My awesome friend, Elaine Sanders, is a personal coach specializing in Highly Sensitive People.
Elaine is a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), herself.
The name Highly Sensitive Person was coined in 1996 by Dr. Elaine Aron, bestselling author of The Highly Sensitive Person, The Highly Sensitive Person’s Workbook, The Highly Sensitive Person in Love and The Highly Sensitive Child.
HSPs are thought to make up between 15-20% of the population and, although super interesting, this is not something that is “strange”, “odd,” or “weird” (as many of these people can grow up believing). It’s just differences in a person’s Nervous System and what is thought to be a genetic trait.
This is the definition of Highly Sensitive Person as found on Wikepedia:
“A highly sensitive person (HSP) is a person having the innate trait of high sensitivity (or innate sensitiveness as Carl Gustav Jung originally coined it). According to Elaine N. Aron and colleagues as well as other researchers, highly sensitive people, which would represent about a fifth of the population, process sensory data much more deeply and thoroughly due to a biological difference in their nervous systems. This is a specific trait with key consequences that in the past has often been confused with innate shyness, inhibitedness, innate fearfulness, introversion, and so on. The existence of the trait of innate sensitivity was demonstrated using a test that was shown to have both internal and external validity.”
What Elaine aims to do is to help this 1/5 of the population understand themselves and their trait so that they can live the fulfilling lives they were born to live.
Since most HSPs are either unaware of their trait, misunderstand it perhaps by feeling there is something “wrong” with them, or may know about it but feel ashamed or “weird”, she helps to bring this trait to light, assists the HSP in finding comfort and appreciation for this great asset (which is what it really is), and helps them deal with the over-stimulation that can occur when proper self-care isn’t taken.
Elaine is such an interesting and genuine person and she offers very amazing and helpful insights. The life transformations she has helped along are unreal and I am very excited to share more about her and the topic of Highly Sensitive People in future entries!
Click here for the Highly Sensitive Person Self-Test.