I am a researcher|writer|educator exploring the personality traits Sensory Processing Sensitivity and Sensation Seeking. My work is created to inform and empower people to live their best lives as they negotiate the increasingly complex world of the 21st century.
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What is a highly sensitive person?
A highly sensitive person is someone who processes all experience more deeply in the brain. This is fueled by emotion and aided by an often exquisite sensitivity to stimulation and subtleties. HSPs are deeply empathetic and can feel the energy of others very strongly making empathy one of the most challenging factors in being an HSP. Highly sensitive people experience emotions more deeply than others making emotional regulation a prime issue because if we don’t find a way to maintain a balance between the stimulation we take in we can very often feel overstimulated, irritated, angry, or feeling like we need to escape to a quiet place. Self-care for a highly sensitive person is essential. By self-care I mean more than just diet and exercise. I also mean getting adequate rest, cultivating and maintaining some sort of contemplative practice, and socializing with quality people in amounts that feel appropriate for you.
Being an HSP is also about being creative, intelligent, curious and complexity oriented. Many HSPs are gifted and some have another personality trait called sensation seeking which means they experience an equal drive to seek out sensations counterbalanced by a cautionary instinct. As creative individuals many HSPs have to work hard to stay ahead of boredom and anxiety. We have a deep need for autonomy, meaningful work, and a strong drive to fulfill our potential. Matching those needs to career is quite a difficult task for many of us. That’s why I wrote this book.
Are you a thrill seeker who loves roller coasters, yet prefers safe thrills? Do you love new and novel experiences, yet are careful to think it through? Are you deeply empathic, highly creative, and experience a rich, deep inner life? If so you may be a high sensation seeking highly sensitive person. Dr. Tracy Cooper presents new research illuminating the 30% of HSPs who are HSS/HSPs.
Are you a highly sensitive person who has always felt frustrated in finding the "right" career? In this groundbreaking book Dr. Tracy Cooper presents important new research findings that can empower you to better understand how HSPs experience the modern workplace, discover emerging new opportunities, and connect with powerful narratives from HSPs! A must read for all HSPs!