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 social media sights today. This does not automatically imply a “friendship” so much as a moment in time when one is is allowed to see and be seen, to understand and be understood.

Here is another top ten list that is shared at the HSP Gathering Retreats. Many of you have asked that it be printed in my newsletter … so, here it is ~ a gift to you ~ with my sincerest wish that you also have a HSP friend or connection in your life with whom you can share a part of life’s journey with.

1. The safety of the relationship provides us with a forum within which to fully “come out” and reveal ourselves as a highly sensitive person.

2. It provides us with validation and acknowledgment – allowing us to be seen, heard and understood.

3. It relieves pressure, tension and energy drain from not being authentically seen or heard in our daily lives.

4. It creates an avenue for fuller self-expression of our Spirit, including our emotions, imaginations, and perceptions, often leading us to wonderful (inner) places and (outer) possibilities never before revealed.

5. It provides us a place to share our vivid and often intense experiences of the world around us.

6. It focuses on our strengths, opens our heart and infuses us with a sacred innocence and joy.

7. It helps us move beyond blind faith to a feeling of “faith like prayers just heard.”

8. It can take the pressure off others, especially our non-HSP partners or friends, who may find it tiring to go the depths we naturally find energizing, nurturing, and supportive.

9. It can keep us focused on what really matters and away from irrelevant details which can ultimately drain our energy.

10. It can provide us with a mirror that allows us to fully see, hear, and feel our own energies which can then serve as validation and clarification for the depth of our perceptions.

Molly and Pumpkin

This list comes from my personal experience and was co-created with my special HSP friend and dyad partner, Molly, back in 2001.  Thank you, Molly.

Some of you might remember meeting Molly at the 6th HSP Gathering Retreat near Sequoia National Park in the fall of 2004, and also at the Colorado HSP Gathering Retreat in Colorado in the fall of 2007.

P.S. And did I say : 
“ These same top ten reasons  are often experienced at the HSP Gathering Retreats ! ”

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Jacquelyn Strickland

Jacquelyn became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1993, and began working exclusively with highly sensitive people in 2001, shortly after the first HSP Gathering Retreat in May of 2001. Her private psychotherapy practice has now transitioned to mentoring and coaching, which is not therapy, yet definitely therapeutic for most clients. She also offers consultations and accepts speaking engagements about the trait of Sensory Processing Sensitivity. She is a member of ICHS – International Consultants High Sensitivity, a professional, national, and international group of HSPs who were trained by Elaine Aron in March of 2018. She makes a cameo appearance in the 2015 documentary film: Sensitive: The Untold Story, available at

Although not always able to accept new clients, please do inquire here about how and if we might best work together.

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.