November 2012: Comfort Zone ONLINE
It's autumn. Time to harvest and gives thanks, and to face those overstimulating holidays again. Although I did not intend it, I realize now that this issue's articles seem made for this season:
Beloved Stranger: Temperament and the Elusive Concept of Normality. This article for parents is by Alice Shannon, a psychotherapist who is also a leading expert on helping parents with their child's temperament. I think you will enjoy how she imparts a great deal of knowledge while describing her own trying experience with her sensitive son and how it led her to her life's work. This article first appeared in Networker (May/June 2005), a magazine for psychotherapists. It fits in this issue nicely, given that a child's sensitivity, like our own adult version of it, is heightened for better and for worse during the holidays.
Dear Parents of All Ages: I Really Need Your Help Again (15 minutes) with the Book for Highly Sensitive Parents.
Thank you so much, those of you who have given me your contributions about your experiences as an HS parent. Before going ahead with the book, however, I realized that I need hard data to identify confidently some of the specific ways that HSPs and non-HSPs have different problems and needs as parents. Therefore I have created a 15-minute online survey and I need data from both HSPs and non-HSPs. So please do take it and, equally important, ask at least one non-HSP parent of any age to take it also.
When you ask non-HSPs (or other HSP parents you know) to take the survey, if possible, wait to tell them its purpose until after they've done the survey (so that that this knowledge won't affect their responses). You can certainly say in advance that you are trying to get people to help in some valuable research on parenting and personality, so parents can be given advice that better suits who they are instead of "one size fits all" parenting advice. Of course if they press you, tell them whatever you need to.
HSP Gatherings Retreats
Stockholm, Sweden (actually, in nearby Enkoping) May 9-13. This, the 26th HSP Gathering Retreat, is a wonderful opportunity for HSPs in Europe to get to know each other and benefit from Jacquelyn Strickland's extensive experience facilitating these events. Registration is open to HSPs in Sweden until February 15, 2013 and will be open to everyone else after that date. If you would like to get on a waiting list for the open registration, email Jacquelyn@hspgatheringretreats.com From Stockholm it is about a forty minute train ride plus a short taxi to Harjaro. It's possible to come on Sunday only, when I will speak on "What HSPs Need to Know for Happy, Successful Lives." Email Jacquelyn to get information on the Sunday only option, which will be open to an additional 35 people.
Loveland, Colorado (only 30 minutes from beautiful Estes Park) September 26-30, 2013. Details forthcoming. This will be the 27th HSP Gathering. The last in Colorado was in 2009, the first was in 2007. Don't miss this chance to enjoy autumn in the Rockies with Jacquelyn Strickland as she brings together HSPs from around the country and the world. This will be another one of those crucial opportunities for you to be in an HSP-only environment and gain a deeper understanding of your trait. These gatherings can be life changing, so be sure to attend at least one.
A Weekend for Highly Sensitive People
Kripalu, Western Massachusetts: April 26-28, 2013. A very restful weekend with me. I love the nourishing food and soft energy at Kripalu, just right for HSPs whether into yoga or not. Come for springtime in the Berkshire Mountains.
O Magazine had an article in their November issue on being highly sensitive. The title is a little misleading, but the article itself is very good. They actually let me help with it. The 37 comments so far on the blog page beneath it are so encouraging. Add your own comment if you'd like. I'm sure the number of comments is a barometer for Oprah's staff of what would be good topics for her shows.
By next spring The Highly Sensitive Person will be published in Swedish and Norwegian as well as being reprinted in China, along with The Highly Sensitive Child. Many more HSPs around the world will be joining us as people who are aware of something fundamental about themselves and 20% of the rest of the human race.
November 2012 Articles:
November 2012 Articles: