Resources for Highly Sensitive People (HSP)
As a Highly Sensitive Person, I am dedicated to raising awareness about the trait of High Sensory Sensitivity (or Sensory Processing Sensitivity, or High Sensory Intelligence). Finding out that I was an HSP has been life-changing. Below are some of the best resources for HSPs that you can find. Whether it is research, books, articles, courses, or a community, you are sure to find the support that you need.
Julie Bjelland is a psychotherapist, author, and sensitivity expert, who has been researching and advocating for the trait for over 30 years. She is the host of The HSP Podcast and Founder of the Sensitive Empowerment Community, a private, online platform for HSPs to connect and support each other. I highly recommend her courses: Brain Training for the Highly Sensitive Person, Blooming Brilliantly: Understanding and Loving Who You Are as a Sensitive Person, and How to Grow a Heart-Centered Online Business. Julie is warm, supportive and highly responsive. It is your first stop if you want to learn more about High Sensory Intelligence (using her quiz) and join a welcoming community of other sensitives.
Whether you know you are a Highly Sensitive Person or relate to some of the trait's characteristics and want to find out more, Dr. Elaine Aron's website has a wealth of information, most of which from her own research. She and her husband Arthur Aron pioneered the field of high sensitivity in the early 1990's. She is the author of many books, and on the website, you can also find videos, a list of HSP-knowledgeable practitioners, a blog, FAQ, and a short self-test to find out where you may fit on the Highly Sensitivity scale.