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 greater Seattle area HSPs connect with each other for 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.
Although the idea of "a group" may sound daunting to an HSP (after all, about 75% of 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..."
This group was named "Seattle and Puget Sound" in the hope of not only reaching as many HSPs in a wider area as possible, but also in the hope of making meetup venues somewhat "mobile," so they might be in Olympia one time, Bellevue next time, Everett another time, maybe even beyond. This will allow the group to be close to SOMEone at some point, while encouraging others to "get out" and go on a bit of a "field trip." If things go well, maybe we'll eventually be able to coordinate "joint events" with our sister HSP meetup groups across the Sound on the Olympic Peninsula and to the south, in Portland.
It is our hope that this group be about connection, fellowship and friendship with other members of our "tribe." For any number of reasons, many HSPs say they often feel socially isolated, and we'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 Seattle HSP group is in its "formative" stage, and we're just now hosting our first few meetups. As more members join and we get a better sense of what people are interested in, we expect a variety of events to become part of our schedule.