Friday, August 20, 2010

The highly sensitive child By Elaine N. Aron
649.1 Aro

A highly sensitive child is one of the fifteen to twenty percent of children born with a nervous system that is highly aware and quick to react to everything. This makes them quick to grasp subtle changes, prefer to reflect deeply before acting, and generally behave conscientiously. They are also easily overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, sudden changes, and the emotional distress of others. Because children are a blend of a number of temperament traits, some HSCs are fairly difficult--active, emotionally intense, demanding, and persistent--while others are calm, turned inward, and almost too easy to raise except when they are expected to join a group of children they do not know. But outspoken and fussy or reserved and obedient, all HSCs are sensitive to their emotional and physical environment.

Review by Jennifer Stubbs: I’ve been told I have a thin skin and I take things too personally, so I tried this one out, and found several ideas to try out. This book explored a more accurate understanding of people often labeled “shy” or inhibited. Real life stories of situations help you diagnose yourself or your child, then each chapter ends with a list of steps to improve how you can cope with a loud, boisterous world. She focuses on making quiet time, space, and accepting non-activity as “resetting” tools for sensitive personalities. The doctor explains several different types of sensitivity, beyond temperament or personality, and encourages the reader that you can still lead a full and normal life at your own pace and volume.