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HSP – High Sensitivity Across the Life-Span


HSP – High Sensitivity Across the Life-Span

By Susan Meindl

Expert Author Susan Meindl

Psychologists propose that there is a developmental evolution to life and that an individual has different tasks, and experiences changing demands as they grow up and age. As a result there are different stresses and different gratifications for Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs ) at different times of their lives.

Psychologist Carl Jung, made a broad and simple differentiation. He divided life simply into the first half and the second.

The first half of life took an individual up into their mid-thirties. In first half of life Jung felt that the individual’s task was to learn the rules and attitudes of their culture, as well as the practical skills needed to work and the emotional skills needed to care for themselves and others.

The person in the first half of life has the task of proving that they can master the demands of their society and be a productive member of it.

In the second half of life, Jung believed, all this having been proven and accomplished, the individual had a responsibility to develop their own particular gifts and to offer to the world those things, such as thoughts and ideas that only they alone could give.

In the second half of life a thoughtful individual is required to partially shake off the accepted attitudes of their culture and take a more personal view of themselves and their needs and possibilities. This new approach in the second half of life is supported by the skills, financial stability and network of human contacts built in the first half of life.

For the HSP progress through the developmental stages of life with their changing demands poses unique challenges.

Read the full article via HSP – High Sensitivity Across the Life-Span.

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