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A warm, accepting, and encouraging space where Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP) (women) can share challenges, what we’ve found helpful, and meet new friends.

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High sensitivity (Sensory Processing Sensitivity) is a scientifically recognized biological trait inherited by approximately 15% of the population. Life can be challenging for us HSPs, but my experience is that relating with others who “get you” can be both validating and healing. Please take this quick HSP self-assessment http://hsperson.com/test/highly-sensitive-test/ and join us in understanding and valuing our HSP traits.

Elaine Aron, who coined the term “Highly Sensitive Person,” uses the acronym DOES to describe the trait.

D = Depth of processing (we reflect on and think deeply about things)

O = easily Overstimulated (usually from too much sensory input – crowds, noise, artificial smells, etc.)

E = Emotionally reactive and empathic (we feel deeply and we sometimes feel what others are feeling)

S = Sensitive to subtle stimuli (we notice more in our environments than the average person)

Although we are different, and sometimes people don’t get us, our sensitivity offers many advantages. We tend to be more conscientious, able to come up with new ideas and interesting perspectives, good at solving problems, deeply appreciative of the arts and/or music, creative, intuitive, empathetic, and gifted.

Here ( http://hubpages.com/health/hsp-2 ) is a great article explaining the trait from one HSP's perspective.

Here ( http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/are-you-highly-sensitive-person-what-you-need-know-about-science-personality-type ) is another great article explaining the science behind the trait.

Here ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXorHg3Bk8Y ) is a short video explaining the trait.

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