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Do you experience joy, discomfort, empathy, and emotions very intensely? Are you easily overstimulated or bothered by small changes in your environment? You aren’t alone, in fact, you might be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). In this podcast, host, blogger, (and HSP herself) Kelly shares real-life experiences that may have you nodding and thinking: “I thought I was the only one who felt that way”!Introverts and people with shyness and social anxiety may also find comfort and camaraderie here. Remember--you aren’t crazy or weird…just highly sensitive!

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Do you experience joy, discomfort, empathy, and emotions very intensely? Are you easily overstimulated or bothered by small changes in your environment? You aren’t alone, in fact, you might be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). In this podcast, host, blogger, (and HSP herself) Kelly shares real-life experiences that may have you nodding and thinking: “I thought I was the only one who felt that way”!Introverts and people with shyness and social anxiety may also find comfort and camaraderie here. Remember--you aren’t crazy or weird…just highly sensitive!

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The Highly Sensitive Person Podcast

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Do you experience joy, discomfort, empathy, and emotions very intensely? Are you easily overstimulated or bothered by small changes in your environment? You aren’t alone, in fact, you might be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). In this podcast, host, blogger, (and HSP herself) Kelly shares real-life experiences that may have you nodding and thinking: “I thought I was the only one who felt that way”!Introverts and people with shyness and social anxiety may also find comfort and camaraderie here. Remember--you aren’t crazy or weird…just highly sensitive!

65. Narcissists & Highly Sensitive People

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Did you know that highly sensitive people and narcissists tend to be attracted to each other?

I've welcomed Nikki Eisenhauer onto the show today to discuss what a narcissist is and why HSPs can be drawn to people with narcissistic personality disorder.

I think it's important for HSPs to be aware of this topic so they can identify and deal with harmful relationships.

Nikki is an engaging guest and does a great job of explaining this topic in a digestible way. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), chemical dependency counselor (LCDC), yoga and meditation teacher, and possible budding comedian. In this episode, we talk about:

What is a narcissist vs. sociopath personality, The difference between anxiety and intuition, What it's like to be an HSP and a therapist, What most therapists don't know about HSPs, Why improv might be good for HSPs, and more!

Nikki specializes in trauma, grief and loss, addiction, and has come to understand what wounds, drives, and heals Highly Sensitive People. Her most recent passion project is Wise Owl Within, where she offers Sensitive and Healers support, evolution, and the life they desire. Get in touch with her on Facebook and Twitter!

Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. http://www.patreon.com/hsp

Sign up for my twice-monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on new podcast episodes, blog posts, and HSP news.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Jun 10 2016

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01: What is a Highly Sensitive Person?

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In this introductory episode, I talk about what a Highly Sensitive Person ISN'T....and what they is.

I mean, are.

The goal of this podcast is to help other people realize if they are highly sensitive, that they aren't alone, and they aren't weird or wrong!

I also cover the difference between introverts and HSPs, some benefits of being an HSP, and why high sensitivity isn't something you "have", like an illness.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Aug 07 2014

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58: What is an Empath? With Caroline of The Happy Sensitive

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I've heard the word "empath" a lot, but didn't truly understand what it meant. I thought it maybe simply referred to people who experienced a lot of empathy....? But that didn't seem right. When searching for a simple explanation about empaths, I came up empty, until I found this great article on Caroline's website, The Happy Sensitive. It was then I knew that I just had to get Caroline on the podcast to help explain empaths!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is and isn't an empath
  • The struggles and benefits of being an empath
  • The difference between an empath, trained empath, and clair-sentient
  • Energy and spiritual levels versus practical, psychological level

Want to support the podcast?

If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works.

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Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Feb 13 2016

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37. Self-criticism

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HSPs often criticize themselves in order to avoid the trauma of criticism from others. Next week, I'll talk about how to handle criticism.

Big Announcement: My new book is out on Amazon: A Highly Sensitive Person's Life: stories & tips for those who experience the world intensely.

Resources mentioned in this episode: The awesome blog post I mention about criticism from Dr. Elaine Aron

Sign up for my twice-monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on new podcast episodes, blog posts, and HSP news.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Apr 21 2015

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24. Tips for Coping with the Challenges of Being Highly Sensitive

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In this episode 23, I provide some tips on how to deal with the challenging aspects of being highly sensitive. Do you ever say these things to yourself?

