Most of you readers know that I am a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and that so are most of my clients. I’ve written about this before in a previous article. I’ve also written about the same topic utilizing the term “introvert” when I reviewed a wonderful book on the power of introverts. The work of pioneer Dr. Elaine Aron, who coined the term “Highly Sensitive Person”, literally saved my sanity by helping me figure out who I am, while also helping me see and celebrate the positives of being an HSP. Also, it allowed me to help my clients identify their HSP personalities and embrace them which often comes as a huge relief to a minority of people who feel somehow ‘defective’ within society.
When I got an email informing me that an actual film is being made about HSP’s, I was incredulous and absolutely delighted. Click here to learn more about this amazing film. I feel that this film has the potential to help millions of people who are Highly Sensitive and those who love and care for them. They need financial contributions of any size to make this film a reality. I made a donation and was relieved to hear that it is a) a tax write-off (they have formed a non-profit for this purpose) and b) that my payment will onlybe processed if they receive the total amount required to produce this amazing film.
My personal take on this whole HSP phenomenon is that because only 20% of us have this personality, we are greatly misunderstood. In terms of my experience as a therapist, I feel confident in asserting that many HSP’s wind up with serious depression and/or anxiety both because of how their nervous systems are wired and as a result of experiencing the sense of “not fitting in” to mainstream society. I believe strongly that education is the best agent for positive social change and this film, if it happens, will hopefully educate the world at large about the minority of the world’s population who happen to be HSP’s.
Here’s some information on the Highly Sensitive Personality from the film’s website which you may find interesting:
Are you “too shy” or “too sensitive” according to others? Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you?
If your answers are yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).
Most of us feel overstimulated every once in a while, but for the Highly Sensitive Person, it’s a way of life.
About 1 in 5 people are highly sensitive — and most don’t know it. Nor do the people who love them. They just know that their loved one can cry easily, react to situations that others just shrug their shoulders at, and otherwise take things just too personally.
There is relief in knowing you are highly sensitive. It’s a relief to understand why you react the way you do. It’s a relief to know there are others like you. It’s a relief to better understand yourself and your trait.
Sensitive–The Untold Story is based on Dr. Elaine Aron’s findings. In 1991 she made a breakthrough discovery: an innate trait of high sensitivity. Since then, her international bestseller The Highly Sensitive Person has been translated into 17 languages and her research is published in top-tier peer reviewed journals such as The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Brain and Behavior, as well as replicated and extended by other scientists, who will be interviewed in the film.
Sensitive–The Untold Story will explore the trait of high sensitivity through interviews with scientists, true stories, dramatic reenactments and stunning cinematography. The goal of the film “Sensitive- The Untold Story” is to raise awareness about the nature of HSP, forge better understanding between HSP’s and non-HSP’s, may they be children, parents, spouses, or co-workers, dispel myths about shyness, challenge stereotypes and inspire dialogue among professionals and further research of the innate trait of high sensitivity. Your Kickstarter contributions to Sensitive-The Untold Story are tax deductible, because we have created a nonprofit foundation: Foundation for the Study of Highly Sensitive Persons. Our mission statement is “To research and educate the public about the trait of high sensitivity”. If there are profits from the film, some of those profits would go towards further research on sensory processing sensitivity (high sensitivity). Some would be used to make more films or otherwise educate the public.
The project needs support in order to enter into production the first of its kind documentary on HSPs in order to revolutionize the way HSPs are viewed by society and the way we view and understand ourselves, which as you must know is crucial especially for those still struggling to put their finger on their HSP trait and may presently be internalizing the under informed and often highly detrimental feedback of those around them to mean they are flawed.
I Want Your Stories!
Do you have a personal story about being a Highly Sensitive Person? Do you think it would empower anduplift and inspire other women? If so, please send it to me at: estherATestherkane.com and I will publish it in an upcoming e-zine. You will remain anonymous of course.
I’m all about empowering women and I know for a fact that the best way to do that is for us to share with each other and provide support to other women who are struggling with something that we once struggledwith too. We as women have so much strength, support and wisdom to share with each other and I would love to give you the opportunity to do just that via my weekly e-zine.
I have the privilege every day to hear women’s incredible stories of deep pain and suffering but also of how they overcame serious adversity and multiple obstacles that were put in their way. I learn and grow so much as a result but due to confidentiality, cannot share those stories with you, my wonderful readers. But you can choose to share those stories with each other via this e-zine if you’d like. I encourage you greatly to do so and I know personally and professionally how healing and empowering it is to do so.
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