Understanding Grief for Sensitive Souls
According to research psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron, approximately 20% of the population are highly sensitive people (HSP), and the trait is equally divided between males and females. Being an HSP can be a great strength when understood. HSPs are drawn to valued supportive roles in progressive societies.
HSPs have powerful senses easily stimulated so they experience the world differently than others. Empaths are HSPs who can also feel and even absorb energy from others. Both are usually very intuitive. Either may struggle more than others when coping with grief and loss. It may be empowering to understand the strengths of being a sensitive person, and how to deal with specific challenges.
“Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize feelings. Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you, world-class nurturers.” – Judith Orloff, MD
Dr. Elaine Aron earned her M.A. from York University in Toronto in clinical psychology and her Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute in clinical depth psychology as well as interning at the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco. Besides beginning the study of the innate temperament trait of high sensitivity in 1991, she, along with her husband Dr. Arthur Aron, are two of the leading scientists studying the psychology of love and close relationships. They are also pioneers in studying both sensitivity and love using functional magnetic resonance imaging. She maintains a small psychotherapy practice in Mill Valley, CA. HSPerson.com
Dr. Michael R. Smith
For over two decades, noted self-help author Dr. Michael R. Smith has been a global leader in the field of personal growth and transformation. He is an author and works to help empaths and highly sensitive people recognize and embrace their gifts. He is a doctoral trained counselor, former energy medicine practitioner, and spiritual medium. He has personally coached several thousand individuals to make stronger connections between mind, body, and Spirit. EmpathConnection.com
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