Welcome to the Port Townsend & Olympic Peninsula HSP Group!
If you are reading this page, you probably already know what a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is, and you probably are one. But just in case, "HSP" is a concept explained by Dr. Elaine Aron in her 1996 book "The Highly Sensitive Person." If you identify as a Myers-Briggs INFJ or INFP, an empath, an Indigo or an "intuitive" there's a very good chance you're also an HSP. If you'd like to learn more, we highly recommend that you visit her web site and take her sensitivity self-test. This extensive online article about the trait might also offer you some insight
This group was created to help Port Townsend, Olympic Peninsula, Kitsap Peninsula and Whidbey Island HSPs connect with each other in friendship and support. As the former organizer of an HSP meetup in Austin, TX-- as well as a past attendee of many of the large "HSP Gatherings" around the country, I cannot say enough positive things about the importance of HSPs connecting and making friends with their peers.
Why a second group in this region? This is an alternative for those who don't always feel up to making the trek "across the water" to participate in the meetings of our "Big Sister" HSP group in Seattle. However, we DO share members across the two groups, and there's nothing wrong with being part of BOTH, if you like.
Please note that we typically meet in Port Townsend, but we welcome members from all areas west of the Puget Sound, as well as Whidbey Island... and beyond, as long as you don't mind the drive!
Although the idea of "a group" may sound daunting to an HSP (after all, most HSPs are INTROVERTS), the benefits of spending time with others who "get it" FAR outweigh the "scary moments" that go with thinking "I'm not sure I can handle being in a group..."
It is my hope that this group be about connection, fellowship and friendship with other members of our "tribe." For any number of reasons, many HSPs tell me they often feel socially isolated, and I'd like to help offer a "safe venue" to overcome that. Please understand that this is a social and friendship group, not a therapy or mental health support group.
Right now, the group remains in its "formative" stages. Once sufficient numbers of people have indicated firm interest in getting together, we'll take up discussion about the how, where, when, and what of the meetings, themselves.