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In this podcast, we explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives. We talk about the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity and some of the challenges it poses as well. If you are a Creative, a deep thinker, a deep feeler, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), an introvert, or identify as INFJ or ENFJ, you may enjoy the in-depth conversations where we talk openly and honestly about how we experience life. This is a podcast where you can learn, relate, laugh and maybe even live a bolder, brighter life.


Have you been told you’re “too” (fill in the blank)? You’re too sensitive; you think/worry too much; you take things too personally; you’re too emotional, too finicky, too fragile, too intense, too uptight, too slow. Have you been told you can’t take a joke; you can’t go with the flow? You can’t let go of things? Making decisions can be very difficult. You might have an acute sense of smell, and strong odors, crowded noisy environments and bright lights are just too much!

You notice things that no one else does. You have a strong sense of justice and you may be a peace-keeper. Conflict feels uncomfortable. You’re the one that everyone tells their problems to because you’re a good listener who cares deeply.

You’re in the right place!

You may have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, ADHD or something else. Sometimes Highly Sensitive People are misdiagnosed. Our brains are wired differently. We are born with the trait of High Sensitivity. There’s nothing wrong with you! You will learn that your perceived weaknesses are really are your superpowers! Dr. Elaine Aron coined the term Highly Sensitive Person (also known as Sensory Processing Sensitivity).

Unapologetically Sensitive Patricia Young

    • Mental Health
    • 4.8 • 109 Ratings

In this podcast, we explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives. We talk about the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity and some of the challenges it poses as well. If you are a Creative, a deep thinker, a deep feeler, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), an introvert, or identify as INFJ or ENFJ, you may enjoy the in-depth conversations where we talk openly and honestly about how we experience life. This is a podcast where you can learn, relate, laugh and maybe even live a bolder, brighter life.


Have you been told you’re “too” (fill in the blank)? You’re too sensitive; you think/worry too much; you take things too personally; you’re too emotional, too finicky, too fragile, too intense, too uptight, too slow. Have you been told you can’t take a joke; you can’t go with the flow? You can’t let go of things? Making decisions can be very difficult. You might have an acute sense of smell, and strong odors, crowded noisy environments and bright lights are just too much!

You notice things that no one else does. You have a strong sense of justice and you may be a peace-keeper. Conflict feels uncomfortable. You’re the one that everyone tells their problems to because you’re a good listener who cares deeply.

You’re in the right place!

You may have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, ADHD or something else. Sometimes Highly Sensitive People are misdiagnosed. Our brains are wired differently. We are born with the trait of High Sensitivity. There’s nothing wrong with you! You will learn that your perceived weaknesses are really are your superpowers! Dr. Elaine Aron coined the term Highly Sensitive Person (also known as Sensory Processing Sensitivity).

    Where Identity Intersects With Being Rejected with Annie Schuessler

    Where Identity Intersects With Being Rejected with Annie Schuessler

    Annie was terrified to ask to be a guest on 20 podcasts this year; even though she’s a podcaster! We talk about what her gremlins were telling her, and she breaks down her process step-by-step. She shares what she told herself when she was scared, and how she used mindfulness and reframing to reassure herself.  This is a process anyone can do when they are facing new and scary things. Annie talks about being Queer, and how being marginalized played into potential rejection.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    It Was Hard Being Sensitive; But It’s Not Hard Now with Kelsey Cochrane

    It Was Hard Being Sensitive; But It’s Not Hard Now with Kelsey Cochrane

    Kelsey talks about trying to fit in and learning how to feel her feelings without judging them.  Kelsey started letting others know what she needed, and this has allowed others to also ask for what they want. Kelsey talks about being her own worst enemy, and how she has learned to use self-compassion and to be present for herself. Kelsey realized she was unhappy in her job, and she talks about what she has done to create a lifestyle that honors her and her Highly Sensitive needs.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Navigating The Bumps We Experience in Relationships

    Navigating The Bumps We Experience in Relationships

    Are your needs being met in your relationships? Are you the one who is always there for others? Is it reciprocal? Do you have a higher need for connection than your friends? Why do HSPs stay in relationships when they aren’t working? Do our high levels of empathy help or hurt us in relationships when we hit a rough patch? Is there more wounding in long-term relationships verses newer relationships?

