• Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person Part One

  • Want a more fulfilling path than the one you are on?

    Our class can map a route to being a more energized, effective, confident, and authentic HSP.

  • Thursdays, March 14 - April 11, 2019, 7 - 8 pm ET

    Part One of the Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person five-week teleconference class series

    Do you experience...

    • Being criticized for being “too sensitive”?
    • Feeling you don’t quite fit in?
    • Criticism as overwhelming?
    • Internal corporate warfare as unproductive and unnecessary?

    This teleconference class meets one hour a week for five weeks.You will benefit from it if you feel out of step because of your sensitivity and don't know what to do about it, would like to make better use of your skills and talents, and want to enrich your relationships. It is the cornerstone in the series of four classes.

    Our teleclasses can show you how to:

    • Identify situations and people that help you thrive.
    • Value the contributions only you can offer the world.
    • Create goals based on your dreams, values and needs.
    • Strategize a schedule that leaves you energized, not drained.
    • Enjoy a safe and confidential environment.
    • Learn from the experiences of others like you.

    Every week we'll identify situations where the highly sensitive often bog down or get stuck. I call those places "HSP quicksand." They are more easily avoided than gotten out of. 

  • Here's a brief overview of Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person

  • Week 1: Introducing the highly sensitive child

    Key aspects of sensitivity plus misunderstandings about HSPs, identifying our strengths and cultural barriers that keep us from claiming them, who we were as children (and still are), sensitive boys and the "boy code," why sensitivity is just now being recognized, the orchid-dandelion hypothesis, and prepping for an HSP adviser role

  • Week 2: Highly sensitive teens

    How sensitivity seems to disappear between ages 15 and 30, recognizing the abilities and positive attitudes of sensitive teens, the tendency toward, and risks of, premature closure (HSP quicksand alert!), self-disclosure calibrated to the level of acquaintance and trust, advising others vs. applying these principles to our own lives

  • Week 3: Conversation and connection

    21 reasons to choose friends with care, under-use and over-use of HSP strengths (this section alone, if put into practice, is worth the cost of the course), avoiding conversational pitfalls (another quicksand alert!), creating a context for sustainable relationships, how to talk to someone who is ill, grieving, or depressed, recognizing terrific people and being one yourself

  • Week 4: Health and lifestyle

    Tending our neurotransmitters, negative effects of stress--and positive effects ones, too, reducing stress through planning, Laney’s “Pacing, Parameters and Priorities," Aron’s eleven suggestions for enough rest and leisure 

  • Week 5: Reframing

    When to focus on others vs. on yourself (many HSPs get stuck here), do universal recommendations help or harm, this is your brain on gravity, a fresh look at the past…seeing through a new window, reframing a present situation

  • Why not just read the book?

    Our text, Dr. Elaine Aron’s The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, is a phenomenal book. For many of us, such a book only comes along once in a decade. It is filled with ideas that can make a huge difference in understanding the world and your place in it. 

    Our course goes beyond that to expand on several of Aron’s key ideas, and incorporates research from related areas. It can help you make clearer decisions, maximize strengths, and avoid some common pitfalls

    Plus, just reading something means most of it will be gone from your mind in a few weeks. In a year, unless specifically reminded, you may have forgotten the ideas you wanted to remember and put to use. When it is as significant as many of us have found Aron’s work, you may remember more of the book, but you have raised your expectations of yourself to a greater degree than you have raised your ability to implement those expectations

    Reading something is only of value when you put the principles to work. Every week you'll be asked to identify which ideas are most important for you now and for the long-term. You'll also be asked to recognize the HSP strengths you have used that week. Otherwise it's too easy to lose sight of your unique abilities, or assume they are not important, or that everybody can do what you do.

  • Who can benefit from these classes?

    Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person is for you if you…

    • Feel less successful than your abilities would predict.
    • Are expected to be more extroverted and hard-charging than is comfortable. 
    • Feel flawed or apologetic because of your sensitivity.

