Thriving As A Highly Sensitive Person

How HSPs Tend to Deal with an Eating Disorder Diagnosis (And What They Need To Do Instead)

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 2, 2023 |

Eating disorders are complicated in origin, presentation, and treatment. Observers see the physical and behavioral effects, if anything at all. But those who suffer, with or without an eating disorder diagnosis, have a complex mental and psychological experience that others don’t see.  For Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) with an eating disorder, everything about the experience…

5 Pieces Of Sound Advice For Highly Sensitive People From A Successful Highly Sensitive Person

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 16, 2023 |

When you’re in the minority or have needs beyond the familiarity of most, where do you go for advice? For Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) looking for sound advice, this isn’t a rhetorical question. It’s a real-life dilemma. If your answer is to go to an expert, we’re on the same page. Dr Elaine Aron isn’t…

20 Famous Highly Sensitive People

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 26, 2022 |

We love genius in all its forms. And we are, as a species, often selfish, short-sighted, and without boundaries when it comes to it. We want the products of that genius – quickly, consistently, perfectly. But we too often fail to acknowledge the source — and price — of that genius. We gravitate toward famous…

6 Or More Signs You Could Be Dealing With A Highly Sensitive Person

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 13, 2022 |

What is he seeing that I’m not seeing? Why did she get so emotional at the movie? Why does he overthink everything? How on earth does she just know that? No doubt you’ve pondered moments like these with certain people in your life, never guessing that these are signs you could be dealing with a…

Why CBT For Eating Disorders Works Well For HSPs

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | November 12, 2022 |

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a highly effective psychological treatment approach. It’s considered the gold standard for treating eating disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, insomnia, and many other psychological conditions and illnesses. This discussion is about why CBT for eating disorders works well for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs). Let’s start with the basics. What…

AMA: What Exactly Is The Brain Difference Of Highly Sensitive People?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | October 27, 2022 |

We’re all different, each and all uniquely our own. And yet, we find connection and sense of place in those moments of sameness, consistency, and mutual recognition. And so it is with a unique segment of the population known as Highly Sensitive. Different from the majority. Recognizable precisely for their differences. And, because of more…

AMA: Can A Highly Sensitive Person Change?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | October 21, 2022 |

Who are you? What defines you? What immutable characteristics make you “who you are”? And do you believe you can change more than what you do and actually change who you are? The examination is important, not just for understanding and accepting yourself, but for shaping the way you understand and accept others. Those who…

Are HSPs More Prone to Addiction?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | September 27, 2022 |

The world of Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) is ultra-vivid, extra-dimensional, and oh-so-overstimulating. Their radar is pre-programmed and hard wired to be set on constant intake. By default, their brains are constantly processing. Emphasis is on constantly. It makes sense, then, to question how that same neurological predisposition responds to constant stimuli. Are HSPs more prone…

7 Reasons There Is A Prevalence Of Eating Disorders Among HSPs

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | September 1, 2022 |

Eating disorders are equal-opportunity destroyers. Their sufferers develop them for many different reasons. Risk factors from psychology, biology, and genetics combine with culture to create a perfect storm. And wow, what a storm it is, especially for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs). Understanding the reasons behind the prevalence of eating disorders among HSPs comes down to…

Key differences between an Empath and Highly Sensitive People are nuanced.

Key Differences Between An Empath And A Highly Sensitive Person

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | August 28, 2022 |

Talking about sensitivity can be so…well…sensitive. It can even feel like splitting hairs because of the way every little difference and every little nuance matters. Teasing out key differences between an empath and a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is a perfect example.  The overlap is significant.  And so are the differences. To the non-empath/non-HSP, the…

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