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Inside the Revolutionary Treatment That Could Change Psychotherapy Forever

This long-ish read (approx. 30 minutes) is well worth your time. It gives a good description of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy model including a case study example. The IFS model has been (and continues to be) transformative in my own life and I highly recommend it. IFS therapy is upending the thinking around schizophrenia, depression, OCD, and more

Remember to Pencil Your Sensitivity In - Sensitive Evolution

Remember to pencil in your sensitivity...
From Jason Freeman on Sensitive Evolution - Self Actualization For Gentle Souls

"WELL, let me finish, because you may have overlooked a keyword: EVERYTHING. I don’t only factor in the wants that I aim to accomplish, I pencil in my want nots, those typical distractions that I know might draw my attention away from accomplishing my weekly goals, the emotions I might struggle to dismiss, the ones that may begin to drag me off course. I add my worries and the bright shiny objects that call me away from my intentions." Sensitive people's capacity for nuances has an important downside: distraction. Jason Freeman explores lists as a remedy in this article.

5 Ways to Let Someone Down Easy

Because many HSPs are empathetic and aware of other peoples' feelings, it can be challenging for them to say "no" to social requests. The tips in this blog post have been written to help decline romantic requests, but they can easily be applied to saying "no" in other contexts. How to soften the blow of rejection when declining unwanted requests.

Of the many men who I am, whom we are,
I cannot settle on a single one.
They are lost to me under the cover of clothing
They have departed for another city.
When everything seems to be set
to show me off as a man of intelligence,
the fool I keep concealed in my person
takes over my talk and occupies my mouth.
On other occasions, I am dozing in the midst
of people of some distinction,
and when I summon my courageous self,
a coward completely unknown to me
swaddles my poor skeleton
in a thousand tiny reservations.
When a stately home bursts into flames,
instead of the fireman I summon,
an arsonist bursts on the scene,
and he is I. There is nothing I can do.
What must I do to single out myself?
How can I put myself together?
All the books I read
lionize dazzling hero figures,
always brimming with self-assurance.
I die with envy of them;
and, in films where bullets fly on the wind,
I am left in envy of the cowboys,
left admiring even the horses.
But when I call upon my dashing being,
out comes the same old lazy self,
and so I never know just who I am,
nor how many I am, nor who we will be being.
I would like to be able to touch a bell
and call up my real self, the truly me,
because if I really need my proper self,
I must not allow myself to disappear.

We are many ~ Pablo Neruda

[12/11/20]   I might just use this in my own email signature -- seems perfect for HSPs 😊

Townlife Magazine

Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful

"Maddaus’ approach involves radical acceptance. “It’s a sh*tty time, it’s hard,” he says. “You have to accept that in your bones and be okay with this as a tough day, with ‘that’s the way it is,’ and accept that as a baseline.”
But that acceptance doesn’t mean giving up, he says. It means not resisting or fighting reality so that you can apply your energy elsewhere. “It allows you to step into a more spacious mental space that allows you to do things that are constructive instead of being mired in a state of psychological self torment.” Here’s how to pull yourself out of despair and live your life

#Sensitivity is associated with enhanced activation of #brainregions implicated in #awareness, #memory, and #empathy. However, this comes with a cost such as #greaterrisk for over-arousal and #overstimulation. Preliminary evidence suggests that for #highlysensitive individuals “rest” may be especially critical for information integration and return to a well-balanced state. Read our new blog by Dr Bianca Acevedo to find out more: #psychologicalresearch #brainresearch #highlysensitive #hsp #highlysensitivepeople #EnvinromentalSensitivity #highlysensitivebrain

What is Assertive Communication? 10 Real-Life Examples

This article describes what it means to be assertive, why it is so important, and how to enhance it. Ultimately, by increasing this valuable communication skill, more respectful, equitable, and fulfilling relationships may be realized. We describe what it means to be assertive, why it is important, and how to enhance it to realize more respectful, equitable, and fulfilling relationships.

