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The Highly Sensitive Person | [Elaine N. Aron]

The Highly Sensitive Person

Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., is a world-renowned psychologist and speaker. The Highly Sensitive Person is an in-depth look at characteristics that define sensitivity. Through self-assessment tests and techniques, Aron shows listeners how to identify their own personality traits. This exceptional book can lead to remarkable results for many who suffer from constant stress and anxiety.
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Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., is a world-renowned psychologist and speaker. The Highly Sensitive Person is an in-depth look at characteristics that define sensitivity. Through self-assessment tests and techniques, Aron shows listeners how to identify their own personality traits. This exceptional book can lead to remarkable results for many who suffer from constant stress and anxiety.

©1996 Elaine N. Aron; (P)2004 Recorded Books,LLC

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    Steph richmond, VA, USA 01-07-10
    Steph richmond, VA, USA 01-07-10
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    "Highly Scientific"

    This is an extremely heavy scientific based presentation regarding intuitives. Most intuitives or highly sensitive people don't need to be presented with information validating who or what they are - for they know what they're experiencing. The tone of the book appears to be addressed to all the writers peers, family members or friends that didn't understand her way of Being - other than that she was different and this was perceived as a negative. It's that negative judgement and perception I feel the writer is specifically addressing in this book. She does a very thorough job of defending, explaining and validating the empathic person. She does this by documenting and sharing research regarding the evidence of various empathic animals within the animal kingdom while tracing the way to the physiology of humans and how scientific evidence does support the existence of highly sensitive people. She then briefly describes the traits, possible challenges and common characteristics of a highly sensitive person. All this information is helpful for the non-sensitives, for the non-intuitives. People who have no direct experience as a highly sensitive person would benefit from this book. People who are in the psychology world or living with a highly sensitive person and seeking understanding as to the why of " you're so sensitive" will benefit from this book.

    However, if you are a highly sensitive person or intuitive I suggest this book isn't for you (being one myself). If you are interested in developing, managing, accepting and empowering yourself and sensitivity I suggest books by Russ Hass. Rue Hass isn't interested in making a case that sensitive people exist and validating this through science, her voice is one that addresses some of the challenges and opportunities that exist as a highly sensitive person. She is more hands on with coping and integrating this skill into a fulfilling life.

    35 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Mom in Tennessee TN 11-09-13
    Mom in Tennessee TN 11-09-13
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    "Good Book but Irritating Narrator!"
    Would you try another book from Elaine N. Aron and/or Barbara Caruso?

    I hate to offend anyone, but while this book has some good content, it was hard to get past the irritating voice of the narrator. I tried very hard to listen but I couldn't focus on what was being said because of the 'proper tone' and 'voice fluctuations' of the narrator. I ended up actually reading instead of listening. This narrator might be good for historical books or fiction books(although I don't think I could listen), but not for a serious informational book.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Hasas Palm Desert, CA 01-25-14
    A. Hasas Palm Desert, CA 01-25-14
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    "Don't get the Audible version!!"
    What did you like best about The Highly Sensitive Person? What did you like least?

    Oh my goodness, I honestly can't listen to this book anymore. I'm only 3 hours in, but I just can't get past the narrator's tone of voice. It's so distracting & almost patronizing. I'm sure she'd be fantastic narrating plays or dramatic fiction, but not this. At all. I'm an HSP and I love the premise of this book, but I just can't listen anymore. I'd love to finish this, so I'm gonna buy the actual book.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Eureka, CA, United States 09-29-11
    Allan Eureka, CA, United States 09-29-11
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    "Pioneer in the Field"

    The review stating this is highly scientific is correct... Ms Aron was responsible for pioneering research in this area. This work was originally published in 1996 as a summary of her years of investigation... 13 years before Ms Hass publication... so her work stands squarely on the shoulders of Elaine Aron. Before Elaine Aron's groundbreaking treatise it was assumed "sensitive" persons were weak, whining people (to use the reviewers phrase), who just needed to buck up and get with the program. I have no doubt Ms Hass' book is a good example of self help for HSP's... but let's give credit where it due. THIS is the definitive work on the subject. Not available in audiobook... but Elaine Aron's books on raising an HSP child, and HSP's in love relationships along with a companion workbook are solid reads as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Santa Barbara, CA, United States 12-18-12
    Sara Santa Barbara, CA, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "This book is awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to The Highly Sensitive Person the most enjoyable?

