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Unapologetically Sensitive

We explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives; the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity--and some of the challenges it poses as well. You may learn to live a bolder, brighter life.

Aug 20, 2019



The Five Superpowers of the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) & High Sensation Seeking (HSS)




Caroline Ferguson




Caroline Ferguson, whose Tedx talk is titled Unlocking the Secret Power of Sensitivity at Work, says burnout in the workplace is likely to be 2x higher for HSPs. She talks about the importance of curiosity, creativity and compassion and how this relates to High Sensation Seeking (HSS). Carolyn talks about the many specific strengths of HSPs, but also talks about optimal career choices that meet the need for novelty and intensity. If you have a low threshold for boredom and like new exciting things, you may be an HSS.



  • The 5 superpowers
    • Ability to notice—highly tuned in/ability to process at great depth
    • Rich creative imagination—daydreamers, creatives, solution providers
    • Highly conscientious—connected/concerns about others with a little bit of perfectionism
    • Empathy—noticing, observing, don’t want to let others down, get the job done properly
    • Intuition—noticing and spotting patterns at a level of detail, body language, tone of voice
  • Caroline’s superpowers—brainstorming, the use of words, language and stories
  • Caroline likes the terms Highly Responsive and Finely-Tuned to describe a Highly Sensitive Person
  • We need to learn to honor our feelings
  • We may have a tendency to cry and have tender feelings
  • Burnout in the workplace is likely to be 2x greater for HSPs compared to non-HSPs
  • High Sensation Seeking (HSS)—30% of HSPs are also HSS, which is about 6-7% of the population
  • Sensitive Upstarts—don’t wait for permission and they create change
    • Someone who is curious, seeking and creates change
    • It is an evolutionary imperative
    • They have curiosity and compassion
    • Great jobs are project manager or life coach
  • Curiosity is innate and hardwired to be fascinated by life around us
  • We have been told curiosity killed the cat, or that we’re nosy, and we’ve had the curiosity beaten out of us
  • Curiosity is an amazing skill and it’s the opposite of judgment—we’re open; we want to know
  • Curiosity increases compassion and acceptance
  • With High Sensation Seeking (HSS), we are involved in certain things, then we stop and we move on to the next thing
  • We can design a life, career and relationships that have novelty, and intensity and variety
  • With High Sensation Seeking, we have a part that wants to dial down and a part that’s seeking stimulation
  • Creativity and curiosity are part of being a HSS
  • HSS have a deep fascinations, passions and want to absorb everything
  • HSS have a low boredom threshold, and want to get on to the next new, exciting and varied thing that comes up




Caroline Ferguson is a Mindset Trainer, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist and the original 'Sensitive Upstart'. She loves showing sensitive, purposeful leaders who KNOW they were born for something more how to overcome their inner resistance, embody their potential and skyrocket their impact.




Patricia Young works with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) helping them in understanding their HSP traits, and turning their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate the amazing gifts they have to offer. Patricia works globally online with HSPs providing coaching. Patricia also facilitates online courses for HSPs that focus on building community and developing skills (identifying your superpowers, boundaries, perfectionism, dealing with conflict, mindfulness, embracing emotions, creating a lifestyle that supports the HSP, communication and more).




Caroline’s Links:

Unlocking the Secret Power of Sensitivity at Work | Caroline Ferguson | TEDxDrapanosWomen


The gentle power of highly sensitive people | Elena Herdieckerhoff | TEDxIHEParis


On "Inner Sensation Seeking"


The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People: How to Transform Feeling Overwhelmed and Frazzled to Empowered and Fulfilled by Mel Collins


Patricia’s Links:


San Diego Meetup Saturday September 7, 2019 10 am – noon. Learn About The Highly Sensitive Person and Meet Other Sensitives


Facebook group Unapologetically Sensitive--




Show hashtag--#unapologeticallysensitive

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