Do you ever....

- Find yourself needing more down time during you day, especially to process stressful events?

- Tend to be aware of subtleties in your environment? Make it a point to avoid violent movies and TV shows?

- Have a rich, complex inner life, with a keen imagination and vivid dreams?

- Find yourself effected by other people's moods?

- Tend to be deeply moved by the arts or music?

- Find yourself greatly soothed by being in nature or near water?

- Easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells and coarse fabrics?

- Get overwhelmed when you have a lot to do within a short amount of time and need to take breaks to get re-centered?

- Tend to need more sleep than the average person?

- Grow tired of others telling you that you are "too sensitive" or "shy"?

- Have difficulty when you must compete a task or perform that you become shaky or nervous and therefore do much worse then you otherwise would?

 

If you answered yes to some of these questions, you are probably a Highly Sensitive Person ,(HSP). however, you are far from being alone. Approximately 15-20% of the human population are thought to have a more finely tuned nervous system. This in turn, causes us to be more susceptible to environmental stimuli, whether that stimuli is positive or negative. The more positive the environment, the more we thrive; the more negative the environment, the more we suffer. Thus the HSP trait can be a blessing and a challenge, depending upon the environments in which we find ourselves , and depending upon how we have learned to cope in those environments.

Being a highly sensitive person does not mean you are weak. It merely means you run at a different frequency then others. This is not a bad thing. Many great talented people of the world were/ are highly sensitive:. Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Glen Close, Eddie Murphy, Nicole Kidman, Jim Carey, Steve Martin, Deepak Chopra, Emily Dickinson , Mark Twaine, Eleanor Roosevelt, to name a few of some of the long list of well known people.

In this group, facilitated by Kaitlyn and Brandon, we will discuss solutions that,hopefully, will result in our feeling supported and empowered!

A bit about the facilitators...

Kaitlyn:

Hello, everyone! I am a senior citizen, and as long as I can remember, I've always felt "different" from others. I grew-up shy, sensitive, and quiet, but I was angry inside, as I felt misunderstood most of the time. It was painful. The message I received from parents, other family members, teachers, some friends was that I thought too much about things, worried too much about things, and was just too sensitive overall. It wasn't until about 12 years ago that a therapist led me to Elaine Aron's book: The Highly Sensitive Person:How To Thrive In A World That Overwhelms You" that I felt less alone. I was relieved to read there are many many people all over the world with the highly sensitive trait. I also, over time, realized both of my children, one of whom is Brandon, are highly sensitive, and I have a grandson who is also. This trait, I have read, is inherited.

I see the value of receiving support from others in a focused and safe group setting, and meeting at least once a month to share our innermost struggles and delights in being highly sensitive. I believe we can share, care, learn, and grow from each other. I am hoping there are many others in our area who feel the same way.

 

Brandon:

Hello! Well, as you know Kaitlyn in my Mother. I am so grateful that she introduced me to the resources of being an hsp. I, too, had always felt "different", and it often felt really confusing throughout my life. Learning more about this trait provided me great insight along with some valuable tools. I am still learning, as we all are, in any area of our lives. It is my desire through this group that other individuals are able to come forth, share, and leave feeling empowered.

* Men and women are both welcome

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