Neuroscience reveals 3 steps to break bad habits for good

Using an 'Internal Family Systems' Therapy approach can help you break bad habits Bad habits. We all have them, and they all suck. If we could, we would amputate them from our bodies, toss them into a dumpster, and hope we never have to see them again. Why? Because bad habits can ruin our lives. They eat up our time, take us away from our more important goals […] More

The coronavirus pandemic is testing — and building — our resilience

In this article, some guidance to help us build resilience:
1. Reframe threats as challenges
2. Be mindful of how you respond to stress
3. Step out of your comfort zone
4. Build close connections
5. Look for silver linings The pandemic is an opportunity for building resilience, experts say. But why are some people better able to bounce back from stress and adversity than others, and how can we cultivate resilience in ourselves?

What Is Intuition and Why Is It Important? 5 Examples

What is intuition, and why is it important? We look at the lightning-fast, mostly hidden processes involved in intuition, their effect on decision making, and their role in creativity.

Making Decisions as a Highly Sensitive Person — Kindman & Co. | Individual & Couples Therapy Highland Park | Kindman & Co.

Whether HSP or not, we can all benefit from turning inward, enhancing our sensitivity, and practising moments of pause. For Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) one of the big challenges is navigating decision making and embracing change. Because we can easily get overwhelmed or tend to overthink things, making decisions can be a lengthy process. Read on for tips to make it easier and value how your sensitivity acts as a

Adam Jon Baritone

There's more to say after "R U OK?" Keep the conversation going...

A conversation could change a life.

Thinking of all of those affected by covid-19 this year and especially to my friends in the arts and entertainment industries.

Is your gut instinct saying someone might not be doing so well? Perhaps they're just not themselves and you've noticed a change in what they're saying or doing? You've got what it takes to ask "are you ok?" and make a difference.

When someone's struggling with life there might be signs in what they're saying, doing or what's going on in their life. Learn what to look out for in your friends and family that could indicate it's time to start a conversation.

R U OK?Day (Thursday 10 September 2020) is the biggest, best and brightest day of the year. Why? Because it's an opportunity for family, friends and workmates to connect, start a conversation and make a promise to be there for each other more often.

To help us make a difference, we need your help to champion the message in your workplace, school and community. You don't have to do it alone because we've some amazing resources you can use.

Register your event and we'll send you ideas, tips, posters and more to help host a great event, as well as share the message in a meaningful way. We also have tips to help you fundraise.

HELP US INSPIRE MORE AUSSIES The best thing you can do is start a conversation with someone who's struggling. But raising funds and awareness in your community will also help our cause.

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#acoversationcouldchangealife#ruok #ruokday #jointheconversation

European Network for Positive Psychology

How to look after yourself

This bite-sized lecture (approx. 6 mins) from my amazing PhD supervisor, Associate Professor @Peggy Kern on how to look after yourself (during a pandemic). Peggy explains how to use the I-CARE framework of self-care: How to look after yourself

High sensitivity is a normal personality trait

Being #highlysensitive is not a
psychological disorder. #Sensitivity is a common human trait that has an important role for adaptation to the environment. #HSP
#highlysensitive #evolution

5 Meditation Techniques to Get You Started

Have you been thinking about giving meditation a try? Here are some techniques to help you get started... Try these basic meditation techniques and reap the benefits of stress relief and personal growth.

The results of a recent study on the heritability of sensitivity showed that 47 percent of the differences in sensitivity between individuals are genetically determined, whereas the remaining 53 percent are accounted for by environmental factors. #HSP #highlysensitiveperson #genetics

Is Your Child an Orchid, a Tulip or a Dandelion? Highly sensitive children, like orchids, thrive in the right environment, experts say.

Book Review: The Surprising Science of Walking

Going for a daily walk is an essential part of my self-care

"Studies show that regular walking mobilizes changes in the structure of our brain that can increase volume in the areas associated with learning and memory." In Shane O'Mara's "In Praise of Walking," even the most mundane walk is rife with scientific and spiritual significance.