    Our class can show you how to value your best characteristics. Research in positive psychology clearly shows that the more often you recognize, value, and use your core strengths, the more likely others will also appreciate them. 

    Not sure if you’re an HSP? Take Dr. Aron’s HSP Quiz.

    HSP classes are few in number and may not be available in your location; a teleclass becomes the perfect solution. People are surprised how quickly they become comfortable with the teleconference connection. They soon recognize each other by voice, and hear energy and excitement as they and their peers recognize their strengths and talents to a greater degree than ever before. 

    You can use the time you would have spent driving and parking to complete your week’s reading assignment. You can also avoid rooms filled with fragrance or fumes from fresh paint, carpet, or upholstery.

  • Who may not benefit?

    Remember, if you have medical symptoms, your doctor is the one who can best help. If you are experiencing significant emotional distress, have deep regrets about the past or strong fears for the future, a therapist is the person to see. 

    Sensory processing sensitivity is not a disorder. Authenticity Coaching and classes are not for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, or cure of any physical, mental or emotional disorder, nor are they to be used as a substitute for professional advice by legal, medical, financial, business, spiritual, or other qualified professionals. 

    Matching your goals and needs with the right strategy is the key to the best results.

  • How much is the tuition? Do I have to make a payment now?

    Tuition for Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person, part I is $259. You will also have the expense of the text, usually less than $20, and the cost of phoning in to the teleconference line. Check out the bottom of this page to save by enrolling for parts one and two together.

    No, you don't have to pay tuition now. First, you are invited to schedule a twenty-minute phone conversation with your HSP coach and instructor Celeste O’Brien to discuss your goals for the course. Your questions can be answered before you register. Simply click on Contact and leave your phone number and the best times to call you. 

  • Will I be happy with the results of the class?

    I believe the class will be valuable, but if it is not, I will gladly offer a refund. After the class, if you are not fully satisfied, I will refund your tuition minus a $25.00 registration fee. Just send an email with the reason for asking for the refund within thirty days after the final week’s meeting.

    In addition to our refund policy, you have a retake option. If you have a valid reason for not completing the five-week class, you can transfer to the next class offered. You will be asked to re-attend from the beginning. Once a group has formed, it can be disruptive to bring in a new person mid-way through, so we ask you to begin back at the beginning.

  • Where does this teleclass fit in the Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person series?

    The teleconference series is composed of four classes. The first two classes--Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person, parts one and two--are five weeks each. The second five weeks focuses on social and close relationships, thriving at work, freeing ourselves from negative stereotypes, and on our spiritual lives (the material is suitable for any denomination, belief, or philosophy).

    The third and fourth teleclasses are also five weeks, an hour one evening each week. The third focuses on understandings and exercises shown to increase happiness. The fourth shines a fresh spotlight on your core or signature strengths and helps you begin building a life that allows you to express those strengths at home, at work, and at play.

    The classes offer you additional insight about being sensitive with ways to benefit most from your trait even if, until now, you thought it was a flaw. 

  • Save by enrolling in Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person, parts I and II

    You can register for both classes together or consolidate your learning by adding five weeks of one-on-one coaching to keep your learning on track. Each class meets one hour a week for five weeks. Thirty-minute coaching sessions are scheduled by appointment, usually every week or every two weeks. Because the coaching is highly focused, a surprising amount can be accomplished in thirty minutes.

  • HHSP Part 1 meeting one hour a week for five weeks


  • HHSP Parts I and II meeting for ten weeks (a $518 value)


  • Parts I and II & five weeks coaching (a $777 value)


  • What's my next step?

    Let's talk! I'm available to answer all your questions--and I love talking to HSPs--we'll talk about your goals and how the Happiness and the Highly Sensitive Person teleclass can help you reach them. Just click on this contact button to schedule a free, no-obligation twenty-minute conversation with instructor and HSP coach Celeste O'Brien. If you decide to enroll, the registration process will begin by phone.

  • It isn’t warehousing information that brings results.

    It’s acting on that information and making it your default strategy. Our classes can help.

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