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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.

Jun 6, 2023

Distorted Self-Image; Internalizing How You are Positively Reflected

How can you internalize the positive ways others see you in order to shift your distorted self-perception? How do you nurture secure attachments? What prevents you from having intimate relationships with others? Jen and I talk about what it was like for her to come to CA, and for us to meet in person for the first time in our 5-year friendship.  We explore our fears, & how this shifted our relationship. We also explore ways to savor connection.


Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC


  • Listen to episode 193 to hear about Jen's surprise visit to San Diego.
  • Take the time to check in with your needs and feelings in relationships, and communicate them clearly to your partner or friend.
  • Practice nonviolent communication by separating needs from strategies and avoiding making assumptions or personalizing situations.
  • Reflect on the positive parts of yourself that you experience through others, and work on empowering yourself to see those qualities through your own eyes.
  • Embrace your personal living style without seeking reassurance or approval from others.
  • Consider using Marco Polo or FaceTime to build deep, meaningful relationships with long-distance friends.
  • Remember to factor in the impact of ADHD on maintaining friendships and take steps to mitigate those challenges.
  • Take the risk to be vulnerable with friends and loved ones, and cultivate a vocabulary that allows you to talk about


Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC has been a psychotherapist for 20 years. She specializes in helping Highly Sensitive People thrive in love, work, and parenting Highly Sensitive Children. Jen is passionate about using mindfulness and compassion-based approaches to ameliorate human suffering.


Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Coach.  She knows what it’s like to feel like an outcast, misfit, and truthteller.  Learning about the trait of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), helped Patricia rewrite her history with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and a sense of self-compassion.  She created the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive to help other HSPs know that they aren’t alone, and that being an HSP has amazing gifts, and some challenges.  Patricia works online globally working individually with people, and she teaches Online Courses for HSPs that focus on understanding what it means to be an HSP, self-care, self-compassion, boundaries, perfectionism, mindfulness, communication, and creating a lifestyle that honors us 


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Music-- Gravel Dance by Andy Robinson