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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.

Jul 28, 2020


Are You An Emotional Chameleon? The Importance of Identity For the Highly Sensitive Person


Jeannette Folan


HSPs can be emotional chameleons.  Jeannette talks about why she believes identity plays such an important role in the well-being of the Highly Sensitive Person.  She explains how we begin to understand our true identity, and how it benefits us to identify as spiritual beings having a human experience.  Jeannette provides practices we can use in our everyday lives to see through our spiritual lens, and ways we can stay in the present moment.  She also provides a powerful tool to gain perspective when things feel really big.


  • Why do you believe identity plays such an important role in the HSP’s well-being?
  • How can we begin to understand our true identity?
  • How does it benefit us to identify as a spiritual being having a human experience versus being a human being having a spiritual experience?
  • What practices or activities can we incorporate into our everyday life to see through our spiritual lens?
    • Grounding with the earth
    • Using google world
      • Zoom into your house and imagine yourself at home with your problems
      • Zoom out to see your block, and think about your neighbors
      • Zoom out more to see your community (where you shop, get gas, walk around)
      • Continue to zoom out until your house is a spec to gain perspective
    • Jeannette learned she was an HSP in the last 7 years
    • She was deeply affected by the feelings and emotions of her parents and siblings
    • There was no sense of where she ended and where they began
    • She felt like an emotional chameleon
    • Who am I as an individual?
    • Half of the HSP population grew up in an insecure environment per Dr. Aron’s research
    • Who am I?
    • How does your energy change when you’re with others?
    • How do I feel as a whole person?
    • Body work—what’s happening inside (mind/body connection)
    • Do 1 thing I can control
    • Breathwork
    • Making the shift to feeling power and strength and having more compassion as a helper instead of needing help
    • When big events happen in the world, we begin to act as one
    • The Butterfly Effect
    • Grounding—using the energy of the earth
    • Who am I to God/Universe?
    • Who is God/Universe to me?
    • What effect does God/Universe have on my relationship to myself?
    • What effect does God/Universe have on my relationship with others?
    • God/spirituality the Collective is bigger than I am
    • Change from being reaction to creative and proactive
    • Change from being unsure and uncertain and a victim to knowing I am a valuable part of humanity
    • Claim my body as one thing I can control
    • This is happening for me instead of because of me
    • When you wake up, name things you see in the room—this puts you in the present moment
    • Accept that what we did was for survival; the taming was for survival
    • It may not serve us anymore


Jeannette Folan discovered she was a Highly Sensitive Person in 2014. At the time, she was dealing with depression and some addictive behavior. Committed to learning how to heal and break free from her mental health struggles, she immersed herself in the world of sensitivity and spirituality.  Within two years, she closed her marketing business and published her first novel, Diary of a Teenage Empath: The Awakening.  Since then, she has authored and co-authored several books and workbooks for children, teens and adults. In 2017, she became an Integrative Health Coach and began leading a support group for HSPs in her community of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Along with her mentor, Dr. Wendy Nickerson, she developed the first-ever accredited HSP Certification Training Program for mental health professionals, which, to date, has been completed by professionals in seven countries.

Jeannette is an active member of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, where she presents workshops for mental health professionals and school teachers and administrators to gain a better understanding of the unique challenges and therapeutic approaches for highly sensitives. She is a dedicated advocate, working to support the professionals who are supporting the valuable HSP population.


Patricia Young works with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) helping them to understand their HSP traits, and turning their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Coach, who 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 groups 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).


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