• The Highly Sensitive Person's Complete Learning Program

  • Essential Insights and Tools for Navigating Your Work, Relationships, and Life
  • By: Elaine Aron PhD
  • Narrated by: Elaine Aron PhD
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Are you a highly sensitive person? Here's the essential course to thrive in the world. 

Are you sensitive to bright lights, loud noises, strong smells, or coarse fabrics?
Do other people’s moods and needs strongly affect you?
On busy days, do you ever wish you could withdraw to a quiet, private place?
Are you deeply moved by the arts or music?
Do you have a rich inner life? 

If so, you may be an HSP. 

In her groundbreaking 1996 book The Highly Sensitive Person, Dr. Elaine Aron first brought the trait to light, validating the unique lives of one-fifth of the population. 

With this in-depth audio learning program - taught by Elaine herself, a fellow HSP - she invites us to learn the full scope of what we now know about high sensitivity, including many new research findings and life strategies. 

Join her to explore: 

  • What high sensitivity is
  • How to assess if you're an HSP 
  • Compelling research
  • The five key needs of HSPs
  • Self-care essentials for thriving in our overstimulating world
  • Succeeding in intimate relationships and at work 
  • Supporting the highly sensitive child
  • And much more...

"High sensitivity is neither a disorder nor a reason to brag," Elaine Aron makes clear. "It's an asset that we need to protect and use." With this immersive learning experience, she offers an essential, in-depth resource to help us do so.

©2019 Elaine Aron, PhD (P)2019 Sounds True

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  • 09-11-20

This Is Life Changing

For those with the trait, this book is game changing. It’s a lot of information to get through, but so much of it inspired light bulb moments. I will probably listen to it again. I feel like I actually have a road map now. Before this book, I kept running into energetic land mines I couldn’t explain. She explains them all here. I appreciated Dr Aron’s calm direct delivery. I found it relaxing. Thank you for devoting 25 years to this topic, Elaine Aron! You have helped so many.

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Very helpful

The program was very helpful to me, it points out things that you could miss about yourself, it also helps you to understand yourself better

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Highly Sensitive People— you need to hear this!

While the presentation of statistics and information from studies may get a bit monotonous at times while listening to hours of this audiobook, trust me— if you are a highly sensitive person, you should set aside the time to listen to this. You will feel validated, understood, and you will walk away with some practical ideas of how to improve the quality of your life, including your relationships and your job, as a person who deeply processes everything and tends to get overstimulated easily, requiring you to isolate yourself from others often. If you thought something was wrong with you because you needed so much alone time or have been struggling in over-committing at work or by empathizing too much with needy people, well,... you will find that 15- 20% of the population has this trait, and you are not alone! This audiobook offers great research and hope for the future for HSP. I highly recommend.

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It was a struggle to listen to her drone on.

Definitely a struggle to finish listening to... i eventually mentally wandered and tuned her out... then gave up. Nothing ground breaking here, just more of her talking about herself and her needs and turn offs.

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As enjoyable as a silk comforter

I love this book and its minute breaks to contemplate! I felt like Elaine was in my living room with me.
After listening, I quickly recommended it to several relatives.
I have enjoyed reviewing the notes I took while listening the first time. A day later, I am already listening to it again.
I now can relax and be happy just being me and look at my past with a new understanding. Life is good.

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one of the most helpful books I've ever read

Elaine thank you for writing this book it was very helpful to me as a man because a lot of men don't talk about this kind of stuff it definitely helps me accept my traits and know that it's okay and become more curious about learning about it learning about myself and really bringing more love and kindness into the world by knowing myself my traits my value and my special talents so thank you

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Loved it all but the stop & think chime

This is all me and I really appreciate it but she has to know that chime is WAY TOO LOUD for any HSP around right? It drove me nuts the whole book!

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The bell is awful

If she had left out the bell this book would of been excellent. I don’t mind slow narrators. It gives me processing time. But the awful bell actually hurts my ears and spikes my blood pressure. The book was informative and interesting and if you like bells then listen to it.

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Finally, someone understands me.

Needed this 20 years ago but glad I didn't have to wait 20 more. If you are a highly sensitive person, or have a close relationship with one, you need this book. If you're at the point of looking into reading this, you can't go on without it. I could go on and on but I'll sum it up to say, reading this book will be one of the best things you ever do for yourself and everyone around you. This book is long.. I listened to this book over a few months and it was good having the time for the information to sink in as I was learning it. The understanding I have now changes my life for the better every day.

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Hard to follow and winding and winding, some chapters not relavant - ebook is very long and boring to listen to .

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  • 12-20-19

really helped me

I would recommend having a notebook beside you as listen so you can note down the phrases that jump out to you so you can think about them clearly later.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-21

Be patient cause its worth it

Definitely slow pacing at the start you need to have patience. The authors voice is a bit odd at the beginning but quite comforting when you get used to it. The last 4 chapters are the most interesting in my opinion. One thing that i found boring is the research data. I know those data give credibility to the HSP concept but i found this chapter quite boring to be honest

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  • richard2
  • 11-11-20

Too many bells!

Very frequent pauses during which one is instructed to think, punctuated by the ringing of a bell. Really irritating (or am I over sensitive!) Nothing new or profound to think about either, unfortunately.

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  • 08-11-22

Actively made me feel hopeless and depressed

If you are a highly sensitive person who has not had the breaks in the creative, academic or corporate worlds that the author assumes we are all entitled to, please avoid this book. Most people are simply not able to make the adjustments in their lives she suggests e.g. take 1 out of 4 weeks off work to find their calm place. Yeah, right.

The generalisations are astounding. Having told us that roughly a third of HSPs are extroverts, the author then works to the assumption we are all shy, retiring, misunderstood geniuses. We just need be a little more assertive to blossom and be appreciated. For most of us, it's a little more complicated than that, but we are mere mortals. Despite her assertion that HSPs are modest, we learn that she and her husband are GREAT! I skipped large parts because they were deeply irrelevant e.g her endless observations on boardrooms in "corporate" workplaces.

Her brief observations about status and depression finished me off. She offered no constructive advice about dealing or living with the low status that often makes HSPs depressed, let alone changing it. I'd struggled through depression recently and was on the up. She pitched me straight on the down again.

She includes a bit of interesting science toward the start, but otherwise no good advice here for anybody living outside the author's ivory tower.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-22

Helpful, thought provoking & calming

Very useful as an HSP. Less into the Spirituality chapter, personally. Last chapter particularly helpful

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  • 05-26-21

wonderful

wonderful thank you so much!! that gong is way too intense though hehe, otherwise amazing

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  • Daniel Olival
  • 05-03-21

Good to know nothing’s wrong with me!

All my life, a lot of close friendships fell apart because I was perceived as “too caring” or “too sensitive”, and I’ve always felt ashamed and always had to distance myself from relationships to ease the other person(s) from feeling resentment towards me. It’s good to know that there’s actually nothing wrong with me, just knowing that it’s a trait gives me great sense of peace and calm that I’m not crazy and that it’s something that I don’t have to explain myself or prove to anyone that I’m not “weird/crazy”. Thank you for sharing your research and these tools to help us manage it, and be aware of it more, and giving it a voice and a name of something that we knew was within us all along, but couldn’t prove that it was real or provide tangible evidence that we didn’t make it up!