The Highly Sensitive Person Podcast

Synopsis

Are you highly observant and conscientious? Do you experience joy, discomfort, empathy, and emotions very intensely? Are you easily overstimulated or bothered by small changes in your environment? You arent alone. You just might be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). In this podcast, host and blogger Kelly shares real-life experiences that may have you nodding and thinking: I thought I was the only one who felt that way!Introverts, people with shyness and social anxiety may also find comfort and camaraderie here. Remember--you arent crazy or weirdjust highly sensitive!

Episodes

  • Ep. 74: Podcast Update!

    Ep. 74: Podcast Update!

    24/04/2017 Duration: 02min

    It’s been a while since there was a new podcast episode! In this episode, I give a brief update on what’s going on with the show!

  • 73. Dealing with houseguests

    73. Dealing with houseguests

    26/12/2016

    A while ago, I received a listener request to do an episode about dealing with people staying at your house--houseguests. Here it is!

  • 72. Interview with Susan Cain, author of Quiet

    72. Interview with Susan Cain, author of Quiet

    07/12/2016

    When I started this podcast, my #1 dream guest was Susan Cain. So, I'm very happy to bring this episode to you today. Susan's 2012 book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking was my first introduction to introversion. The book changed my life (and thousands of others worldwide) because it changed how I saw myself. It was through learning about introversion that I learned about high sensitivity; I wouldn't be typing this to you today without her book as the inception. More about Susan Cain: Susan is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution, a site that features advice and stories for introverts and extroverts alike on how to appreciate our quiet sides. She is the author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages and been on the New York Times bestseller list for over four years. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 15 million times. She i

  • 71. The Highly Sensitive Podcaster with Andy Mort

    71. The Highly Sensitive Podcaster with Andy Mort

    04/11/2016

    Today's episode features Andy Mort of the Gentle Rebel podcast (formerly known as the Sheep Dressed like Wolves podcast). We talk about what it's like to be a Highly Sensitive Person and a podcaster. (He interviewed me on his show recently, too: listen here!) Some of the topics covered in this episode include: receiving negative feedback, making money, and tips for people who want to start their own show. You can get in touch with Andy on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and find his music here. Looking for a Community for HSPs? Join The Haven! As mentioned in this episode, Andy's HSP community, The Haven, is open for registration from Nov. 4-10, 2016. The Haven is a private membership site completely dedicated to HSPs. There's two years of great content available--like high-quality videos, interviews, collaborative projects, and blog posts--which have been created specifically to help support, encourage, and inspire HSPs in a range of areas, and Andy's always coming out with new content, too. My favorite part mig

  • 70. Loneliness  the Importance of Relationships with Dr. Amy Banks

    70. Loneliness & the Importance of Relationships with Dr. Amy Banks

    16/10/2016 Duration: 37min

    Recently someone posted this question in the introvert subreddit on reddit: "How to deal with half wanting new friends and half wanting to be a hermit?"   I hear and read questions like this all the time from introverts and introverted HSPs. We cherish being alone, and then sometimes wonder if we can get along without worrying about having relationships. After all, relationships are time consuming, difficult, and can be painful.   But then we often realize that we cannot exist alone. It might seem easier to avoid relationships, but it is bad for our mental and physical health. Humans were built to need and thrive on connection with others.   A Vice.com interview with Amy Banks, PhD, titled, "An Expert Explains Why You Feel So Lonely All the Time" really piqued my interest in this topic. I loved Dr. Banks' scientific explanation of why having quality relationships is so important.   Dr. Banks was an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is now the Director of Advanced Training at Jean Baker Mi

  • 69. Curious about Meditation?

