a perfect book to have on hand to give someone who is going through challenging times. It is also a delightful reminder to be open to trusting your heart, intuition, and life’s mysterious coincidences.

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