By Jenna Avery, CLC,
Life Coach for Sensitive Souls
Here is a list of qualities of Highly Sensitive Souls
that I have developed, based on the work of Dr.
Elaine Aron, and on my own experience. According to Aron,
HSPs comprise about 15 to 20% of the population.
Characteristics of Highly Sensitive Souls
highly aware, keenly observant
attuned to the subtleties
of the surrounding environment light, noise, sound, temperature,
emotionally sensitive and caring, easily affected
by the energy and emotions of others
often empathic or psychic
experience emotions with great
intensity and depth
have a lower tolerance for stimulation than others
adequate rest, nutrition and time alone to feel balanced
intense, passionate, emotional
able to concentrate deeply with
prefer to work independently
process information deeply and from many sources
often more right-brained,
often feel very different than "everyone else"
have a rich, complex inner life – often
often seen by others as sensitive or
often introverted, though 30%
of HSPs are “socially extroverted” according to Dr.
can get extremely engaged with work
to avoid news and TV
have an important role to play in society as advisors, sages or prophets
One of the absolutely
most important things I've learned as Highly Sensitive Soul is
to STOP asking myself, "What's
wrong with me?" if I ever felt uncomfortable or unhappy. In
my experience, I was so often different than others around me, that
I learned to ask myself this question early on. Now I ask myself, "What's
my intuition telling me right now?" What a gift to myself!
the Name - Highly Sensitive Souls
I've adopted the name Highly Sensitive Souls for
First, as a spiritual coach, I resonate deeply
with the notion that we are all spiritual beings, and this name brings
this even more into focus for me.
Second, I think it speaks to the intuitive aspects
of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). One of the key differences
between being introverted and being an HSP is our sixth sense or
intuitive and perceptive abilities. To me, intuition is derived from
a connection to a greater knowing that can only be explained by a
deep spiritual connection.
And lastly, some of you will likely recognize
my pure delight in alliteration!
Copyright 2004-2011, Jennifer Avery, All rights reserved.
Jenna Avery is a highly sensitive coach and intuitive who specializes in guiding sensitive souls to find a deep sense of inner rightness within themselves so they are inspired to step forward and shine. Jenna is a Certified Life Coach based in Berkeley, California. She can be reached at 510.984.3474. You’re invited to take her free online assessment: "Is Your Sensitivity Working For You?" on her website at www.highlysensitivesouls.com.
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