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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.

Mar 30, 2021


The Brain of the Highly Sensitive Person


Drs. Esther Bergsma


Drs. Bergsma, a Dutch expert on High Sensitivity, discusses research from her book: The Brain of the Highly Sensitive Person. She explains the biological survival benefits of the trait in animals.  We talk about social rejection, and the negative messages HSPs receive around their traits.  Esther takes 7 negative perceptions and talks about the corresponding talents (strengths) for each perception.  We talk about common misdiagnoses for HSPs and why practitioners benefit from knowing about the trait.


Drs. Esther Bergsma is a Dutch expert on High Sensitivity, a researcher in the field of social science and the inspiring force behind Hoogsensitief.NL. She coaches and trains professionals in understanding and guiding HSPs better.

She has written several books on High Sensitivity. Her book titled: The Brain of the Highly Sensitive Person: Why you shouldn’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree is available on Amazon.


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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The Brain of the Highly Sensitive Person: Why you shouldn’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree by Esther Bergsma 

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