The term Highly Sensitive Person or HSP was first coined by Dr. Elaine Aron in the mid 1990’s however the concept of sensitivity has been studied for some time.
People with heightened sensitivity process both internal and external stimulation more intensely and may be more easily overwhelmed by noises, smells, physical touch, tastes, bright lights, and experiences of pain as well as pleasure and the mysteries and beauty of life.
During pregnancy and birth these deep ways of processing our environment can feel even more intense. Being aware and having some tools to help prepare for your pregnancy and birth can make all the difference.
Below you’ll find a few resources if you’d like to explore the issue of heightened sensitivity further.
Don’t worry so much about the HSP label. Instead see if the information speaks to you and helps you make sense of the way in which you process the world around you.
Dr. Elaine Aron first formally identified and has pioneered the research on heightened sensitivity. Read more about her work here…
Colleen O’Rourke and Elizabeth Walsh of Plum Tree Coaching have written an Introductory Guide to learning about Sensory Perception Sensitivity.
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