  • "I give a lot to other people but they don’t notice--they don't appreciate or reciprocate my thoughtfulness."
  • "I can’t trust many people because they will inevitably hurt me or let me down."
  • "How can I be less sensitive?"
  • "My empathy weighs heavily on me--It’s so tiring. How can I better handle this?"

Have a listen and let me know what you think of my tips in the comments below. If you like the podcast, please leave a positive review on iTunes! Sign up for the weekly newsletter to be notified of the latest blog posts, podcast episodes, and HSP news.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Book: The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

Related posts on highlysensitiveperson.net:

Podcast music attribution: By the Coast (2004) (Antony Raijekov) / CC BY-NC 2.5

Dec 30 2014

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38. Handling Criticism

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This episode 38 is about handling criticism. I talk about three little tactics I use to help deal with negative feedback in my life. (Last week I talked about self-criticism, how HSPs often criticize themselves in order to avoid the trauma of criticism from others.)

My new book is out on Amazon: A Highly Sensitive Person's Life: stories & tips for those who experience the world intensely.

Sign up for my twice-monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on new podcast episodes, blog posts, and HSP news.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Apr 29 2015

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45. Are you a People Pleaser

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“Sure, I can work late tonight." “Yeah, you can crash at my place.” “I can babysit, no problem.” “I can lend you some money.”

These are things a people pleaser might say. People pleasers take on too much and don't know when to say "no". Their desire to please others and be seen as important and helpful can lead to overwhelm and resentment.

Today, I talk about why people have a have time saying No and some ways to stop being a pushover.

Other resources on being a people pleaser:

Do you like the show?

If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. 

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Jun 17 2015

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53. FAQs about HSPs (for those who are not highly sensitive)

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This episode is especially for those who do not have the trait of high sensitivity. It's for those who don't understand HSP, yet want to learn more about it to support someone in their life. In this show, I cover some "Frequently Asked Questions" about HSPs to clear up some misconceptions about the trait. Including:

  1. Aren’t “sensitive” people just drama queens and crybabies?
  2. Is “Highly Sensitive Person” a made-up thing people use as an excuse to act a certain way?
  3. Can’t you just toughen up?
  4. My partner was diagnosed as highly sensitive. How can they make it better?
  5. I feel like I’m walking on eggshells around my highly sensitive partner/friend. They get upset at everything.
  6. How can I better understand my highly sensitive partner/friend/family member?

Related content on this blog:  

Related content on the web:

Want to support the show?Become my patron on Patreon!

If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. 

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Oct 06 2015

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50. How to stop wanting to escape your job

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Have you ever thought: "If only I could quit my job, everything would be better." And you daydream about following your passions, or traveling, or going after that business idea you've always fantasized about?

But you know, deep down, that you will never quit your office job, for whatever reason. And that depresses you.

Well, hopefully today's episode will make you feel a bit better. It talks about how these types of dreams often have little grounding in reality. They are wishful goals that haven't been set, so they can't be reached. Reaching for these unset goals can only leave you disappointed.

NOTE: There is something I should have said in this episode that I forgot to include. Everything I talk about in this episode is my personal opinion from life experiences. I generalize "office jobs" and realize that all jobs and situations are different. These tips might not apply to you and your job situation, so please take it with a grain of salt.

Do you like the show? Become a patron on Patreon. If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. You can get special rewards, too!

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Aug 25 2015

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05: Having Plans Weighs on Me

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If I have one thing to do in a day, it weighs on me all day long. Even if it’s something enjoyable.

There will be a kernel of anxiety in my brain all day, until the event happens.

In episode #5, I talk about this odd phenomenon. Having a dentist appointment at 3pm shouldn't mean I can't go to a yoga class at 10am! Why do I feel "so busy" when I'm not?

If you like the podcast, please leave a rating and review in iTunes or Stitcher! It would very appreciated.

Related Posts on HighlySensitivePerson.net:

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Aug 26 2014

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19. Best Careers for Highly Sensitive Introverts

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The previous episode was about the single best job for HSPs--working for yourself. Today's show is about more traditional jobs and careers, including what you should look for (and avoid as an HSP). What qualities of being highly sensitive are a benefit to certain jobs?