Like most other common human #traits, #sensitivity is partially #genetic. About 50% of the differences in sensitivity between people can be explained by genetic factors, whereas the remaining 50% are accounted for by environmental influences. Explore our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about the #genetics of #sensitivity. #HSP #highlysensitive

Vantage: Campaigning for equality for highly sensitive people

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The 10-minute morning routine for a happy and productive day ahead

Try this 10-minute morning routine... Today you’re going to learn about my favorite morning routine. (“The 10-minute morning routine”). Specifically, I’ll show you how this simple morning routine has improved my productivity, my emotional wellbeing, and my mental clarity. Let’s dive right in. 1. Water intake (1 minute) While t...

How To Increase Deep Sleep | SleepScore

Getting enough good quality sleep is vital for sensitive people's wellbeing. Deep sleep is responsible for healing and repairing your body, replenishing cells and revitalizing your immune system. It’s a critical stage of rest, but often we don’t get enough of it. Here's some tips to help increase deep sleep... If you find yourself getting the necessary hours of sleep at night but still feeling like your body hasn’t rejuvenated itself, you’re likely not getting enough deep sleep. This sleep stage is responsible for healingREAD MORE

It can be easily observed that some people are more sensitive than others. Researchers define sensitive people as those who are more strongly affected by what they experience. Take the test on our website to find out how #sensitive you are.

Brains of #sensitive people show more activation in areas associated with reward, motivation, vigilance and emotional memory. Find out more in the blog by Dr Jadzia Jagiellowicz: #HSP #highlysensitive

Managing Stress Eating So You Can Lose Weight

5 tips to help deal with emotional eating Learn how to stop emotional eating once and for all. Identify the signs of stress eating and take 5 steps to keep your healthy eating plan in place.

Tracy Cooper, Ph.D.

If you are -- or you know -- a highly sensitive man (or men) please consider participating in this PhD research.

Dear Highly Sensitive Men,

I am currently serving on the dissertation committee for Daniel Miller, who is a Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling and Counselor Education at the University of Rochester. Daniel’s dissertation study focuses on understanding the identity development of highly sensitive men. Your perspective and experiences as a highly sensitive man could provide valuable insight for Daniel into what the highly sensitive identity means to highly sensitive men, and how highly sensitive men navigate gender socialization experiences to help counselors, educators, and others working with highly sensitive boys and men have a better understanding of your unique experiences.

Attached to this email is an information letter further detailing the research study. If you are interested in participating in this research study or have any questions about the study, please feel free to contact Daniel directly at [email protected].

Please help me help Daniel by sharing this post to your social media and to any HS men you may know!

Thank you!


An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Identity Development of
Highly Sensitive Men

Principal Investigator: Daniel Miller

This form describes a research study that is being conducted by Daniel Miller under the supervision of Martin Lynch, Ph.D. from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and Human Development.

The purpose of this study is to develop a deeper understanding of the experiences of highly sensitive men as they relate to their identity development as highly sensitive men. Specifically, this research study is interested in understanding more about what the highly sensitive identity means to highly sensitive men, and how highly sensitive men navigate gender socialization, to better understand the unique experiences of the highly sensitive male population.

