The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You by Karyn Hall
Hypersensitivity has been gaining considerably more coverage over the last couple of years. There are more resources available both to professionals, as well as general public. This is one of those books that will be a useful tool for both therapists and laymen. If you keep hearing "you're just too sensitive" over and over again, if it sometimes feels to you that you feel and experience things more intensely than those around you, if you find yourself overwhelmed by your emotions, if you have a love one who might be emotionally sensitive and are not sure whether that's even a "thing" - this book is definitely for you.
This book is an extremely useful tool in both helping you establish whether you might be an emotionally sensitive person, as well as aid you in the process of learning how to manage your emotions better. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of hypersensitivity and then offers an exercise or exercises that will help the reader address and modify that particular aspect. The e-book provides online tools for printing the exercise forms which I found handy.
Both the language and the instruction Karyn Hall offers are easy to understand and to follow. Her approach draws on the principles/therapies I professionally believe are the most effective - cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices. Regardless of where you might be on the emotional sensitivity spectrum, these exercises are easily applied to our daily lives to help reduce stress, aid in analyzing what lies below emotions we are experiencing, help us communicate better, and in general improve the quality of our life and our relationships. (and who does not want that)
In terms of professional application, I've already started integrating some of these tasks to help the clients I work with understand their . emotions better (especially through in combination with journal writing). I find that a lot of these chapters can be adapted (by the therapist) to become useful tools when working with any client who is going through an intensely emotional period. This is a book that has found a permanent place on my "professional bookshelf."
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.