If you like the podcast, please say "thanks" by leaving a positive review on iTunes! (And if you don't like it, then please don't leave a review!)

Sign up for the weekly newsletter to be notified of the latest blog posts, podcast episodes, and HSP news.

Further reading on highlysensitiveperson.net:

Podcast music attribution: By the Coast (2004) (Antony Raijekov) / CC BY-NC 2.5

Nov 18 2014

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54. Crying

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HSPs cry easily.

HSPs cry all the time.

In this episode, I talk about my problem with the statements like the ones above, and whether or not HSPs really DO cry "a lot" or not.

 I also discuss the difference in crying in a ranking situation versus a linking situation (the concept comes from a great blog post by Dr. Elaine Aron.)

Mentioned on the show:

Related content on this blog:

Want to support the show? Become a Patron!

If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. Thank you to my newest patron, Jessica!!

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Nov 17 2015

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06: The Importance of Caring Less About Your Job

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Have you ever thought about quitting your job because you were overwhelmed? Throwing in the towel because you had too much to do, and couldn't get it all done?

Did you ever consider...caring less?

That's quite a radical concept for us HSPs. It goes against everything we feel. We're generally loyal, hard workers who care deeply about what we do. But our conscientiousness can bleed over into perfectionism, and when we can't meet our impossible standards, we'd sometimes rather quit than underperform.

In episode 6 of the HSP Podcast, I talk about how caring less can make your job more bearable and won't hurt you as much as you might think.

If you like the podcast, please leave a rating and review in iTunes or Stitcher! It would very appreciated.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Related Posts on HighlySensitivePerson.net:

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Sep 02 2014

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56. Best Jobs for HSPs (revisited)

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In the past, I've talked about what I thought were the best jobs for HSPs--and even the #1 best job (working for oneself). But over time, my thoughts on this have changed.

In today's show, I explain how the best job for HSPs....depends. On so many factors. I also cover some of the challenges of working for oneself, and the one question you can ask a potential employer to help decide of their company culture will be a good fit.

Resources mentioned on the show:

Other posts on this blog about jobs & careers:

Want to support the show? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Jan 03 2016

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15: Needing Control

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Episode 15 of the Highly Sensitive Person Podcast is about control. It wasn't until I started writing about all my HSP stuff that I realized so many of the things that bothered me were about a lack of control. From working in a cubicle, to a fear of flying, to drop-in tennis, I outline the sneaky ways needing control is in my life.

If you like the podcast, please say "thanks" by leaving a review on iTunes!

And sign up for the weekly newsletter to be notified of the latest blog posts, podcast episodes, and HSP news.       

Mentioned on this episode: What would Aristotle do? The fear of losing control

Further reading on highlysensitiveperson.net:

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Oct 21 2014

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18. The Best Job for an HSP Introvert

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Since HSPs are detail-oriented, and can be bothered by too much stimuli, there is one job that seems to make the most sense for us! Learn about it here in episode 18.

If you like the podcast, please say "thanks" by leaving a positive review on iTunes! (And if you don't like it, then please don't leave a review!)

Sign up for the weekly newsletter to be notified of the latest blog posts, podcast episodes, and HSP news.

Mentioned in the show: Resources for people who want to change their career / work for themselves online

Further reading on highlysensitiveperson.net:

Podcast music attribution: By the Coast (2004) (Antony Raijekov) / CC BY-NC 2.5

Nov 11 2014

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68. Self-realizations from a few years of knowing I'm an HSP

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Discovering the concept of high sensitivity and learning you are a Highly Sensitive Person can be a major life moment for some people.

It was for me!

Now that I've been living with this knowledge for a few years (and learning more all the time!), I reflected in this episode on some positive realizations I've had about myself since learning I'm an HSP.

Making this list felt really good; I hope it may serve as a prompt to consider your own experiences. How has your life changed since learning about HSPs?

Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. 

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Aug 18 2016

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14: So. Much. Empathy

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Episode 14 of the Highly Sensitive Person Podcast is about empathy, which is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another being. I talk about wondering if Muay Thai fighters are lonely or sad, and crying about the tragedies of people I don't think I have a right to be that sad about.

If you like the podcast, please say "thanks" by leaving a review on iTunes! And sign up for the weekly newsletter to be notified of the latest blog posts, podcast episodes, and HSP news.