If you decide to take part in this study, you will be asked to participate in the following data collection and analysis procedures:
● Complete 3 short questionnaires. These questionnaires will ask basic information about your identities and personality and help determine whether you are an appropriate fit for this study. Together, they should only take about 10 minutes to complete. If you fit the necessary criteria for this particular study, you will proceed with the following study procedures below. If you don’t meet the necessary criteria, unfortunately, you won’t be eligible for this particular study and you won’t proceed to the next steps. This study focuses on collecting data from a demographically diverse population of highly sensitive men, therefore primary reasons for being excluded from moving forward in the study would be if your particular demographic group happens to be overrepresented in the data already collected.
● Next, you will participate in 3 interviews. The 3 interviews will be spaced no shorter than 3 days apart, but no longer than 1 week apart to allow for the optimum time for the researcher to process the interviews. Each interview will last approximately 1 hour and will take place over Zoom video conferencing, but have the option of being audio-only depending upon your preference. Interviews will be audio-recorded only using voice recording applications. The first interview will focus on you describing your life story growing up as a highly sensitive boy/man, the second will focus on your current experiences as a highly sensitive man, and the third will focus on understanding what the highly sensitive identity means to you.
● Finally, you will periodically provide feedback on the primary investigator’s developing understanding of your interviews throughout the data analysis process. This will help ensure that the primary investigator is understanding and representing your voice accurately in the findings for the research study. There will be 3 requests for feedback throughout the data analysis. These feedback requests will take place over email.

We estimate that approximately 10-25 subjects will take part in this study. Your participation will take course over a 3-week period for interview procedures, with 3 feedback requests taking place periodically over the course of the next 6 months after interviews are completed. Study participants are required to participate in all interview procedures within a 3 week period. Participants who are unable to complete all interviews over the 3 week period may be withdrawn from the study by the primary investigator.

There is a small chance that some of the interview questions may feel personal or make you feel uncomfortable. You may skip any questions you don’t want to answer. Additionally, if you experience discomfort in interviews, the primary investigator will provide you with resources to assist with processing this discomfort. There are no other expected risks to you for participating in this study. There are also no expected benefits.

You will not be paid for participating in this study. There will be no cost to you to participate in this study.

The University of Rochester makes every effort to keep the information collected from you private. In order to do so, all study data will be stored in a secure manner. Regarding the use of audio recordings for interviews are recorded for transcription and analysis purposes only and will not be released in any publication or report; they will be destroyed once the analysis is complete. Only the investigators will have access to your individual responses. Sometimes, however, researchers need to share information that may identify you with people that work for the University or regulators. If this does happen we will take precautions to protect the information you have provided. Additionally, results of the research may be presented at meetings or in publications, but your name will not be used.

Feedback requests will occur over email. Transmitting your information by e-mail has a number of risks that you should consider. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
a) E-mail can be circulated, forwarded, stored electronically and on paper, and broadcast to unintended recipients.
b) E-mail senders can easily misaddress an e-mail.
c) Backup copies of e-mail may exist even after the sender or the recipient has deleted his or her copy.
d) Employers and on-line services have a right to inspect e-mail transmitted through their systems.
e) E-mail can be intercepted, altered, forwarded, or used without authorization or detection.
f) E-mail can be used to introduce viruses into computer systems.

Conditions for the Use of E-mail
The researcher cannot guarantee but will use reasonable means to maintain security and confidentiality of e-mail information sent and received. You and researcher must consent to the following conditions:
a) E-mail is not appropriate for urgent or emergency situations. The researcher cannot guarantee that any particular e-mail will be read and responded to.
b) E-mail must be concise. You should schedule an appointment if the issue is too complex or sensitive to discuss via e-mail.
c) E-mail communications between you and the researcher will be filed in your research record.
d) Your messages may also be delegated to any member of the study team for response.
e) The researcher will not forward subject-identifiable e-mails outside of the University of Rochester and Affiliates without your prior written consent, except as authorized or required by law.
f) You should not use e-mail for communication regarding sensitive medical information.
g) It is your responsibility to follow up and/or schedule an appointment if warranted.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You are free not to participate or to withdraw at any time, for whatever reason. No matter what decision you make, there will be no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

For more information or questions about this research you may call Daniel Miller at (315) 719-7188. Please contact the University of Rochester Research Subjects Review Board at 265 Crittenden Blvd., CU 420628, Rochester, NY 14642, Telephone (585) 276-0005 or (877) 449-4441 for the following reasons:
● You wish to talk to someone other than the research staff about your rights as a research subject;
● To voice concerns about the research;
● To provide input concerning the research process;
● In the event the study staff could not be reached.

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