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Dr. Elaine Aron will present the latest research on the innate trait of high sensitivity or Sensory Processing Sensitivity, found in about 20% of humans as well as over 100 other species. She will discuss why this trait is found throughout the animal kingdom, always as a minority; the four principle attributes of sensitive people; and the research thus far on how they differ in their genetics and brain processing. In addition, she will compare this trait to concepts of introversion and extraversion; shyness; neuroticism and various mental illnesses; giftedness; and being an empath or psychic.
In addition, Elaine will discuss how to identify and best help highly sensitive patients, clients, family members, and one’s self by addressing life style issues, coping with stress, reframing one’s past, and healing psychological wounds, as well as touch on raising sensitive children and sensitivity within close relationships and in the work place. Because as many men as women are born with this trait, she will explore the special issues facing sensitive men, as well as how the trait appears in combination with the trait of high sensation seeking.
Background: A clinical psychologist, Elaine Aron, PhD continues scientific research on this trait, as well as maintaining since 1997 a quarterly newsletter for ”HSPs,“ Comfort Zone. Her books, translated into 14 languages, include The Highly Sensitive Person, The Highly Sensitive Person Workbook, The Highly Sensitive Child, andThe Highly Sensitive Person in Love, as well as The Undervalued Self, which focuses on an evolutionarily based solution to low self-esteem. She also writes a blog, ”Attending to the Undervalued Self“ for Psychology Today, which featured her work in their magazine this last summer.