Every Highly Sensitive Person Book Makes a Difference
Every HSP has a favorite highly sensitive person book. And there’s a good reason for that.
For over 20 years, research has continually improved our understanding of what it means to be a highly sensitive person. The fields of psychology, neurology, and therapy practice have found over and over that this trait is normal, healthy, and in many cases, a powerful gift.
But there’s still a lot of misunderstanding in the world about highly sensitive people (HSPs), and there are still HSPs out there who don’t understand their trait. Countless others know they are highly sensitive, but still struggle to deal with overwhelm, anxiety, and simply being understood.
Here, we’ve collected some of our favorite highly sensitive person books. Of course, no book has all the answers… but if you’re a highly sensitive person, books can be a powerful way to gain understanding and insight into how your mind works (and how to get it to work for you).
Our Favorite Highly Sensitive Person Books
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You (Elane N. Aron)
For many of us, this is the book that first taught us what it means to be a highly sensitive person — and how we can tap into this trait to live our best lives. Dr. Elaine Aron is the psychologist who, along with her husband, pioneered our understanding of high sensitivity, and first helped it gain recognition as a valid, normal, healthy trait.
Strongly recommended for getting to know your own high sensitivity, or helping others understand it. Click here to get it now.
The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide (Ted Zeff)
This book focuses in on what we all need: simple, realistic strategies for managing the tough parts of being a highly sensitive person. That includes dealing with overstimulating or “loud” environments, distractions, overwhelming emotions, and social situations — as well as getting to know your high sensitivity on a deeper level.
Recommended if you want to make life a little bit easier (or drop some hints to a roommate). Click here to check it out.
The Strong, Sensitive Boy (Ted Zeff)
Most of the time, girls have it undeniably harder than boys. But when it comes to being a highly sensitive person, that might just be reversed. This book is aimed at parents who believe their son is sensitive, and who don’t want him to be bullied, belittled or put down for this powerful part of his personality. (The author has also written about sensitive boys on this site.)
Recommended if you have a son, nephew or student who is sensitive — and want him to thrive. Click here to give it a read.
Brain Training for the Highly Sensitive Person (Julie Bjelland)
Talk about a powerhouse! This book uses proven therapeutic techniques to take on anxiety, stress and emotional overload — all presented in a thoughtful warm-hearted way. Author Julie Bjelland draws on years of clinical practice working specifically with HSPs. The book offers inspiration, self-insight and a hands-on method to reshape your brain.
Recommended if you want your emotions to work with you, not against you. Click here to get it now.
Other HSP Books
These are books we have not personally read, but have heard good things about or read excerpts from — we hope you find them useful!
Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child (Elena Jinkins)
This is a handbook of effective parenting strategies for sensitive kids. From the cover: “Do you know what it takes to raise well a highly sensitive child? Are you confident that you can help your child reach their maximum potential while also keeping them healthy and happy? If you are not quite sure about how to do so, then this book is the right choice for you.” Get it here.
Of course, these aren’t the only highly sensitive books out there… we plan to add more in the future.
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