Things to Know About Grief and Loss, especially for HSPs

Important Things to Know About Grief and Loss by Jacquelyn Strickland, (retired psychotherapist & LPC) What I know for sure about grief and loss is that it will happen to you, to everyone you know, and to everyone else in the world. And I know it will be very painful, if not excruciating. I also […]

The Empowered and Unempowered HSP From Struggling to Thriving

The Empowered and Unempowered HSP : From Struggling to Thriving   Over the years of working with HSPs, I’ve synthesized what I think of when describing an empowered vs. an unempowered HSP ~ or someone who is “thriving” vs. “struggling.”   If you find yourself in the latter category, please don’t worry or judge yourself. Just […]

Five Stages of Cultural Awareness & Acceptance

Five Stages of Cultural Awareness and Acceptance by Jacquelyn Strickland, retired psychotherapist & LPC Many of you may know that my background in social work, women’s studies, cultural diversity, and a graduate degree in counseling have informed my work with Sensory Processing Sensitivity for over 25 years. over 25 years.  My Five Stages of Cultural […]

A Meditation of Hope and Love

It happened again and could have ruined the rest of my day. “It” being a daily bombardment of tragic news stories about the war in Ukraine…

Top Ten Reasons to Have a HSP Dyad Partnership ~ (or a significant reciprocal relationship)

Note:   A “dyad” in this instance is defined as:  a pair; specifically, sociology : two individuals  maintaining a sociologically significant relationship. With HSPs, a “dyad” can easily be expanded to include two or more individuals in a sociologically significant relationship — as is so uniquely, and beautifully co-created at the HSP Gathering Retreats, and on many […]

Spirituality and Empowerment: a unique connection

As we know, much in our world has changed since January 2020, which is why I believe the topic of spirituality and the importance of a spiritual practice are even more important as we all make our way through this unsettled and historical time brought about by so many external events beyond our immediate control. […]

Introversion, Extroversion and the Highly Sensitive Person

According to the documentary Sensitive: The Untold Story, there are 1.4 billion highly sensitive people (HSPs) in the world (15-20% of the population). As Elaine Aron’s research has shown, 30% of that 15-20% of the HSP population are sensitive extroverts – or approximately 420 million HSPs.  Unfortunately, due in great part to social media and recent books […]

The HSP Subcultures : Diversity in our Tribe

By Jacquelyn Strickland, LPC (Revised August 2020) It was at 10th HSP Gathering Retreat™  in June of 2006 at Walker Creek Ranch, in Petaluma, California when I looked around the room and immediately sensed the connections and similarities we all shared as highly sensitive people. Yet, it was also quite obvious how different we each […]

Thriving as a Highly Sensitive Person

Thriving as a Highly Sensitive Personby Jacquelyn Strickland, LPC, HSP Besides thoroughly educating yourself about the acronymn D.O.E.S. created by Dr. Elaine Aron, I highly encourage to consider the the following 11 suggestions for thriving as an HSP.   1. Search for ways to live a balanced life, including spiritual, occupational, social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and creative. […]

Depth of Processing

Depth of processing is the most basic aspect of our SPS trait, and results in the deep, rich inner life most HSPs experience. Research has shown more brain activation in the prefrontal cortex and in a part of the brain called the insula which has sometimes been referred to as the ‘seat of consciousness.’ This creates the tendency to reflect more than others about the “way the world is going or “the meaning of life.” By integrating information and experiences, from both past and present, the HSP’s unique depth of processing can enable a sense and understanding of longer term consequences and may be able to influence future decisions with more creative and expansive thought.