10am-4pm Sat 22 September 2018
Being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Basic Workshop
Presenter Aditee Ghate
Research has substantially established that there are two survival strategies in different species, including humans (Kagan, 1994), both associated with responses when engaging with environmental changes. Aron & Aron (1997) pursued these psychobiological differences in order to empirically understand the ‘observe, and then respond’ strategy which has been found in 15-25% of the general population (Kagan, 1994). Their studies resulted in the identification of an inherited temperament, which they named as Sensory-Processing Sensitivity: a uni-dimensional construct associated with high sensitivity to external stimuli. They named these individuals Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) who can be defined as innately reflective—having a greater consciousness about themselves, others, and their environment. This workshop would explore your sensitivity, the role of HSPs in our lives, myths associated with sensitivity and the clinical implications of working with HSPs. As many as 2 out of 10 individuals you meet in your life (or in your practice) are Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs). You may even be one yourself. This trait of ‘high sensitivity’ has been around since the evolution of life itself. It has been empirically researched and only recently been formally named. If you’d like to understand if you are one, or of someone you know is, visit: http://jaagran.org/selftest.html
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