With a box full of books to read and only so much spare time, I've implemented a new rule of thumb; generally, if the book doesn't hook me by the first few chapters, I stop reading it and try the next one. I am a fast reader, so I don't feel I am asking too much of a book to keep me interested for twenty minutes.
This title kept me engaged for about one third of the book. After that I started skimming, and when I had to force myself to keep going I said "Hey, what's up with that, I might as well be reading something fun."
I appreciate that this book confirmed what I've already known for years: I am different. Sometimes very different. There is a 23-question "sensitivity test" on pages xxi-xxii; I answered 22 of them positively (in other words, "Yes, this bothers me").
However, after the first three or four chapters, I felt that the book was repeating itself, saying the same things but merely changing the settings. "HSPs are sensitive as children. HSPs are sensitive as adolescents. HSPs are especially affected by puberty. HSPs are especially affected by trauma. HSPs are especially affected by relationships."
Okay, I get it; we're affected more than most. I have enough imagination that I don't need things spelled out for every aspect of life.
Being a conservative Christian, I don't find the definite New Age slant of the book especially edifying, especially since it is not overtly acknowledged.
It has some interesting ideas, but as a fairly well-adapted sensitive person I don't find that I need the extensive advice and "make sure you feel good about yourself" handpatting.
Catherine V. reviewed The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You on
Helpful Score: 3
Wonderful book for anyone who suspects they are hypersensitive. Also, great insights for those who live with highly sensitive people. It was one one my AHA moments reading this book. Finally someone who recognizes and has studied my problem.
Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Are you "too shy" or "too sensitive" according to others? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? If your answers are yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person.
In this book, you will discover:
*Self-assessment tests to help you identify your particular sensitivies
*Ways to reframe your past experiences in a positive light and gain greater self-esteem in the process
*Insight into how high sensitivity affects both work and personal relationships
*Information on medications and when to seek help
*Techniques to enrich the soul and spirit