Extremely Delicate People: Why Practicioners Should Care About Great Sensitivity

High Understanding is a naturally sourced and non-pathological personal distinction which is associated with a specific intellectual handling design and usually, but not always with introverted disposition.

Social emotional therapist Elaine Aron ‘s (1995) indicates that 15 to 20% of the general inhabitants will have the natural temperamental distinction which she calls “High Sensitivity” (HS), or for analysis reasons, Neurological Processing Understanding (SPS).

30% to 50% of our treatment customers may be affected

High Understanding may perform an unsuspected part in the problems of many of our psychiatric treatment customers.

Because their sensitivity predisposes them to over-stimulation and problems in challenging surroundings, Aron indicates that this feature may lead to troubles of 30 to 50% of medical inhabitants that we see in our talking to rooms.

Common problems refer to sensory breathing difficulties and emotional sensitivity

Highly Delicate customers explain feeling both good and bad feelings extremely and replying strongly to emotional and physical stimulating elements.

Delicate individuals can be worried by sounds, odors, and disorderly circumstances.
They have a very specific intellectual design and take in more activation from their atmosphere realizing details and fine variations. As a result they are often confused in circumstances which do not trouble others.
They may have difficulty in making decisions as they battle to arrange specific views and multiple thought outcome circumstances.
They may be introverts who seem to have a “thin skin,” who can be hurt or disappointed or are extremely scared of harmful others.
They may be “touchy” and have powerful emotional reactions to things that do not disappointed others
These variations influence the person’s reactions to their atmosphere from birth.

Because HS disposes a person to have powerful reactions to stresses, Aron indicates that under certain circumstances, HS may make an increased weeknesses to psychopathology.

When unknown and poorly managed by instructors and mother and father HS may perform out into a whole range of typical psycho-pathologies… including public fear, somatization and avoidant character styles and relationship complications.

Sensitive individuals have an impact on others as well…

While sensitive individuals are often innovative, careful and empathic mother and father, associates and friends, when they are pressured… or if they have never learned how to deal with their unique features successfully, they may make stress and complications for those around them.

Many of our non-sensitive patients have had Extremely Delicate mother and father, children, associates or co-workers and have fought… sometimes since child years… with misunderstandings and disappointment and disrupted connections because of a lack of know-how of the feature in significant others.

A specialist who is well-informed about HS can do a great help their non-sensitive customers understand their connections with HS members of the family, both in the past and in the present, and help them to use this knowledge to interact more efficiently and nicely with HS individuals in their group.

What a specialist needs to know

A well advised specialist wanting to work efficiently with HS customers should be able to:

Describe the determining features of Great Understanding,
Discuss how Understanding impacts child years development and adult socializing,
Differentiate HS from emotional problems such as sensitivity due to PTSD and character disorders

In terms of practical skills, a specialist should be able to:

Use Aron’s HSP Range to officially or informally evaluate sensitivity.
Identify complicated and simple HS
Look at the treatment needs of Delicate clients
Apply typical psychiatric treatment techniques in the treatment of Extremely Delicate customers to advertise modification and treatment.

Suggestion for further reading:

For more details for therapists on this subject, I recommend Dr Elaine Aron’s excellent book:

“Psychotherapy for the Extremely Delicate Person; Improving Results for That Community of People Who Are the Majority of Clients”

(Routledge Press, 2010)

In this guide you will find the HSP evaluation scale as well as suggestions for adjusting treatment for HSP’s, details about the analysis background assisting the concept, and an helpful and useful section on differential analysis.