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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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huge discovery

By yellow astro - Sep 13 2019
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i came across this podcast randomly; it was on my recommended. i didn’t know HSP was a real thing until i began to binge listen to all the episodes and do some research of my own. thank you for all the knowledge and huge discovery i made about myself. i hope this podcast makes a comeback one day.

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Love this. Helped me immensely. Smart.

iTunes Ratings

427 Ratings
Average Ratings
386
27
4
8
2

huge discovery

By yellow astro - Sep 13 2019
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i came across this podcast randomly; it was on my recommended. i didn’t know HSP was a real thing until i began to binge listen to all the episodes and do some research of my own. thank you for all the knowledge and huge discovery i made about myself. i hope this podcast makes a comeback one day.

Astute

By Ratttters113123123123👊👊 - Apr 02 2019
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Love this. Helped me immensely. Smart.
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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!

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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.

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 

Feb 13 2016
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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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:

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

Aug 26 2014
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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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:

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Sep 02 2014
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Rank #13: 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!)

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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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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:

Podcast music attribution: By the Coast (2004) (Antony Raijekov) / CC BY-NC 2.5
Oct 21 2014
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Rank #16: 26. Caffeine

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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:
Related posts on highlysensitiveperson.net:

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

Jan 13 2015
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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 23. Kindred Spirits & Friendship

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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:

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

Dec 16 2014
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