    This book was so informative. I had never heard of this label before. So glad to know now why so often I would be upset for no reason. Now I know what was making me feel this way and why I wasn't like all the other people.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I felt the reader's voice was highly irritating to me and not calming. Wish the author had read her own book because her voice is mellow.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Farrah Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-21-13
    Farrah Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-21-13
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    "Long overdue explanation of the sensitive person"
    What made the experience of listening to The Highly Sensitive Person the most enjoyable?

    Upon conclusion of The Highly Sensitive Person I’m left with a feeling of peace and better understanding of my natural temperament. I’ve always felt like a stranger in a strange land of extroverts who all seem to flourish in social situations, whereas I’ve always craved more intimate low key social interactions. This book is a magnificent tool for anyone who feels marginalized due to their natural inclination towards the quiet life, and is seeking ways to adapt their personality into a fast paced society while still being true to who they really are.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader of an audio book can make or break the experience. Barbara Caruso did a fabulous job of conveying a nonjudgmental, & almost motherly tone throughout the book, you could feel the tenderness in her voice, and this made the book all the more pleasant to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Garcia Denver, Colorado 11-10-10
    Steve Garcia Denver, Colorado 11-10-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Hate to hurt anyone's feelings, but..."

    This is just a hard book to listen to. I have highly sensitive people in my life and I want to understand them. That's why I bought the book. But the whining tone of the book is so grating I couldn't finish it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    William Seattle, WA, United States 11-01-13
    William Seattle, WA, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "In need of a ghost writer and an editor"

    I think there are some really valuable ideas in this book; I know it has been very helpful in my interactions with my wife, who is a highly sensitive person. Unfortunately the author tends to ramble on a lot, particularly in the last half of the book. I found there was about 3 hours of very valuable material in the almost 10 hours of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Desiree United States 01-20-13
    Desiree United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2009

    Researcher/oral historian and fitness enthusiast from Austin, TX, currently residing in San Diego. I love to read, but traditional books require a person to be sedentary while reading. Audio books make it possible for me to increase both my physical activity and reading quantity.

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    "Somewhat helpful"
    What did you like best about The Highly Sensitive Person? What did you like least?

    This best thing about this book is that it validated and shed light on some of my own experiences and feelings. This book explained and helped me accept and feel better about some things I once perceived as major character flaws. The thing I liked least about this book was the author's self-aggrandizing tone.


    Would you recommend The Highly Sensitive Person to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, not unless they were having a really hard time with being Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP) or a having a difficult time dealing with HSPs in their lives. If you are NOT having an especially difficult time as an HSP or with an HSP in your life, you can learn all you need to learn from this book in a short summary or article. On the other hand, if you are unhappy being or dealing with an HSP, this book could benefit you because it does offer some helpful suggestions for coping.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not much. The narrator did fine with the material.


    Could you see The Highly Sensitive Person being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, but it could be a 30 minute segment on a show like Dr. Oz.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Kim Rochester, NY USA 12-11-12
    A. Kim Rochester, NY USA 12-11-12

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    "Helped me to accept the way I am"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It was great to finally hear that I am okay the way I am! I liked learning about how HSP's have more sensitive nervous systems as well. I always felt so lame because I got disturbed so easily, and now I can simply accept my body the way that it reacts. I liked that this book dealt with both body and mind. This book really opened me up to accepting myself the way I am instead of feeling like I am inferior to others because I get overwhelmed so easily.


    What does Barbara Caruso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Barbara Caruso reads slowly and clearly so that you can fully experience the writing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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