Book Review: The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron

Its been a while since I’ve written in this blog, and not because I haven’t read bits and pieces here and there. But it occurred to me that perhaps I should write a bit about a very informative book. Elaine N. Aron wrote a book called The Highly Sensitive Person. In personal discussion, a friend told me how someone had recommended the book to her, and it changed her life. Recognizing some of the traits that this friend described in another person, I purchased the book, to read before passing it along. While some of it applied to me directly, (I am a sensitive person, though not highly so), I learned a lot of things that applied to some of the people I know. Since reading the book in August, I have passed it on to those who may get more value out of it than I. But, I would recommend it to anyone who may say yes to any of the questions listed on the book’s online description page:

Are you easily overwhelmed by stimuli? Affected by other people’s moods? Easily startled? Do you need to withdraw during busy times to a private, quiet place? Do you get nervous or shaky if someone is observing you or competing with you? Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Are you “too shy” or “too sensitive” according to others? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you?

Essentially, the book will affirm you, and help you to be at peace with this side of yourself. I hope it helps.