Psychology Today: A Guide to the Highly Sensitive Person


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Summary of Article

Highly Sensitive People (“HSPs”), who make up 20 percent of the population, are described as having hypersensitivity to external stimuli, a greater depth of cognitive processing, and high emotional reactivity. Their flight-or-fight response has a low threshold, leaving their bodies flooded with cortisol and adrenaline.

To the outside world, HSP’s may be taken for moody, emotional, or even wimpy because of the barrage of emotions they feel from others and their environment each day. They are an amplifier of the environment around them. Highly Sensitive People need an entirely different instruction manual to flourish.

In this Psychology Today article, I share the characteristics of highly sensitive people and discuss adjustments highly sensitive people can make to sync their lives with their heightened sensory processing.

Read the full article on Psychology Today here.


Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times bestselling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her companion book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She blends the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Gateway Asia. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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