Mentioned on this episode: Dr. Elaine Aron's empathy brain study

Further reading:

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Oct 14 2014

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07: Explaining HSP to Your Partner

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Now that you've learned about high sensitivity, you may feel like a weight has been lifted off you. You feel more accepting of yourself and realize you aren't alone. You aren't weird!

But how do you share this information with the most important person in your life? It can be hard to explain a concept like high sensitivity, especially to people who are skeptical (like my husband!)

In this Episode 7 of the HSP Podcast, I have an imaginary conversation with a partner, wife, husband, boyfriend, or girlfriend to try to explain HSP in an easily-digestible way.

If you like the podcast, please leave a rating and review in iTunes. It would very appreciated.

Related Posts on HighlySensitivePerson.net:

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Sep 09 2014

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36. Creativity

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Today's episode was inspired by this bit of Dr. Elaine Aron's writing: “All HSPs are creative, by definition. Many have squashed their creativity because of their low self-esteem; many more had it squashed for them, before they could ever know about it.” This quote really spoke to me. Maybe this episode will serve as a reminder to introduce a little more creativity in your life (if you need it).

Related posts on the highlysensitiveperson.net blog: Creativity & You & Me

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Big Announcement!

My first book is coming out soon! Sign up for my twice-monthly newsletter to find out when it goes live on Amazon.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Apr 08 2015

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Ep. 74: Podcast Update!

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It’s been a while since there was a new podcast episode! In this episode, I give a brief update on what’s going on with the show!

Apr 24 2017

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73. Dealing with houseguests

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A while ago, I received a listener request to do an episode about dealing with people staying at your house--houseguests. Here it is!

Dec 26 2016

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72. Interview with Susan Cain, author of Quiet

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When I started this podcast, my #1 dream guest was Susan Cain. So, I'm very happy to bring this episode to you today.

Susan's 2012 book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking was my first introduction to introversion. The book changed my life (and thousands of others worldwide) because it changed how I saw myself.

It was through learning about introversion that I learned about high sensitivity; I wouldn't be typing this to you today without her book as the inception.

More about Susan Cain:

Susan is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution, a site that features advice and stories for introverts and extroverts alike on how to appreciate our quiet sides. She is the author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages and been on the New York Times bestseller list for over four years. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 15 million times. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School.

Some of the topics covered in this episode include:

  • What it was like to be a Wall Street lawyer and an introvert
  • If she's an HSP
  • How Susan dealt with the huge popularity of her book and TED talk
  • The difference between HSPs and introverts
  • Her Quiet Leadership Institute
  • The introvert backlash
  • ....and more.

Susan's books:

You can also find her on Twitter.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Dec 07 2016

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71. The Highly Sensitive Podcaster with Andy Mort

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Today's episode features Andy Mort of the Gentle Rebel podcast (formerly known as the Sheep Dressed like Wolves podcast).

We talk about what it's like to be a Highly Sensitive Person and a podcaster. (He interviewed me on his show recently, too: listen here!)

Some of the topics covered in this episode include: receiving negative feedback, making money, and tips for people who want to start their own show.

You can get in touch with Andy on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and find his music here.

Looking for a Community for HSPs? Join The Haven!

As mentioned in this episode, Andy's HSP community, The Haven, is open for registration from Nov. 4-10, 2016.

The Haven is a private membership site completely dedicated to HSPs. There's two years of great content available--like high-quality videos, interviews, collaborative projects, and blog posts--which have been created specifically to help support, encourage, and inspire HSPs in a range of areas, and Andy's always coming out with new content, too.

My favorite part might be the safe and supportive Facebook community that's exclusive to members.

There is no obligation or commitment. It's just $1 to try it out for the first month and you can cancel anytime, so there's really no reason not to give it a try and see if it's for you!

Learn more about The Haven at highlysensitiveperson.net/haven.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Nov 04 2016

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70. Loneliness & the Importance of Relationships with Dr. Amy Banks

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Recently someone posted this question in the introvert subreddit on reddit: "How to deal with half wanting new friends and half wanting to be a hermit?"

I hear and read questions like this all the time from introverts and introverted HSPs. We cherish being alone, and then sometimes wonder if we can get along without worrying about having relationships. After all, relationships are time consuming, difficult, and can be painful.

