HSP Resources

Resources:  Highly Sensitive Person (H.S.P.) and Highly Sensitive Child (H.S.C.)

Mary Kay Parkinson and Elaine Aron "linking" at a workshop Elaine presented in San Francisco on working with highly sensitive people.  Our greatest resource is each other!

Founding Mother:
  Elaine Aron did the original research to coin the term Highly Sensitive Person and to establish high sensitivity as a positive and accurate name for a trait that runs across various species and previously was labeled less accurately and more negatively.  Her website, hsperson.com  and writings are a wealth of excellent information.  She also produces a free quarterly e-newsletter called ComfortZone.

Here's a 3 minute video clip of Elaine talking about HSP's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04gnoReKgD4

Here's a full lecture about HSP that Elaine gave in New Zealand: https://soundcloud.com/highlysensitive/elaine_aron_wellington_nz_2013

Connecting With Other HSP's

HSP's of Maryland and Virginia
The focus of this meet-up group is on those learning about the HSP trait and exploring this newly discovered (to the person) trait.  Not sure if you are an HSP, have questions about the HSP trait, or presently hating your sensitivity and wanting to get rid of it (or ambiguous and confused about the trait)?  This meet-up group is for you.  A place to gain a deeper understanding of the HSP trait.  A great place to start if the HSP trait is all new for you, or if you are deeply conflicted about having the trait.  Join here:

Sensitive One DC
This meet-up  group is for Sensitive Leaders in the DC metropolitan area: those of you who are trying to lead your lives with sensitivity and engage your sensitivity in a strong and empowered way.  We want to form a local community, so you can connect with other HSPs doing the same.  Join here: 

Sensitive One: Interested in forming a community with sensitive leaders and don't live in the DC Metro area, see if there is a Sensitive One near you: Check here:

Discussion group for HSP's (on-line)
: A free, independently-run email discussion list for HSPs can be found at Yahoo groups. The purpose of the email list is to explore who we are as HSPs and to support each other. To subscribe, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/hspbook/

Group Gatherings for HSP'sJacquelyn Strickland organizes HSP gathering retreats.  She also has done some great work with identifying HSP subcultures and describing Empowered HSPs.  The next gathering is:

  • June 28th - July 2nd, 2016, Estes Park Colorado
  • Sept 22 - 26th, 2016, Fennville Michigan
  • Link for retreats
Facebook Groups for HSP's: (these are open facebook groups that you can request to join)

Highly Sensitive Souls

Highly Sensitive People

Magazine for HSP's:  Tribe -
a magazine and e-zine for HSP's, plus an on-line forum to help build our "tribe".  One of the Tribe's goals is to showcase our creativity, so contributions and comments are welcome.  There are two beautiful printed issues you can purchase and an on-line forum you can sign up for that's free, to connect with other HSP's.  No new issues have come out as the creator is recovering from some health issues.  Go look: tribe.paramimedia.com

Information About H.S.P.'s

On the web:

Peter Messerschmidt writes well about being a highly sensitive person.  In the left hand column of his website, click on the article that interests you, www.innerreflections.homestead.com.

Dr. Ted Zeff's new video:  Highly Sensitive Men and Boys:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn6pTpJytgU

Dr Ted Zeff focuses on researching, writing and working with highly sensitive men.  He also offers a free quarterly e-newsletter.

Janine Ramsey has created Sensitivity Styles to help create understanding in the work place and in educational settings about the power of our differences.

"The sensitivitystyleTM model gives people an understanding of the four different sensitivity styles, along with skills and tools for living and working with other styles more respectfully and successfully. There are two HSP styles and two non-HSP styles."  You can learn more here


The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine Aron

The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook, by Elaine Aron

The Highly Sensitive Person in Love, by Elaine Aron

The Undervalued Self, by Elaine Aron

Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine Aron

This is Where I Stand: The Power and the Gift of Being Highly Sensitive, by Rue Hass

EFT for the Highly Sensitive Temperament, by Rue Hass

Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person, by Barrie Jaeger

Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career, by Tracey M. Cooper

The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide, by Ted Zeff

Highly Sensitive Person's Companion: Daily Exercises for Calming Your Senses in an Overstimulating World, by Ted Zeff

The Strong Sensitive Boy, by Ted Zeff

Raise an Emotionally Healthy Boy, by Ted Zeff

The Power Of Sensitivity: Success Stories of HSPs Thriving in a Non-sensitive World, by Ted Zeff

The Language of Emotions, by Karla McLaren

Parents of Highly Sensitive Children

Discussion Group (on-line): A free, independently-run email discussion group for parents of Highly Sensitive Children (HSC) can be found at Yahoo groups. The purpose of this group is to explore what it is to be a sensitive parent of an HSC and to support one another as parents. To subscribe, go to:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hscbook/


The Highly Sensitive Child, by Elaine Aron

The Temperament Perspective, by Jan Kristal

 Washington DC Area Professionals who work well with HSP's

Beth Burkhardt (301) 369-1526

Uses non-direct force technique, a very sensitive and effective form of chiropractic for HSP's
Zahra Yousefi (202) 452-1888, nonforce.com/referrals/northeast.html

Essential Oils
Young Living essential oils is my top pick for therapeutic grade essential oils and high quality health products that incorporate essential oils.  My member number is 173551.
www.youngliving.us   Read an interesting article http://www.mesothelioma.com/alternative_aromatherapy.htm

Rob Sherrod (301) 613-4420, robsherrodmt.com

Harold Goodman (301) 565-2494

Physical Therapy
Amazing subtle and effective techniques. 
Julie Reybold (301) 497-6158

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