    69. Curious about Meditation?

    17/09/2016

    This episode is for those who have never tried meditation, are curious about it, or who have tried it but felt like they didn't "get" it. Meditation has helped me a lot over the past year. There was a time when I didn't think I could do it. I didn't understand what meditation was and whether I was doing it "right". I hope to reach other people, like me, who didn't think meditation would work for them. I hope this will inspire you to give it another try, because it can be rewarding. My favorite meditation apps: Calm Headspace Meditation Studio by Gaiam Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. A special thank you to S.W., the newest supporter! Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

  • 68. Self-realizations from a few years of knowing Im an HSP

    68. Self-realizations from a few years of knowing I'm an HSP

    18/08/2016

    Discovering the concept of high sensitivity and learning you are a Highly Sensitive Person can be a major life moment for some people. It was for me! Now that I've been living with this knowledge for a few years (and learning more all the time!), I reflected in this episode on some positive realizations I've had about myself since learning I'm an HSP. Making this list felt really good; I hope it may serve as a prompt to consider your own experiences. How has your life changed since learning about HSPs?   Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works.    Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

  • 67. A view of HSPs from a non-HSP: interview with Al Motter

    67. A view of HSPs from a non-HSP: interview with Al Motter

    20/07/2016

    Today's guest, Al Motter, is one of the hosts of the excellent Introvert Extrovert podcast. He's the "Introvert" out of the two hosts, but he doesn't have the trait of high sensitivity.   In this episode, Al talks about how he sometimes wishes he was more sensitive, and how a recent bout of medication gave him a few weeks of heightened sensitivity--resulting in some fascinating insights into our world. H   is perspective, as an outsider to the HSP world, can help HSPs see the larger picture: there ARE a lot of great things about being able to feel deeply!   He also talks about tutoring crying kids, why physically larger males are "allowed" to cry, and loving Benihana restaurant (which I hate).   Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. A special thank you to Rebecca Hilder, the newest supporter!     Podcast music attribution: Bu

  • 66. The worst places on earth for HSPs

    66. The worst places on earth for HSPs

    29/06/2016

    Overstimulation. Noise, chaos, bright lights, smells, crowds. These are the highly sensitive person's kryptonite. I've brainstormed a list of what I think are the worst places on earth for HSPs. This episode is a little different than most—this isn’t advice, or a serious topic. It is sort of tongue-in-cheek, a little sarcastic, and even a bit silly. It’s more about pondering all the things that set off HSPs and then thinking which places have a lot of those things. So, disclaimer: don’t take this too seriously. Not everyone will agree with this list.   **NEWS** 1. In the next week or two, I'm doing a call-in show! You can call me on Skype and ask questions or just share your thoughts and comments on high sensitivity. Make sure you're on my twice-monthly mailing list to get the details and times. Visit highlysensitiveperson.net.   2. I'm creating an HSP Entrepreneur Mastermind group! This small, select group will be facilitated by me, and will meet virtually on a regular basis to share and get support for proj

  • 65. Narcissists  Highly Sensitive People

    65. Narcissists & Highly Sensitive People

    10/06/2016

    Did you know that highly sensitive people and narcissists tend to be attracted to each other? I've welcomed Nikki Eisenhauer onto the show today to discuss what a narcissist is and why HSPs can be drawn to people with narcissistic personality disorder. I think it's important for HSPs to be aware of this topic so they can identify and deal with harmful relationships. Nikki is an engaging guest and does a great job of explaining this topic in a digestible way. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), chemical dependency counselor (LCDC), yoga and meditation teacher, and possible budding comedian. In this episode, we talk about: What is a narcissist vs. sociopath personality, The difference between anxiety and intuition, What it's like to be an HSP and a therapist, What most therapists don't know about HSPs, Why improv might be good for HSPs, and more! Nikki specializes in trauma, grief and loss, addiction, and has come to understand what wounds, drives, and heals Highly Sensitive People. Her most recent

