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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Dimitrion, LCSW, CST

The Highly Sensitive Person: A Book Review



The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron is a groundbreaking book that provides an insightful and comprehensive exploration of what it means to be highly sensitive. Dr. Aron's research and personal experience as a highly sensitive person herself have led her to develop a framework for understanding this trait and the challenges that come with it.

The book is divided into three parts, with the first section providing an introduction to the concept of high sensitivity and how it differs from introversion, shyness, and other personality traits. Dr. Aron also discusses the biological basis of high sensitivity and how it affects the way highly sensitive people process information and interact with the world.


The second section delves into the challenges faced by highly sensitive people in various areas of life, such as relationships, work, and social situations. Dr. Aron offers practical advice and coping strategies for managing these challenges, while also emphasizing the unique strengths and gifts that highly sensitive people possess.


The final section of the book focuses on personal growth and self-acceptance. Dr. Aron encourages readers to embrace their sensitivity and find ways to use it as a source of creativity, intuition, and compassion. She also provides guidance for developing a self-care routine that supports emotional and physical well-being.


One of the strengths of this book is its accessibility. Dr. Aron writes in a clear and engaging style that is easy to understand, even for readers who are not familiar with psychology or neuroscience. She also includes numerous case studies and personal anecdotes that illustrate the experiences of highly sensitive people and how they have overcome challenges.


Overall, The Highly Sensitive Person is an essential read for anyone who wants to better understand themselves or a loved one who is highly sensitive. Dr. Aron's compassionate and knowledgeable approach to the topic makes this book a valuable resource for personal growth and self-discovery

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