The Gold Coast Highly Sensitive Person Meetup group is for anyone with an interest in the trait of high sensitivity as defined by Dr Elaine Aron, Clinical Psychologist. For more information on HSP go to Elaine Aron's website: www.hsperson.com
Founded by Janine Ramsey, Highly Sensitive Person HSP, and international educator on the trait of high sensitivity, the GCHSP Meetup group provides information and friendship for those with the trait, as well as for interested non-HSP friends. We share personal experiences, skills and strategies for living well as HSPs in a world that in general does not tend to value highly sensitive people. The group is currently run by Mark Weblin, a qualified philosopher and counsellor. Mark runs many other meet-ups including 'Philosophy in Paradise' and 'Gold Coast Movie Review Meetup'.
We draw on the work of Dr Elaine Aron, Dr Tedd Zeff, Dr Barrie Jaegar and others in the field to share knowledge about the trait and to foster a sense of well being and belonging within HSPs. Some general facts about HSP's are:
About 20% of the general population is Highly Sensitive
The trait exists in many species apart from humans
About 20% of HSP’s are High Sensation Seekers (HSS). That is, they are 'safe' risk takers. In the words of Elaine Aron: “HSP/HSSs have a strong desire for novelty and the "good stuff" in life, but are not willing to take high risks to get these.” See: http://www.hsperson.com/pages/1May06.htm
About 20% of HSP's are extroverts. Some HSP's are both HSS and Extroverts!
There is a strong connection between HSP and creativity
If you would like to know if you are HSP, you can go to http://www.hsperson.com/test/highly-sensitive-test/ and take the self test. It is probably best if you just do the test without reading the scoring scale at the end of the document first. The 'self test' is an imperfect method and if you do not score as a HSP on this test, you may still be HSP anyway.
If you would like a general research introduction to HSP's you can go to the following link: http://www.hsperson.com/research/summaries-of-research-easy-reads/ Wikipedia also has an entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highly_sensitive_person
The Gold Coast library has several books by Elaine Aron including: 'The highly sensitive person', 'The highly sensitive person in love', 'The highly sensitive child', and 'The undervalued self'. These are all highly recommended.