Navigating life in our modern, fast paced world as a highly sensitive person.
Anita and Cecilia are both highly sensitive people, trying to make sense of themselves and the world around them. They're on similar journeys of self-discovery, and invite you along for the ride as they share their thoughts and perceptions. http://www.sensitivepodcast.weebly.com
010 - The Importance of Values - With Su Jardine
Values are of great importance to all of us.
Very importantly - it must be recognized that values can be different depending on their context. Business values can be quite different to family values for instance. These should be separated, especially for a highly sensitive person, where self-questioning can present huge challenges and internal conflict.
Sometimes physical stress related symptoms can present, and underlying this can be conflicting thoughts where beliefs and values are misaligned. When this occurs within a HSP, this stressful emotional state that occurs as a result can not only impact on the individual, but also their family members.
By addressing this conflict, and clearly identifying different values for different situations, expectations can be better met and emotions and thoughts can be better regulated.
To find out more about Su Jardine, click here.
009 - Being an extroverted HSP - with Katie McCray
Katie needs to be around people. She even goes to the supermarket in the hope that she can catch up with a friend or two when she's out and about!
Anita and Cecilia (both introverts) struggle with this concept, and want to find out more...
Katie was creative and expressive, but struggled at school. She struggled to "fit into a box" at school, and didn't feel at all comfortable. Her development of her identity was challenged, and now reflects upon the strategies and resilience that she has developed over a long period of time to have now become a very social, high energy, extroverted HSP. She is not loud or uninhibited, but needs to be around other people to feel comfortable. She'd even prefer to quietly read a book around a group, than by herself. This challenges Anita and Cecilia and their understanding of the concept, and makes for a fascinating conversation, with of all kinds of "lightbulb moments" reflecting on relationships within their own families.
Does any of this relate to you? We'd love to hear from you!
008 - Highly Sensitive Teens with Su Jardine
The biggest difference between a HSP adult and a HSP teenager is that an adult's awareness of their sensitivity is easier articulated, whereby a teenager may present with a combination of outwardly expressed physical or behavioral symptoms and an inability to effectively convey their emotions.
Su covers so many topics, and has a wealth of personal stories and experiences that make this a wonderfully enlightening chat.
She chats about the changes that occur in a young male's thoughts and behavoiurs between the ages of 16-20 and the expectations that our world imposes on the young male, particularly in the context of a highly sensitive person.
She also describes the development of a young female's emotions and thoughts that develop around finding their place in a changing world as a highly sensitive person. Often they may develop a strong sense of self, but find that an abundance of new experiences challenge this.
She emphasises that everyone is different. Parents are often quite different to their children. This is an important realisation that can help families to better approach conversations that are sometimes uncomfortable or difficult for either person.
Does any of this relate to you? We'd love to hear from you!
For more information about Su, check her out online!
007 - Noticing EVERY child in the classroom - with highly sensitive teacher Katie McCray
Katie McCray is a Primary School teacher who notices EVERY child in the classroom. She supports all kids and their unique needs, and as a highly sensitive person herself, she has an innate ability to interact and connect with all the members of the class individually and together as members of a group.
She has always reflected on her interactions with others, and has found that mindfulness and relaxation techniques in the classroom benefits the group in very different ways. Some kids have very busy routines throughout the week, involving either themselves or their siblings or parents activities or both. The stimulation of so many new and different activities throughout the school day can further overwhelm a developing mind. And then there's the teacher! When everyone stops for a few moments the periods of engagement and learning are optimized and these techniques can be developed into a daily routine with great effect.
Katie offers so many real examples of challenges a student may face, including how a student's first day at school (each year) can contradict all their expectations based on their prior experiences, and how a teacher's first day of the year is like starting a new job every year. As a HSP herself, she is acutely attuned to the simultaneous emotional and educational struggles that present daily.
006 - Back From Our Hiatus
Both Anita and Cecilia have been really quite busy, but enjoying the chaos of life!
As highly sensitive people, they have both been analyzing and questioning everything that has been going on around them, and the spiraling cascade of thoughts and emotions during this period has given them something to debrief about.
They have both come out the other side of a long 6 month hiatus and are excited to chat about how they are moving forwards with their relationships, professions and of course, this podcast!
Join in the conversation, and find out how other sensitive people make sense of the busy world around us!
This podcast has been the first source of detailed information on this topic that I have accessed. It therefore has been very assuring to hear, thank you.
Like yourselves I have questioned my mental health many times which was sadly reinforced to my detriment by some friends and family. It has been very lonely sometimes. I am however trying to turn everything around so that I too can accept it as a gift rather than a handicap. I am also motivated to assist my middle child and many students (I'm a teacher, secondary Visual Art) whom I'm fairly confident are HSP as well.
As a result of hearing this podcast I believe I may have gained the confidence to raise this issue with a professional counsellor. I live in Melbourne too and am hoping to find one who understands this condition.
I would have liked to rate this podcast 5 stars however the sound quality was a fairly significant issue for me. Ironically the fluctuations of volume and pitch as well as the tinny echo and occasional word dropping out almost made me switch off. Once again I blamed myself for being "too highly strung"! But I'm sure this can be fixed. Please please please fix it... but also please keep up the good work in promoting awareness and providing strategies for the 20%. Thank you 🙏
Thankyou for making those who feel this world very much not feel batty 😳 there's no magic pill or potion nature & simple living has helped me immensely and now your pods cast! Many thanks
Such an important topic
Thank you for your great new podcast! You are describing me, but I had never heard of a highly sensitive person. I am so grateful to find others who feel this and can share this journey. Please keep up the great work!
There are some kinks in your audio quality that I'm sure you will fix with practice. More importantly your content is very valuable. I can't wait to hear more.