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The Highly Sensitive Person Podcast

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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50. How to stop wanting to escape your job

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 

25 Aug 2015

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65. Narcissists & Highly Sensitive People

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 

10 Jun 2016

Rank #2

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12: Beauty Threshold

Highly sensitive people are often deeply moved by beauty in art and nature. This is a pretty cool aspect of being an HSP. In Episode 12 of the Highly Sensitive Person Podcast, I talk about interesting stuff like Stedhal Syndrome and the beauty threshold. If you like the show, please say "thanks" by leaving a review on iTunes! And sign up for the weekly newsletter to stay on top of the latest blog posts and HSP news.        Related Posts on Highlysensitiveperson.net: Perfection in Nature: Let’s Talk about “Beauty Threshold” Overwhelmed by Beauty Podcast music attribution: By the Coast (2004) (Antony Raijekov) / CC BY-NC 2.5

2 Oct 2014

Rank #3

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05: Having Plans Weighs on Me

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: Having Plans Weighs on Me All Day Deadlines, Schedules, and Commitment Stress Me Out Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

26 Aug 2014

Rank #4

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04: Rant Against Office Cubicles

This episode is a rant. I want you to understand that before you listen. If you don't like complaining, you might want to skip it. In episode #4, I talk about my personal experience working in a cubicle in an office for over 1o years and my battle against the following enemies: noise, a stinky office kitchen, bright lights, a painful chair, a lack of control Formidable foes all, but no match for the ultimate solution: quitting and working from home. If you like the podcast, please leave a rating and review on iTunes or Stitcher! It would very appreciated. Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

19 Aug 2014

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01: What is a Highly Sensitive Person?

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

7 Aug 2014

Rank #6

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37. Self-criticism

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

21 Apr 2015

Rank #7

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

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. SingerRelated posts on highlysensitiveperson.net: Podcast Episode #23: Kindred Spirits & Friendship People Pleasers: "I don't want to bother you..." 7 Tips for Coping with the Challenges of Being Highly Sensitive (blog post) Podcast music attribution: By the Coast (2004) (Antony Raijekov) / CC BY-NC 2.5

30 Dec 2014

Rank #8

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

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. 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 

13 Feb 2016

Rank #9

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38. Handling Criticism

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

29 Apr 2015

Rank #10

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64: Oliver Burkeman on Happiness & Negative Thinking

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

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12 May 2016

Rank #11

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36. Creativity

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: The blog post I mention about creativity from Dr. Elaine Aron Douglas Eby's book Highly Sensitive & CreativeBig 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

8 Apr 2015

Rank #12

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23. Kindred Spirits & Friendship

Pontificating on Friendship"Kindred Spirits" are intimate friends, people with whom you are comfortable being your true self. HSPs are often on the hunt for kindred spirits, especially at parties, gatherings, or networking events. Having a deep, intense, shared connection with someone else is essential to meeting the emotional needs of sensitive people. In this episode 23, I also talk about Anne of Green Gables, Susan Cain (as per usual), and why it's ok to let go of friends you don't truly connect with. 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: The Susan Cain & Marie Forleo interview. (The "kindred spirit" part is around 13:00)Related posts on highlysensitiveperson.net: How to meet other Highly Sensitive People Finding the Stasis of Peace 2014 Gift Guide for Highly Sensitive People & Introverts Podcast music attribution: By the Coast (2004) (Antony Raijekov) / CC BY-NC 2.5

16 Dec 2014

Rank #13

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45. Are you a People Pleaser

“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: How to stop being a people pleaser from Oprah.com Dr. Elaine Aron on sensitivity to criticismDo 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 

17 Jun 2015

Rank #14

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26. Caffeine

In this episode 26, I talk about how and why HSPs are more sensitive to caffeine than others. I also touch on the effects of other drugs as well as a possible connection to Mitral Valve Prolapse and HSP. I know--crazy. 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: Dr. Elaine Aron "Coping Corner: Strengthening Your Decisions Through "Cardiac Exercise" Caffeine and Anxiety from stressbusting.co.uk Caffeine and shaking hands from Livestrong Mitral valve prolapse informationRelated posts on highlysensitiveperson.net: A connection between caffeine, Mitral Valve Prolapse, and high sensitivity? Sensitive to Caffeine: It’s my Kryptonite Podcast music attribution: By the Coast (2004) (Antony Raijekov) / CC BY-NC 2.5

13 Jan 2015

Rank #15

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

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 

18 Aug 2016

Rank #16

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62. Six Hidden Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive

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. 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 

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14 Apr 2016

Rank #17

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29. Extroverted HSPs

One glaring topic I have neglected to cover in this podcast and blog is extroverts. Approximately 30% of HSPs are extroverts! (btw, it can also be spelled extravert). In this episode, I share some tidbits I've learned from interviewing extroverted HSPs, including the challenges and differences of being the wonderful way they are. 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: Elaine Aron on Psychologytoday.com Podcast music attribution: By the Coast (2004) (Antony Raijekov) / CC BY-NC 2.5

4 Feb 2015

Rank #18

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19. Best Careers for Highly Sensitive Introverts

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: Resources for people who want to change their career / work for themselves online HSP Podcast #06: The Importance of Caring Less at Your Job Jobs and Careers for HSPs Here’s the best job for a highly sensitive person All the Battles I Fought When I Worked in a Cubicle Podcast music attribution: By the Coast (2004) (Antony Raijekov) / CC BY-NC 2.5

18 Nov 2014

Rank #19

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61: Amy Morin and Building Mental Strength

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: Her book: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success Check out Amy's ecourse: Mental Strength: Mastering The 3 Core Factors Website: amymorin.com Twitter: @AmyMorinLCSW 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 

28 Mar 2016

Rank #20