  • 64: Oliver Burkeman on Happiness  Negative Thinking

    64: Oliver Burkeman on Happiness & Negative Thinking

    12/05/2016 Duration: 54min

    I'm thrilled to have on the podcast Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking. Oliver is a writer for The Guardian. In his column titled, "This column will change your life", he explores ideas around social psychology, self-help culture, productivity, and the science of happiness.   The Antidote was one of those books that came at the right time in my life. I was struggling with insomnia, brought on by anxiety....brought on by feeling like I wasn't achieving enough every day. This book helped me feel a lot more at peace about the "glass half empty" personality I've always had. It explains powerful concepts from Buddhism, Stoicism, Eckhart Tolle, Alan Watts (and more) in his entertaining, accessible, and lovely writing style. In this episode, we talk about: Why traditional "positive thinking" doesn't work, The downside of goal-setting, Embracing uncertainty, Meditation, Whether thinking too much makes you depressed, The answers he's still looking for, and

  • 63: I feel like Im drowning, like Im never caught up

    63: "I feel like I'm drowning, like I'm never caught up"

    25/04/2016 Duration: 14min

    Two acquaintances in the same week made similar comments to me out of nowhere: that they felt behind, like they weren't getting enough done in their work and businesses. It made me sad to hear that they were struggling and not feeling good about themselves. I can totally relate to the feeling of underachievement. I felt inspired to try to help those of us who can never live up to our own expectations. In this episode, I talk about: How we compare ourselves to others on social media, even though we know it's not reality. How happiness can only be now--not the future. Never being content; always wanting "the other thing". How we should stop saying "I should...." ....And stop beating ourselves up. Mentioned in this episode: Join The Haven, a community for HSPs. Registration is only available until April 28! It's only $1 for the first month and you can cancel anytime. Go to: highlysensitiveperson.net/haven Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or enter

  • 62. Six Hidden Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive

    62. Six Hidden Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive

    14/04/2016 Duration: 13min

    In episode 59, I started a 3-episode series about the positive aspects of being a Highly Sensitive Person. I talked about people who are celebrated for their sensitivity, like artists and musicians.   In today's show, I'm discussing what I think are 6 not-so-well-known benefits of being highly sensitive. We've all heard that HSPs have lots of empathy and are good listeners and connect with animals and stuff like that, but I tried to find some benefits that were a bit more hidden.   Take a listen to find out what they are!   (The third--upcoming--episode in this series will be about benefits in the professional workplace (jobs, career, etc) for HSPs.) Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. Sign up for my twice-monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on new podcast episodes, blog posts, and HSP news.   Podcast music attribution: B

  • 61: Amy Morin and Building Mental Strength

    61: Amy Morin and Building Mental Strength

    28/03/2016

    A popular misconception about Highly Sensitive people--to those who aren’t very familiar with the trait--is that HSPs are always emotionally fragile and not mentally strong. But this isn't true. You CAN be mentally strong and an HSP--it's all about your coping skills. That’s why I’m excited to share with you Episode 61's guest, Amy Morin, who is an expert on mental strength. Amy is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, professor, a TED talk speaker, and published author. In 2013, her post 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, went viral, and ended up being published into a bestselling book and translated into 20 languages. Her post was the most read article of all time on Forbes.com. I was moved by her story and the challenges she’s dealt with in her life, and how she’s found a way to thrive and become an authority on helping others learn how to better cope. In this episode, Amy talks about: The most common thing mentally strong people don't do How to build mental strength Why seeing a t

  • 60: The Extroverted Highly Sensitive Man: An Interview with Johnny Martinez

    60: The Extroverted Highly Sensitive Man: An Interview with Johnny Martinez

    14/03/2016

    The Highly Sensitive Podcast is for people with Sensory Processing Sensitivity--or those who want to better understand HSPs. In this show, I share personal stories, tips, rants, and occasionally interviews with interesting HSPs. Today's episode is a special treat! I've got an interview with an extroverted, highly sensitive, man. He's also a comedian and software engineer. It's Johnny Martinez of the Introvert Extrovert Podcast. In this episode, Johnny talks about: How being highly sensitive can help you crush job interviews Having a parent who is very not highly sensitive The benefits of being an extroverted HSP as a software engineer How comedy can be a defense mechanism Having a panic attack on stage! Ways to practice self-care as an HSP (mind, body, environment). This episode is almost an hour long, but it's worth it for Johnny's insight and interesting stories. Find Johnny and his podcast: Website: introextropod.com Twitter: @introextropod   Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and b