But then we often realize that we cannot exist alone. It might seem easier to avoid relationships, but it is bad for our mental and physical health. Humans were built to need and thrive on connection with others.

A Vice.com interview with Amy Banks, PhD, titled, "An Expert Explains Why You Feel So Lonely All the Time" really piqued my interest in this topic. I loved Dr. Banks' scientific explanation of why having quality relationships is so important.

Dr. Banks was an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is now the Director of Advanced Training at Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. Her newest book is called Wired to Connect: The Surprising Link Between Brain Science and Strong, Healthy Relationships.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • The health impact of loneliness and disconnection
  • Why American society values the "do-it-alone" mindset so strongly
  • The dopamine reward system and relationships
  • Online bullying
  • How a boss or manager can use good relationships to improve the workplace
  • Connections with animals
  • And....communism?!? (Note: communism is discussed simply for the concept of community vs. individualism. We are not saying we want to live in a communist society!)

Amy recommends that those looking to improve their relationships first take her free Relational Assessment. You can get in touch with Amy on Twitter, Facebook, and check out her column on Psychology Today: Wired to Love Other books recommended by Dr. Banks in this episode:

Want to support the podcast?

If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. A special thank you to Gloria, the newest supporter!

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Oct 16 2016

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69. Curious about Meditation?

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This episode is for those who have never tried meditation, are curious about it, or who have tried it but felt like they didn't "get" it. Meditation has helped me a lot over the past year. There was a time when I didn't think I could do it. I didn't understand what meditation was and whether I was doing it "right". I hope to reach other people, like me, who didn't think meditation would work for them. I hope this will inspire you to give it another try, because it can be rewarding.

My favorite meditation apps:

Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. A special thank you to S.W., the newest supporter!

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Sep 17 2016

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68. Self-realizations from a few years of knowing I'm an HSP

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Discovering the concept of high sensitivity and learning you are a Highly Sensitive Person can be a major life moment for some people.

It was for me!

Now that I've been living with this knowledge for a few years (and learning more all the time!), I reflected in this episode on some positive realizations I've had about myself since learning I'm an HSP.

Making this list felt really good; I hope it may serve as a prompt to consider your own experiences. How has your life changed since learning about HSPs?

Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. 

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Aug 18 2016

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67. A view of HSPs from a non-HSP: interview with Al Motter

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Today's guest, Al Motter, is one of the hosts of the excellent Introvert Extrovert podcast. He's the "Introvert" out of the two hosts, but he doesn't have the trait of high sensitivity.

In this episode, Al talks about how he sometimes wishes he was more sensitive, and how a recent bout of medication gave him a few weeks of heightened sensitivity--resulting in some fascinating insights into our world. H

is perspective, as an outsider to the HSP world, can help HSPs see the larger picture: there ARE a lot of great things about being able to feel deeply!

He also talks about tutoring crying kids, why physically larger males are "allowed" to cry, and loving Benihana restaurant (which I hate).

Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. A special thank you to Rebecca Hilder, the newest supporter!

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Jul 20 2016

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66. The worst places on earth for HSPs

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Overstimulation. Noise, chaos, bright lights, smells, crowds. These are the highly sensitive person's kryptonite.

I've brainstormed a list of what I think are the worst places on earth for HSPs.

This episode is a little different than most—this isn’t advice, or a serious topic. It is sort of tongue-in-cheek, a little sarcastic, and even a bit silly. It’s more about pondering all the things that set off HSPs and then thinking which places have a lot of those things. So, disclaimer: don’t take this too seriously. Not everyone will agree with this list.

NEWS

1. In the next week or two, I'm doing a call-in show! You can call me on Skype and ask questions or just share your thoughts and comments on high sensitivity. Make sure you're on my twice-monthly mailing list to get the details and times. Visit highlysensitiveperson.net.

2. I'm creating an HSP Entrepreneur Mastermind group! This small, select group will be facilitated by me, and will meet virtually on a regular basis to share and get support for projects and businesses. Just subscribe to my newsletter to get all the details and find out how to sign up in the near future!

Jun 29 2016

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65. Narcissists & Highly Sensitive People

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Did you know that highly sensitive people and narcissists tend to be attracted to each other?

