Non Fiction Review: The Empowered Highly Sensitive Person

The Empowered Highly Sensitive Person by Amanda Cassil
The Empowered Highly Sensitive Person
by Amanda Cassil

5 out of 5 stars

As a Highly Sensitive Person, it is such a relief to have a book like this! It describes the HSP experience so clearly, and gives real and practical ideas for navigating the strong emotions and overwhelming sensations that come with having an HSP brain.

There is a quiz you can take to determine whether or not you are an HSP. The quiz says that if you score a 14 or higher, then you are an HSP. I scored a 24! I am extremely sensitive, and it’s always been a struggle. I’ve felt misunderstood my entire life, and have spent years telling myself, “Why can’t you be like other people? Why does this bother you so much? Why can’t you just let it go?” This book spoke so compassionately to my frustration and emotional pain, as well as my physical struggles.
I love that it is in the format of a workbook, where you can answer questions, think deeply, and formulate some new habits and ways of dealing with situations that cause you to get overwhelmed. Having an exit strategy or a plan for self-care, and establishing boundaries of what you can and cannot tolerate, are all so important for an HSP.

This book covers topics like emotional health in relationships, balancing your work life, taking care of your physical health and food sensitivities, navigating social situations and expectations, and especially the specific traits that are most common for an HSP. It starts with a broad topic and quickly gets specific, giving examples of real situations and problems, and guiding the reader to find creative solutions.

I really liked that the book has a balance of focusing on both the positive and negative aspects of being an HSP. Yes, it means we get overwhelmed from too much external stimuli, but it also means we can appreciate beauty and tune in to subtle artistry in ways that others are unable to do.

I’m so impressed with this book! The writing style is wonderful. The information is detailed and full of great truths and insights. The questions are thoughtful and go into deep emotional levels. An excellent book for any HSP, and even for anyone who is not an HSP themselves, but has a loved one who is.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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