The main aim of this group is to create a community for people who would describe themselves as highly sensitive persons (HSPs) and to organise "HSP social events". However, an equally important aim is to facilitate open analytical discussions about psychology and self-help centred around real examples of struggles and dilemmas including those which are most relevant to our members.
COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES >
I would like everyone who attends this group to feel welcome and also a little supported. The best way we can do this is to embrace the practice known as "loving speech". Since we are very interested in having discussions, it goes without saying that you are allowed to fully disagree with what anyone says but please always try to disagree in the nicest possible way...
This means avoiding any communication that sounds harsh, shaming, coldly sarcastic, arrogantly condescending, dismissive, aggressively self-righteous or antagonistic. It's okay to get it wrong, what matters is striving to get it right.
There may be a temptation to judge someone by one one thing they say, one mistake they made or one thing which we know about them but we can never really know what they are going through. There is often a lot going on deep beneath the surface of what we know is going on. Yet with our speech we always have a chance to make the world a slightly kinder place.
DISCUSSIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY >
In our discussions, we would typically begin with an example of an everyday challenging psychological issue or situation and then different members would offer constructive ideas and theories about how to deal with that issue based on their own reading and experience.
You do not need any qualifications to attend but it's recommended that anyone who takes part in the discussions will have read a few personally inspiring books on psychology or self-help. We would encourage every member to develop a kind of "mini specialism".
For example, if you like CBT then you might aim to read at least 3 good books on different aspects of CBT so that you can offer the "CBT perspective" in discussions. Or if you prefer Jung then you might read 3 good books on Jungian psychology and so on.
The aim is to keep the discussions open to lots of different ideas and approaches. We also want to create a friendly and encouraging atmosphere which is welcoming and supportive to beginners and professionals alike. Examples of different approaches might include:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Psychodynamic / Psychoanalytic therapy
Transactional Analytic Therapy
Within these approaches you might focus on a specific psychologist such as Viktor Frankl or Carl Rogers. Alternatively, you may also focus on a self-help author such as Brene Brown, Pema Chodron, Louise Hay or Eckhart Tolle. Authors dealing with the gifts and challenges of high sensitivity include Elaine Aaron, Judith Orloff and Imi Lo (Imi is my favourite) amongst others. And of course we also welcome your own personal insights into life and the human mind.