I've welcomed Nikki Eisenhauer onto the show today to discuss what a narcissist is and why HSPs can be drawn to people with narcissistic personality disorder.

I think it's important for HSPs to be aware of this topic so they can identify and deal with harmful relationships.

Nikki is an engaging guest and does a great job of explaining this topic in a digestible way. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), chemical dependency counselor (LCDC), yoga and meditation teacher, and possible budding comedian. In this episode, we talk about:

What is a narcissist vs. sociopath personality, The difference between anxiety and intuition, What it's like to be an HSP and a therapist, What most therapists don't know about HSPs, Why improv might be good for HSPs, and more!

Nikki specializes in trauma, grief and loss, addiction, and has come to understand what wounds, drives, and heals Highly Sensitive People. Her most recent passion project is Wise Owl Within, where she offers Sensitive and Healers support, evolution, and the life they desire. Get in touch with her on Facebook and Twitter!

Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. http://www.patreon.com/hsp

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Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Jun 10 2016

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64: Oliver Burkeman on Happiness & Negative Thinking

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I'm thrilled to have on the podcast Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking.

Oliver is a writer for The Guardian. In his column titled, "This column will change your life", he explores ideas around social psychology, self-help culture, productivity, and the science of happiness.

The Antidote was one of those books that came at the right time in my life. I was struggling with insomnia, brought on by anxiety....brought on by feeling like I wasn't achieving enough every day. This book helped me feel a lot more at peace about the "glass half empty" personality I've always had. It explains powerful concepts from Buddhism, Stoicism, Eckhart Tolle, Alan Watts (and more) in his entertaining, accessible, and lovely writing style.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Why traditional "positive thinking" doesn't work,
  • The downside of goal-setting,
  • Embracing uncertainty,
  • Meditation,
  • Whether thinking too much makes you depressed,
  • The answers he's still looking for,
  • and more!

You can find Oliver on his website and Twitter (let him know you liked this interview!) And of course, you should buy his wonderful book. Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. Sign up for my twice-monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on new podcast episodes, blog posts, and HSP news.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

May 12 2016

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63: "I feel like I'm drowning, like I'm never caught up"

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Two acquaintances in the same week made similar comments to me out of nowhere: that they felt behind, like they weren't getting enough done in their work and businesses. It made me sad to hear that they were struggling and not feeling good about themselves.

I can totally relate to the feeling of underachievement. I felt inspired to try to help those of us who can never live up to our own expectations. In this episode, I talk about:

  • How we compare ourselves to others on social media, even though we know it's not reality.
  • How happiness can only be now--not the future.
  • Never being content; always wanting "the other thing".
  • How we should stop saying "I should...."
  • ....And stop beating ourselves up.

Mentioned in this episode: Join The Haven, a community for HSPs. Registration is only available until April 28! It's only $1 for the first month and you can cancel anytime. Go to: highlysensitiveperson.net/haven

Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Apr 25 2016

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62. Six Hidden Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive

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In episode 59, I started a 3-episode series about the positive aspects of being a Highly Sensitive Person. I talked about people who are celebrated for their sensitivity, like artists and musicians.

In today's show, I'm discussing what I think are 6 not-so-well-known benefits of being highly sensitive. We've all heard that HSPs have lots of empathy and are good listeners and connect with animals and stuff like that, but I tried to find some benefits that were a bit more hidden.

Take a listen to find out what they are!

(The third--upcoming--episode in this series will be about benefits in the professional workplace (jobs, career, etc) for HSPs.)

Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works.

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Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Apr 14 2016

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61: Amy Morin and Building Mental Strength

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A popular misconception about Highly Sensitive people--to those who aren’t very familiar with the trait--is that HSPs are always emotionally fragile and not mentally strong.

But this isn't true. You CAN be mentally strong and an HSP--it's all about your coping skills. That’s why I’m excited to share with you Episode 61's guest, Amy Morin, who is an expert on mental strength. Amy is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, professor, a TED talk speaker, and published author. In 2013, her post 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, went viral, and ended up being published into a bestselling book and translated into 20 languages. Her post was the most read article of all time on Forbes.com.

