Have you ever been told you are too sensitive? There can be a log of stigma around being a sensitive person. Being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is an incredible blessing. Today on the podcast we are talking about being sensitive and strong with author Cheri Gregory.
In this episode I ask Cheri:
- What does Highly Sensitive mean?
- What are some traits of Highly Sensitive People?
- What does it mean to be Sensitive and Strong?
- What tips do you have for our sensitive listeners to help manage in an overwhelming world?
- Are all HSP introverts?
What does Highly Sensitive mean? What are some traits of Highly Sensitive People?
First off being highly sensitive does Not mean easily offended. The phrase was coined by Dr. Elaine Aron who outlines 5 key characteristics of highly sensitive people.
- Time to process
- Easily over-stimulated (sensory processing sensitivity)
- Feel things intensely (can be processed internally or externally)
- Pick up on nuances and fine details
Being sensitive is often seen as a weakness. I love the title of your book. What does it mean to be Sensitive and Strong?
Being sensitive is not the same as weakness. There are gifts that come with being sensitive. When writing the book Cheri wanted everyone to know that you can be sensitive and strong. But it isn’t all about inner stength and sensitive super powers. Jesus is the strength of every tender heart.
What tips do you have for our sensitive listeners to help manage in an overwhelming world?
Overwhelmed is a word that comes up often for HSP. Some key tips are:
- Developing awareness and learning what is true about the way you are wired.
- Stewardship is not self care in a fluffy way
- Be proactive and find out what helps you
- Make a care kit
- Think about how can I take personal responsibibltiy for my response
- Embrace preparation for what may come up
- Family events – make a plan
We are not creating a new victim culture because we are not defective. There is a mindset shift in realizing I need to take care of myself, no one else can.
Are all HSP introverts?
About 70% are introverts. We are all wired differently but it isn’t that everyone has to be an introvert. Wether you are an introvert or an extrovert it really helps to be aware of your energy depletion
We also talked about:
Some of the qualities of being HSP are inherently wired for leadership. There are many valid ways to lead including servant leadership. There is a lot of mindset shifts to embracing being highly sensitive. It isn’t an either/or way of thinking.
Meet Cheri Gregory
Through Scripture and storytelling, Cheri Gregory delights in helping women draw closer to Jesus, the strength of every tender heart. She is the co-leader of Sensitive and Strong: the place for the HSP Christian woman to find connection; the co-host, with Amy Carroll, of Grit ’n’ Grace—the Podcast; the founder of Write Beside You communicator coaching; and the coauthor, with Kathi Lipp, of You Don’t Have to Try So Hard and Overwhelmed. Cheri speaks locally and internationally for women’s events and educational conferences. She and her college sweetheart, Daniel, have been married for more than three decades and live on the central California coast.
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