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    • The Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person teleconference series is specially designed to help individuals high in sensory processing be more themselves, happier and more productive. You can be a more authentic HSP.

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    • HSP coaching helps you create an action plan, providing tools, perspective, and support to reach higher than you could on your own. It offers the understanding and encouragement your current environment may not.

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    • This FREE monthly class is an introduction to goal-setting for the HSP. Learn why traditional goal-setting techniques may not have worked for you, and balance life's areas to keep your "wheel of life" turning smoothly.

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    • Let's talk about your life experiences, your goals as an HSP, and how Authenticity Coaching could help you reach them. Schedule a free, no-obligation phone conversation with instructor-coach Celeste O'Brien.

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    • Your HSP super powers

      In this article, you’ll learn more about your HSP super powers, the character strengths that many highly sensitive people share, and about how many of us are blind to our best qualities, plus a simple exercise that can change that. Pre-eminent HSP researcher Elaine Aron, Ph. D. identified these qualities as common in the authentic HSP: creativity, imagination, empathy, intuition, reflection, wisdom, vocation, idea generation, depth, and perceptiveness. Other authors have also [...]

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      HSPs & the orchid-dandelion hypothesis

      The highly sensitive child, if raised in a positive atmosphere, grows into an adult who, according to researcher Dr. Elaine Aron, may be "happier, healthier, and more socially skilled" than one who is not highly sensitive. They are like orchids in that they can flourish when given good care. In this article: some, not all, orchid children are HSPs, putting sensitivity into perspective, and an important tip for parenting the orchid child. The orchid-dandelion hypothesis is very good news for the[...]

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    • Ten misconceptions about happiness

      The highly sensitive person (HSP) thrives in a supportive atmosphere. We can learn a lot about creating that atmosphere from positive psychology. With its focus on happiness and the factors that help individuals and communities thrive, it is a good fit for the HSP. Instead of endlessly trying to fix what we don't like about ourselves, the research is clear that we can use our innate strengths and core abilities to "crowd out" the negative. So you too can become a more effective, confidant, and [...]

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      Negativity bias or survival bias? Is the bad stronger than the good?

      The highly sensitive person is typically compassionate and conscientious. Must they accept that the bad really is stronger than the good? Some scientists have put forth the idea that humans have a negativity bias. But, is it possible that what we have is actually a survival bias? That we pay attention on a priority basis to those essential issues so that lesser concerns can have meaning? The present thinking seems to be that the bad is stronger than the good: “Over and over,” [...]

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    • Schedule of classes

      Oct

      03

      Pillars of a Balanced Life

      This free introduction to goal-setting for the highly sensitive person includes four weeks via email beginning Tuesday October 3 and continuing on October 10, 17, and 24, 2017. 

      Oct

      05

      Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person, part I

      This five-week teleconference course is for the HSP who wants to better understand and appreciate their special strengths and avoid common pitfalls. It begins Thursday, October 5 and continues on October 12, 19, 26, and November 2, 2017 from 7 - 8 pm ET.

      Nov

      09

      Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person, Part II

      This five week teleconference class focuses on the HSP and social and close relationships, thriving at work, spirituality, and freeing yourself from negative stereotypes. It begins Thursday November 9 and continues on November 16, 30, and December 7, and 14, 2017 from 7 to 8 pm ET. There is no class on Thanksgiving day, November 23.

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    • Twelve tips for the manager of highly sensitive people

      Are you the manager of highly sensitive people? Probably, because HSPs are twenty percent of the population. The authentic HSP tends to more fully consider options and outcomes and so may be a major asset to your department. You may think of a sensitive person as an immature, self-absorbed and temperamental individual who flies off the handle at every small thing. Not so, according to science. Being “highly sensitive” means being high in sensory processing sensitivity (SPS), a trait that is inborn and genetic. "Overly sensitive” and “highly sensitive” sound [...]

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