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The Complexity of A Spatially Embedded Social Life

I have observed that when they are unaware of themselves, my children define themselves by mirroring what others feel and think of them. It is as if they are empathic chameleons that reflect the dominant emotions and thoughts of a social environment. This leads me to believe that when highly sensitive children (or adults) are … Continue reading


Social Life: empathy is a double edge sword

According to psychologist Susan Meindl, empathy is the earliest form of communication: “Human beings communicate through empathic connection from birth. Mothers and infants accurately read each other’s emotional communications. This skill is never lost and we all use empathic understanding of other people’s feelings to round out and nuance what they say to us. We … Continue reading

Space, technology and people as sensory overload

In The Globe and Mail article ” Why is walking in the woods so good for you?”, Alex Hutchinson explores the results from a study, which will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders, that found that volunteers suffering from depression who took a 50-minute walk in a woodland park improved … Continue reading

Stress The Invisible Toxin

Highly sensitive children have highly sensitive senses that make them highly aware of their environments. But this gift can become a nightmare in today’s polluted world. Sensing intensely means getting affected more greatly by toxicity. These days, toxicity levels have reached incredibly frightening proportions. But the issues are difficult to understand as multiple problems overlap … Continue reading

Highly Sensitive People and Emotional Contagion

Whenever we enter a human space we consciously and unconsciously tune into and are influenced by the emotions of others around us both positively and negatively. This inborn tendency to be emotionally “in synch” with the other humans around us is what psychological researchers call emotional contagion. We respond instinctively to the emotional tone of … Continue reading

Child in Mind: Study Implicates Genetics and Family Dynamics in ADHD

Reblogged from : Child in Mind: Study Implicates Genetics and Family Dynamics in ADHD. “When ADHD is conceptualized as emanating from the development of emotional and behavioral regulation, specific genetic and family environmental factors are likely to jointly influence ADHD outcomes in particular ways. The present report capitalized on the potential to investigate an important … Continue reading

Our High Sensitivity: Both A Gift and Vulnerability to Anxiety

Reblogged article Our High Sensitivity: Both A Gift and Vulnerability to Anxiety by Douglas Eby   Source: Rutgers Along with the many benefits of our high sensitivity trait, we may also be especially susceptible to anxiety. One aspect of a highly sensitive nervous system can be a strong startle response, as noted in an item … Continue reading

Watch Your Tone of Voice – Sensory Integration Disorder

reblogged from: http://www.netplaces.com/sensory-integration-disorder/the-auditory-sense/watch-your-tone-of-voice.htm Sensory Integration Disorder The Auditory Sense Watch Your Tone of Voice by Terri Mauro The right tone of voice may help your child tune in to what you’re saying and distinguish your words from the sounds around him. The wrong tone of voice may add to the load of stress that comes … Continue reading

Turn Down the Emotional Volume – Confronting a Child’s Defiance and Aggression

It’s hard not to get angry or upset when your child is acting defiant, manic, or aggressive. We’re conditioned to expect that kids listen to their parents, and when they don’t, won’t, or can’t, we may erupt in frustration. For many kids with special needs that influence their behavior, however, that outburst of anger can … Continue reading

Child in Mind

Reblogged article: Child in Mind. A number of years ago I was asked to see six-year old Sam for a second opinion after a local “ADHD expert” had diagnosed that disorder and written a prescription for Ritalin based on one visit with Sam and his mother.   My first visit had been with Sam, his … Continue reading