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Jenn Granneman & Andre Sólo

The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World

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    What sensitivity is

    In today’s world, we encounter an overwhelming volume of information on a daily basis. The bombardment from the internet, smartphones, social media and more challenges our brains. The result is a universal experience of stress, burnout, and anxiety, as we struggle to keep up with the demands of a world that is more stimulating than ever before.

    This strain is even more acute for the one third of the population that is highly sensitive. According to research performed in the 1980s by psychologist Jerome Kagan, the brains of highly sensitive people are wired to process things more profoundly. They notice subtle details that others may miss, can easily read the emotions of a room, predict how events will unfold, and envision creative solutions. This endows them with unique strengths such as empathy, intuition, and a profound appreciation for beauty and creativity. However, their sensitivity also leaves them more vulnerable to overstimulation and emotional overload. 

    Society often misinterprets sensitivity as weakness, especially among men. Would you have guessed that sensitivity is equally common in men and women? Well, it is! The truth is that sensitivity represents a normal, healthy, and measurable personality trait. It doesn’t mean being overly emotional, weak, or unable to handle criticism. Rather, it's a nuanced and complex trait that involves a deeper processing of sensory and emotional inputs.

    But the stigma surrounding sensitivity often causes people to hide and suppress their natures. Sensitive people can even repress their own natures so much that they’re unaware of the quiet strengths they possess. Messages like "don't be so sensitive!" teach them to hide the very traits that make them exceptional. But understanding and embracing sensitivity, and making it a vital aspect of your identity can bring an immense sense of relief, confidence, clarity, and belonging. 

    So, what do you think? Are you ready to embrace your sensitive nature?

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    What is Sensitive about?

    Sensitive (2023) explores the meaningful lives and gifts of highly sensitive people, whose emotional depth and perceptual sensitivity shed invaluable light into human consciousness. Interweaving scientific research with compelling personal stories, it guides highly sensitive people toward validation and compassionate self-care. With poetic reflection and empowering advice, it frames high sensitivity as a vital form of beauty both challenging and critical to embrace.

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    Sensitive (2021) is a thought-provoking book that celebrates the power of sensitivity in a world that often undervalues it. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers insights into the unique strengths and challenges of being sensitive, helping readers better understand and embrace their own sensitivity.
    • With practical strategies and exercises, it provides tools to navigate overwhelming emotions and thrive in relationships and careers.
    • The book combines research, personal stories, and expert advice to create a relatable and empowering guide for sensitive individuals.

    Who should read Sensitive?

    • Highly sensitive people, or those who suspect they might be
    • Parents of sensitive children
    • Anyone curious about psychology and neurodiversity

    About the Author

    Jenn Granneman is an advocate for highly sensitive people and the co-founder of Sensitive Refuge, a web resource for sensitive people. She founded Introvert, Dear, the world’s largest online community for introverts, and her work has been featured in many publications, from HuffPost to Psychology Today and Forbes. She is also the author of The Secret Lives of Introverts.

    Andre Sólo is the co-founder and editor in chief of Sensitive Refuge as well as the Chief Make-It-Happen Officer for Introvert, Dear. His work has been featured in HuffPost, the Washington Post, and other publications and podcasts, and he speaks internationally about issues concerning sensitive people.

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    Sensitive FAQs 

    What is the main message of Sensitive?

    Embrace your sensitivity and use it as a strength.

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    Is Sensitive a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Sensitive is a valuable read that explores the positive aspects of sensitivity and provides practical guidance for sensitive individuals.

    Who is the author of Sensitive?

    Jenn Granneman & Andre Sólo are the authors of Sensitive.

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