©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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's good content here, the challenge is that to my ear, the narrator's voice is overly "sweet" if that makes any kind of sense. I won't buy another book narrated by Barbara Caruso.
I hate to write a negative review, but I can't fathom how the author, herself an HSP, could've signed off on the choice of a narrator with such an incredibly unnerving voice, for a book directed at an audience of HSPs.
The narrator is clearly an accomplished voice actress who would be great if reading a dramatic tale, but her shrill, overly dramatic style was totally inappropriate for a self-help book--much less one directed toward an audience of people who are often sensitive to unsettling/loud/annoying noises.
I listen to audiobooks as I fall asleep, and I really wanted to continue to listen to the very interesting content of this book, but I found the sound of the narrator's voice so annoying and unnerving (especially while trying to relax at bedtime) that I dreaded pressing "play," and will now read the rest of the book.
I would spend the money to buy the audiobook again if a second version was released, read by someone with a more soothing voice-- or even a narrator who would just read it as material like this should be read, rather than in an overly dramatic manner.
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.
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