Sandra G. Coffman, PhD
Those of us with highly-responsive nervous systems
have been likened to the SACRED ROSES
that are traditionally planted around vineyards
to warn us when optimum growing conditions
are compromised. Sensitives are gatekeepers
for human health and well-being
and the focus of this practice.
Have you been told that you are *too* sensitive? Do you notice and know things that most others seem to miss? Are you often overwhelmed by too much coming at you in the world and need a lot of alone time to recover from the stresses of daily life? Do you find yourself in relationships that are a one-way street? One in five people will answer "yes" to these questions. If you are one of them, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).
HSP's are often gifted, healers, caregivers (e.g., nurses, therapists, doctors, mothers), and creative artists who make the world a more beautiful place. We excel at caring for others but need guidance and support to learn how to also nurture ourselves.
In a culture like the United States that values aggression and individuality, sensitivity is not seen in a positive light. So, with all due respect, admiration, and gratitude to Elaine Aron, I propose we EMPower ourselves further with a new label: EMP's (Emotionally Mature Persons). If you don't understand that term, please read the book 'Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents' by Lindsay Gibson.