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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529304145

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“If you’re an HSP, Deborah Ward is the friend who finally ‘gets’ it…” – Jenn Granneman, co-founder of HighlySensitiveRefuge.com, author of The Secret Lives of Introverts

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person? If so, you probably find the world to be an overwhelming place. You may struggle with loud, bright or busy situations; your senses are frequently over-stimulated, and you may be a true empath, feeling the pain of others deeply, putting the needs of those around you above your own.

In this blend of memoir, scientific research and practical guide, Deborah Ward – author of the popular blog ‘Sense and Sensitivity’ (Psychology Today) – shares her journey as an HSP from childhood to adulthood. Through her experiences with over-stimulation, work, socializing, relationships and self-discovery, she uncovers the joys of sensitivity, including intellectual curiosity, empathy, compassion and creativity. Each chapter includes a list of practical suggestions that will inform, console, reassure and inspire you, helping you to better understand who you are and what you need to thrive as an HSP.

It is not your destiny to live quietly, hiding in fear; nor is it your duty to try to act like everyone else. Being highly sensitive can be challenging, but it is also a gift; it is your gift.


"A valuable book for highly sensitive people and those close to them... highly readable"
Martin Scholtz, Consultant Psychiatrist
"a helpful and clearly written guide to coping with High Sensitivity... I came away feeling enlightened and heartened"
Julia Wood
"A fascinating and inspiring read."
Laurence French
"A frank, wise and honest book... You'll feel uplifted and empowered after reading it."
Jayne Thompson, Truity Psychometrics
This book makes one want to hug the word 'sensitive' to one's breast and never let it go.
Barbara Allen-Williams, National Centre for High Sensitivity CIC
"an excellent resource for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of what it means to be an HSP, either for themselves or for the HSP in their life."
Jenn Granneman, co-founder of HighlySensitiveRefuge.com, author of 'The Secret Lives of Introverts'
"To be sensitive is not the same thing as to be weak: books like this let us know that there are all kinds of normal."
Hannah Walker
"There is something for everyone in this book... Easy and enjoyable to read, thanks to the personal growth shared by Deborah about her own journey to empowerment as a highly sensitive person."
Jacquelyn Strickland, Licensed Professional Counselor and Co-Founder with Dr. Elaine Aron of the HSP Gathering Retreats