    • 29 min
    Narcissism, Gaslighting, Love-Bombing, Hoovering and Healing From a Narcissistic Relationship with Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC

    Narcissism, Gaslighting, Love-Bombing, Hoovering and Healing From a Narcissistic Relationship with Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC

    Amy talks about how gaslighting can show up in any relationship, and how to spot it when it happens.  She talks about how to identify a narcissist, and we talk about codependency, love-bombing, hoovering, grey rock, extinction burst, and revisionist history.  Amy gives lots of specific examples of what a narcissist might say, and how the HSP can respond. She talks about why gaslighting is so effective, how it undermines self-confidence, and the self-blame that ensues.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    I Didn’t Know How To Use My Sensitivity with Kelly Vance

    I Didn’t Know How To Use My Sensitivity with Kelly Vance

    We talk about boundaries, perfectionism and the negative labels we use to describe our sensitivity, and how Kelly changed how she views herself. Kelly talks briefly about how she felt seen and heard when I unintentionally voiced my monogamy bias after learning that Kelly is polyamorous. We laugh at our HS quirks and struggles and have a very open conversation about the courage and strength it takes to be vulnerable. Kelly is very reflective and articulate about her experiences and struggles as an HSP.

    • 58 min
    Best of the Podcast What is an HSP? Aren't All HSPs Introverts? with Jacquelyn Strickland, LPC

    Best of the Podcast What is an HSP? Aren't All HSPs Introverts? with Jacquelyn Strickland, LPC

    Jacquelyn Strickland co-created the HSP Gathering Retreats with Dr. Elaine Aron in 2000, and she has worked exclusively with HSPs since then. Jacquelyn talks about the 4 Core Characteristics of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and the differences between Highly Sensitive and non-Highly Sensitive introverts and extroverts, as well as the ambivert. Jaquelyn also talks about sensitivity as we age, and what it means to be fully integrated with a strong sense of self-identity as an HSP.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

SessaMcG ,

So helpful!

This has been an extremely helpful podcast after discovering my husband and one of my daughters are HSP! So much makes sense now!! It’s possible I am a HSP too, but either way, I find this comforting and encouraging. Thank you!

Tori Tarlton ,

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this HSP podcast!!!!

Her beautiful loving, silky, soothing, calming, reassuring, funny, flippy, sassy, real, rare, life sharing podcast is a life saver for me!!!...a living, loving, fumbling HSP!!! I'm so happy I found this podcast by Patrica Young. She bravely and lovingly shares her journey as an HSP and interviews many others from various walks of life. Each podcast is filled with a wealth of information that REALLY does help me live a BOLDER, BRIGHTER LIFE as an HSP!!! I have felt pretty alone living inside my HSP self and trying to navigate where I fit in in life. Now I DO have a sense of Belonging....finally. I'm also taking her ONLINE 10 week course.......a very supportive and informative group format packed with tools and real life discussions. I'm sooo grateful for having found this wonderful podcast!!! Thank you Patrica!!!

WinterLive128 ,

HSP here!

I am so happy I found your podcast. I have sat down to write a review several times and for some reason it didn’t happen. Listening to this has triggered some of my childhood traumas living as an HSP. I really had to grieve some of the relationships and situations that I put myself in trying to make every one else ok. I like many have been told my whole life that I’m to sensitive. I used to Hate that about myself. Growing older of course has slowly made me change my visions. I appreciate your guidance and tools to help me navigate through some tough emotions. COVID-19 has definitely rocked my world and the politics surrounding it. I have been so angry and disappointed in the common decency of people. I’ve needed to hear people show love and kindness and when I don’t it crushes me. One step at a time. Again, Thank you. You make a difference.

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