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We are over 400 people joined by the high sensitive trait.  In the research literature this trait is called sensory processing sensitivity.  We, as HSP's, experience and process the world differently than 80% of the population.  We have sensitive nervous systems which take in more information and process information more thoroughly.  Wondering if you are highly sensitive?  Take this self test, researched and validated by Elaine Aron, the founding mother of the HSP trait.  Or read this overview of the trait: "Highly Sensitive People, Bet You Know One"  Or watch the new documentary "Sensitive: The Untold Story" ($4.99 to rent, $9.99 to purchase):  HERE.

Are you new to recognizing yourself as a highly sensitive person?  READ MORE HERE

Do you feel that your experience is different than others?  READ MORE HERE

Our group was founded in 2008 by Scott.  Through Scott and this meet-up group, many people have come to appreciate being highly sensitive.  The group is designed for people with the highly sensitive trait.  If you are highly sensitive and also have a diagnosis, condition or untreated illness, this group is not a good fit for you.  This group works best for those with the highly sensitive trait alone.   Here are our Standards of Presence for the group:

Currently, I am sponsoring a meet-up every two or three weeks in Silver Spring (size limited to 10 people, no non-member guests).  I encourage all members to consider sponsoring a meet-up in your area!

Not sure who has sponsored an HSP meet-up that you are reading about?  Look to see if the event has an "organizer".  If not listed, then the first person that is signed up, is the organizer for this particular meet-up.

Any member can plan and sponsor a group meet-up.  Just click on the Schedule a meet-up button.  Our HSP webpage will list your meet-up as a suggested meet-up and say that it will be posted when three people RSVP Yes.  If I notice it, and you have included all the necessary details, then I will go ahead and post it with only one.  If you are missing critical details, I'll contact you so that you can edit your meet-up to include all necessary information.  Remember that past group meet-ups have been small (largest was 5) (update - one group had 16!) and don't be disappointed if only one or two people respond!

You can also post new discussions or reply to an existing discussion.  Another great way to connect is my facebook page for hsp's or twitter.

I myself have worked with highly sensitive people for over 20 years.  I offer personal growth support for HSP's.  I provide support to HSPs through this open meet-up group, individual sessions, workshops and in-depth groups.  I have put together many resources for HSP's and would like to share those with you, HSP Resources.  I also send out a monthly newsletter, HSPower, which gives you a free source of empowering ideas for highly sensitive people. HSP's everywhere are awakening to this special trait and there are free newsletters, magazines, e-zines, books, blogs and videos!  Get connected!

Love and light,

Mary Kay

PS Please e-mail me ( if a member makes you feel unsafe.  We want this to be a safe place to meet other HSP's.

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  • Sunday, November 29, 2015 4:00 PM

    HSPs and shame resilience

    10 Highly Sensitive People attending
Founded Nov 1, 2008

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