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).
Taking a Podcast Pause: Self-Care
I’m taking a pause from the podcast. Not sure if it’s temporary or permanent. COVID has been brutal, but it has given us opportunities to redefine what we value. I initially had thoughts of failure when I decided to take a break, but now I see it as an act of self-love. We all should have joy, laughter and creativity in our lives! I share how I’m working on getting back in balance, and I pose questions for you to reflect on to assess where you’re at. Thank you SO MUCH for being a listener! I am gr
I’ve Always Known I was Anxious with Biz Cush, LCPC
Elizabeth shares her story and why she decided to specialize in anxiety. She then defines anxiety, and we talk about the different ways that anxiety can present for people. Elizabeth talks about common myths, and we talk about tools to use to manage anxiety and what type of lifestyle changes can also help to reduce anxiety. We talk about the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and Depth of Processing and how this can relate to anxiety.
Complex Childhood Trauma and Healing for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) with Kina Wolfenstein
Kina defines trauma (and it may surprise you), and how the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) responds to trauma. We talk what may not be considered trauma (but is), and how it impacts the person in adulthood (including attachment systems). Kina talks about trauma responses as they relate to polyvagal theory, and why a bottom-up approach is highly effective, and which modalities work from a bottom-up approach. Kina also provides examples of things we can do heal as well as the importance of co-regulation.
The Brain of the Highly Sensitive Person with Drs. Esther Bergsma
Drs. Bergsma, a Dutch expert on High Sensitivity, discusses research from her book: The Brain of the Highly Sensitive Person. She explains the biological survival benefits of the trait in animals. We talk about social rejection, and the negative messages HSPs receive around their traits. Esther takes 7 negative perceptions and talks about the corresponding talents (strengths) for each perception. We talk about common misdiagnoses for HSPs and why practitioners benefit from knowing about the trait.
The Challenges and Strengths of Sensitive Strivers in the Workplace with Melody Wilding, LMSW
Melody was named one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative Coaches” for her work on “Sensitive Strivers.” Melody defines Sensitive Striver, and she talks about common challenges sensitive strivers face in the workplace. She talks about imposter syndrome, and ways to work with your inner critic. Melody gives strategies for speaking up and using your voice as well as tips to better manage stress when working from home.
This feels so awkward; my vulnerability softens my husband and improves communication, with Anni Furniss
This is an honest and vulnerable chat. Anni talks about feeling awkward, and how her vulnerability makes communication with her husband easier. She talks about expectations around friendships, and the challenges and corresponding strengths she finds being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Anni talks about feeling overwhelmed when she has tasks to accomplish and how the interplay with her ADHD. We talk about people’s perceptions when you have a partner who has a disability.
Amazing and great energy
This is the podcast I listen to when things around me feel too much, and I need to re-center and connect. I feel so connected to this podcast. Patricia (the host) has such a wonderful way of wording. And interacting with others. it has been so beneficial in my healing process.
Death by kayak
I thought I was the only person who’s tombstone would read “killed by thinking about buying a used kayak...”!
I cannot say how serendipitous it felt to find this. I choose it because not two months ago I ended a SIX MONTH struggle with the decision to buy a used kayak, and in hindsight, the ludicrous humor inherent in that decision can make me smile.
But .... in listening to you, I heard words that resonate deep inside my soul, and if I am honest, I still feel a great deal of shame and pain around many of the deeper issues you spoke about (catasrophizing, guilt about “deserving” joy, “all or nothing” thinking, childhood emotional neglect...)
Currently, I am struggling with the looming decision to move back to Colorado from New England... and it is a time sensitive choice because of my children’s school schedule. This podcast feels like a life raft in a Hurricane right now. Thank you.
1 podcast equaled a lifetime of learning
This podcast is a gift to the world. And especially to HSPs