©1996 Elaine N. Aron; (P)2004 Recorded Books,LLC
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not much. The narrator did fine with the material.
No, but it could be a 30 minute segment on a show like Dr. Oz.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara Caruso reads slowly and clearly so that you can fully experience the writing.
It has very good advice to handle the experience of being overwhelmed by reality. It needs to stress more the importance of a spiritual life in this sense and futher develpe it.
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.
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