  • 59: People who are celebrated for their sensitivity

    59: People who are celebrated for their sensitivity

    02/03/2016

    I realized recently that I haven't done an episode (in detail) about the benefits of high sensitivity. HSPs are meant to be here. We have a role to play in this world. I plan to do a few episodes about this topic--since there is so much to cover--but this specific show is about the people who are celebrated for their sensitivity. That's right--those who are successful and respected due in part to their sensitive nature and what they bring to the world. Want to support the podcast? Become a Patron!  If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. Sign up for my twice-monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on new podcast episodes, blog posts, and HSP news. Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

  • 58: What is an Empath? With Caroline of The Happy Sensitive

    58: What is an Empath? With Caroline of The Happy Sensitive

    13/02/2016

    I've heard the word "empath" a lot, but didn't truly understand what it meant. I thought it maybe simply referred to people who experienced a lot of empathy....? But that didn't seem right. When searching for a simple explanation about empaths, I came up empty, until I found this great article on Caroline's website, The Happy Sensitive. It was then I knew that I just had to get Caroline on the podcast to help explain empaths! In this episode, we discuss: What is and isn't an empath The struggles and benefits of being an empath The difference between an empath, trained empath, and clair-sentient Energy and spiritual levels versus practical, psychological level Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. Sign up for my twice-monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on new podcast episodes, blog posts, and HSP news. Podcast music attri

  • 57. Interview with teen HSP, Daisy Gumin

    57. Interview with teen HSP, Daisy Gumin

    01/02/2016

    Meet Daisy Gumin. She's an 18-year-old Highly Sensitive Person and introvert. She and her mother went through a harrowing year and a half of trying to figure out what was "wrong" with Daisy. She had been displaying destructive, angry, depressive, and self-harming behavior. She went through lots of therapy, medications, hospitalizations, attended a therapeutic boarding school, and even a wilderness therapy program (she was taken there in the middle of the night without knowing where she was going!) Throughout this time, she was diagnosed with ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and more. After all that, she and her mother discovered Dr. Elaine Aron's book, The Highly Sensitive Person, and suddenly everything made sense. After so many misdiagnoses, they had found the key to understanding Daisy. She was highly sensitive. After that, the healing began.  Want to support the show? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per epi

  • 56. Best Jobs for HSPs (revisited)

    56. Best Jobs for HSPs (revisited)

    03/01/2016

    In the past, I've talked about what I thought were the best jobs for HSPs--and even the #1 best job (working for oneself). But over time, my thoughts on this have changed. In today's show, I explain how the best job for HSPs....depends. On so many factors. I also cover some of the challenges of working for oneself, and the one question you can ask a potential employer to help decide of their company culture will be a good fit. Resources mentioned on the show: The One Question You Should Ask About Every Job New York Times Other posts on this blog about jobs & careers: Here’s the best job for a highly sensitive person (or podcast version) Jobs and Careers for Highly Sensitive Persons (or podcast version) Is self-employment really the best for HSPs? HSP episode 50: how to stop wanting to escape your job HSP episode 33: An introvert in an extrovert’s job Want to support the show? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving

  • 55. Easily Grossed Out

    55. Easily Grossed Out

    18/12/2015

    In this episode, I share stories about things that have grossed me out--a cow lung, pinning insects, and dissecting pigs. I also discuss how HSPs might get "grossed out" more than people without the trait--touching on the vasovagel response. Mentioned on the show: Radiolab "The Heartbeat" episode The blog post version of this post:  Visceral Reactions to Blood & Guts Want to support the show? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. Thank you to my newest patron, Lindsay Marie! Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

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