Do you find conflict overwhelming?

Do you find conflict overwhelming?

Many sensitive people find conflict overwhelming. And we can find it particularly daunting to fight with the person to whom we usually turn for comfort and understanding. To keep our relationships healthy, we need ways to keep overarousal at bay—even when the going... Read more
“I’m socially awkward…”

“I’m socially awkward…”

Jill, a highly sensitive (HSP) client, came to see me and expressed pain about feeling misunderstood.  “I’m just socially awkward,” she said. “It seems like when I try to do something heartfelt, I end up being too nice, too friendly, or too... Read more
Tips for talking about tough subjects

Tips for talking about tough subjects

Dealing with conflict can be a big challenge for sensitive people.  We can be like the aptly named sensitive fern (onoclea sensibilis, pictured in the photo): when things get frosty, we want to shrivel up and die. How do you bring up at touchy topic with a family... Read more
Why I really, really need my own room

Why I really, really need my own room

I love my office. I feel so lucky to have it. I have two big desks. I can see trees, grass, flowers, and birds from three windows. I have a comfortable couch that turns into an even more comfortable bed. The room looks especially fresh and bright because we... Read more