I was moved by her story and the challenges she’s dealt with in her life, and how she’s found a way to thrive and become an authority on helping others learn how to better cope. In this episode, Amy talks about:

  • The most common thing mentally strong people don't do
  • How to build mental strength
  • Why seeing a therapist can help, even if you go just once
  • What therapists think about Highly Sensitive People
  • How to stop dwelling on the past
  • How to deal with anticipatory grief

Learn more about Amy Morin:

Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works.

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Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Mar 28 2016

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60: The Extroverted Highly Sensitive Man: An Interview with Johnny Martinez

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The Highly Sensitive Podcast is for people with Sensory Processing Sensitivity--or those who want to better understand HSPs. In this show, I share personal stories, tips, rants, and occasionally interviews with interesting HSPs.

Today's episode is a special treat! I've got an interview with an extroverted, highly sensitive, man. He's also a comedian and software engineer. It's Johnny Martinez of the Introvert Extrovert Podcast. In this episode, Johnny talks about:

  • How being highly sensitive can help you crush job interviews
  • Having a parent who is very not highly sensitive
  • The benefits of being an extroverted HSP as a software engineer
  • How comedy can be a defense mechanism
  • Having a panic attack on stage!
  • Ways to practice self-care as an HSP (mind, body, environment).

This episode is almost an hour long, but it's worth it for Johnny's insight and interesting stories. Find Johnny and his podcast:

Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works at patreon.com/hsp

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Mar 14 2016

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59: People who are celebrated for their sensitivity

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I realized recently that I haven't done an episode (in detail) about the benefits of high sensitivity.

HSPs are meant to be here. We have a role to play in this world.

I plan to do a few episodes about this topic--since there is so much to cover--but this specific show is about the people who are celebrated for their sensitivity. That's right--those who are successful and respected due in part to their sensitive nature and what they bring to the world.

Want to support the podcast? Become a Patron! 

If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works.

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Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Mar 02 2016

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58: What is an Empath? With Caroline of The Happy Sensitive

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I've heard the word "empath" a lot, but didn't truly understand what it meant. I thought it maybe simply referred to people who experienced a lot of empathy....? But that didn't seem right. When searching for a simple explanation about empaths, I came up empty, until I found this great article on Caroline's website, The Happy Sensitive. It was then I knew that I just had to get Caroline on the podcast to help explain empaths!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is and isn't an empath
  • The struggles and benefits of being an empath
  • The difference between an empath, trained empath, and clair-sentient
  • Energy and spiritual levels versus practical, psychological level

Want to support the podcast?

If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works.

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Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Feb 13 2016

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57. Interview with teen HSP, Daisy Gumin

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Meet Daisy Gumin. She's an 18-year-old Highly Sensitive Person and introvert.

She and her mother went through a harrowing year and a half of trying to figure out what was "wrong" with Daisy. She had been displaying destructive, angry, depressive, and self-harming behavior. She went through lots of therapy, medications, hospitalizations, attended a therapeutic boarding school, and even a wilderness therapy program (she was taken there in the middle of the night without knowing where she was going!) Throughout this time, she was diagnosed with ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and more.

After all that, she and her mother discovered Dr. Elaine Aron's book, The Highly Sensitive Person, and suddenly everything made sense. After so many misdiagnoses, they had found the key to understanding Daisy. She was highly sensitive. After that, the healing began. 

Want to support the show?

If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? It makes a huge difference. Just go to patreon.com/hsp.

Thank you to AB Film Review for becoming a Patreon!

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Feb 01 2016

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56. Best Jobs for HSPs (revisited)

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In the past, I've talked about what I thought were the best jobs for HSPs--and even the #1 best job (working for oneself). But over time, my thoughts on this have changed.

In today's show, I explain how the best job for HSPs....depends. On so many factors. I also cover some of the challenges of working for oneself, and the one question you can ask a potential employer to help decide of their company culture will be a good fit.

Resources mentioned on the show:

Other posts on this blog about jobs & careers:

Want to support the show? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Jan 03 2016

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55. Easily Grossed Out

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In this episode, I share stories about things that have grossed me out--a cow lung, pinning insects, and dissecting pigs. I also discuss how HSPs might get "grossed out" more than people without the trait--touching on the vasovagel response.

Mentioned on the show:

The blog post version of this post: 

Want to support the show?

If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. Thank you to my newest patron, Lindsay Marie!

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Dec 18 2015

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