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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 author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, upon which her articles are based. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, the Oprah Magazine and USA Today. She is a New York Times best-selling author of Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing. More information at www.drjudithorloff.com.