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As a highly sensitive person (HSP) herself and a psychotherapist, Aron is in a strong position to provide
guidance to parents who are raising highly sensitive children (HSCs), and provides here a wealth of useful suggestions
and case studies. The author, who has studied and written about what she calls "high sensitivity" (The Highly Sensitive
Person), states that this is a personality trait that occurs in 15% to 20% of the population. Although HSCs tend to be
"empathetic, smart, intuitive, careful and conscientious," they are also easily overstimulated and require informed
parenting in order to prevent temper tantrums, stress illnesses and the avoidance of pleasurable group activities. Aron
offers helpful advice that will assist both nonsensitive and highly sensitive parents through all stages of their
child's development from infancy to adolescence. For example, since HSCs have great difficulty with change, it is
necessary to prepare them gently so that they do not feel powerless during transitions. According to the author, there
are four basic strategies that will help an HSC to become a happy adult: parents should foster their child's
self-esteem, try to reduce the feelings of shame HSCs may develop because they are different, employ only mild positive
discipline and learn how to talk positively to teachers and friends about their HSC so that interactions will be
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From the Inside Flap
The bestselling author and psychologist whose books have topped 240,000 copies in print now addresses the
trait of high sensitivity in childrenand offers a breakthrough parenting guidebook for highly sensitive children and
their caregivers. With the publication of The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron became the first person to identify
the inborn trait of high sensitivity and to show how it affects the lives of those who possess it. Up to 20 percent of
the population is born highly sensitive, and now in The Highly Sensitive Child, Aron shifts her focus to highly
sensitive children, who share the same characteristics as highly sensitive adults and thus face unique challenges as
they grow up.
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