The internet has recently been set ablaze with articles about “Highly Sensitive People”.
The term was coined by Dr. Elaine Aron in 1996 with the release of her groundbreaking book, The Highly Sensitive Person. In recent months outlets such as The Huffington Post and Wall Street Journal have published articles about the inherited trait. It is wonderful that many highly sensitive adults are receiving validation they they are not “too sensitive” or “overly emotional”, messages many HSPs receive as children.
If you are raising a Highly Sensitive Child it is helpful to know that 15-20% of the population is born with this genetic trait and from an evolutionary perspective, it is valuable asset. Here are some tips to help your highly sensitive child thrive: