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The Highly Sensitive Person Podcast

Kelly O

Do you experience joy, discomfort, empathy, and emotions very intensely? Are you easily overstimulated or bothered by small changes in your environment? You aren’t alone, in fact, you might be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). In this podcast, hos...Show More

02:00 | Apr 24th, 2017

It’s been a while since there was a new podcast episode! In this episode, I give a brief update on what’s going on with the show!

0:00 | Dec 26th, 2016

A while ago, I received a listener request to do an episode about dealing with people staying at your house--houseguests. Here it is!
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0:00 | Dec 7th, 2016

When I started this podcast, my #1 dream guest was Susan Cain. So, I'm very happy to bring this episode to you today. Susan's 2012 book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking was my first introduction to introversion. The ...Show More

0:00 | Nov 4th, 2016

Today's episode features Andy Mort of the Gentle Rebel podcast (formerly known as the Sheep Dressed like Wolves podcast). We talk about what it's like to be a Highly Sensitive Person and a podcaster. (He interviewed me on his show recently, too: list...Show More

37:53 | Oct 16th, 2016

Recently someone posted this question in the introvert subreddit on reddit: "How to deal with half wanting new friends and half wanting to be a hermit?"   I hear and read questions like this all the time from introverts and introverted HSPs. We cheri...Show More

0:00 | Sep 17th, 2016

This episode is for those who have never tried meditation, are curious about it, or who have tried it but felt like they didn't "get" it. Meditation has helped me a lot over the past year. There was a time when I didn't think I could do it. I didn't ...Show More

0:00 | Aug 18th, 2016

Discovering the concept of high sensitivity and learning you are a Highly Sensitive Person can be a major life moment for some people. It was for me! Now that I've been living with this knowledge for a few years (and learning more all the time!), I r...Show More

0:00 | Jul 20th, 2016

Today's guest, Al Motter, is one of the hosts of the excellent Introvert Extrovert podcast. He's the "Introvert" out of the two hosts, but he doesn't have the trait of high sensitivity.   In this episode, Al talks about how he sometimes wishes he was...Show More

0:00 | Jun 29th, 2016

Overstimulation. Noise, chaos, bright lights, smells, crowds. These are the highly sensitive person's kryptonite. I've brainstormed a list of what I think are the worst places on earth for HSPs. This episode is a little different than most—this isn’t...Show More

0:00 | Jun 10th, 2016

Did you know that highly sensitive people and narcissists tend to be attracted to each other? I've welcomed Nikki Eisenhauer onto the show today to discuss what a narcissist is and why HSPs can be drawn to people with narcissistic personality disorde...Show More

54:59 | May 12th, 2016

I'm thrilled to have on the podcast Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking. Oliver is a writer for The Guardian. In his column titled, "This column will change your life", he explores ideas aro...Show More

14:20 | Apr 25th, 2016

Two acquaintances in the same week made similar comments to me out of nowhere: that they felt behind, like they weren't getting enough done in their work and businesses. It made me sad to hear that they were struggling and not feeling good about them...Show More

13:25 | Apr 14th, 2016

In episode 59, I started a 3-episode series about the positive aspects of being a Highly Sensitive Person. I talked about people who are celebrated for their sensitivity, like artists and musicians.   In today's show, I'm discussing what I think are ...Show More

0:00 | Mar 28th, 2016

A popular misconception about Highly Sensitive people--to those who aren’t very familiar with the trait--is that HSPs are always emotionally fragile and not mentally strong. But this isn't true. You CAN be mentally strong and an HSP--it's all about ...Show More

0:00 | Mar 14th, 2016

The Highly Sensitive Podcast is for people with Sensory Processing Sensitivity--or those who want to better understand HSPs. In this show, I share personal stories, tips, rants, and occasionally interviews with interesting HSPs. Today's episode is a ...Show More

0:00 | Mar 2nd, 2016

I realized recently that I haven't done an episode (in detail) about the benefits of high sensitivity. HSPs are meant to be here. We have a role to play in this world. I plan to do a few episodes about this topic--since there is so much to cover--but...Show More

0:00 | Feb 13th, 2016

I've heard the word "empath" a lot, but didn't truly understand what it meant. I thought it maybe simply referred to people who experienced a lot of empathy....? But that didn't seem right. When searching for a simple explanation about empaths, I cam...Show More

0:00 | Feb 1st, 2016

Meet Daisy Gumin. She's an 18-year-old Highly Sensitive Person and introvert. She and her mother went through a harrowing year and a half of trying to figure out what was "wrong" with Daisy. She had been displaying destructive, angry, depressive, an...Show More

0:00 | Jan 3rd, 2016

In the past, I've talked about what I thought were the best jobs for HSPs--and even the #1 best job (working for oneself). But over time, my thoughts on this have changed. In today's show, I explain how the best job for HSPs....depends. On so many f...Show More

0:00 | Dec 18th, 2015

In this episode, I share stories about things that have grossed me out--a cow lung, pinning insects, and dissecting pigs. I also discuss how HSPs might get "grossed out" more than people without the trait--touching on the vasovagel response. Mention...Show More

0:00 | Nov 17th, 2015

HSPs cry easily. HSPs cry all the time. In this episode, I talk about my problem with the statements like the ones above, and whether or not HSPs really DO cry "a lot" or not.  I also discuss the difference in crying in a ranking situation versus ...Show More

0:00 | Oct 6th, 2015

This episode is especially for those who do not have the trait of high sensitivity. It's for those who don't understand HSP, yet want to learn more about it to support someone in their life. In this show, I cover some "Frequently Asked Questions" abo...Show More

0:00 | Sep 22nd, 2015

“We miss nothing and have an innate ability to let others shine.” -John Hughes This has been a big month for HSPs. Dr. Elaine Aron’s documentary, called Sensitive: The Untold Story, came out on September 10. I thought the documentary was groundbrea...Show More

0:00 | Sep 9th, 2015

I think it’s fair to say that most people dislike job interviews. And for HSPs, they are extra super not-fun. In this episode, I talk about why traditional interviews are a poor way to judge a candidate, how HSPs may react to being interviewed, and...Show More

0:00 | Aug 25th, 2015

Have you ever thought: "If only I could quit my job, everything would be better." And you daydream about following your passions, or traveling, or going after that business idea you've always fantasized about?   But you know, deep down, that you wi...Show More

0:00 | Aug 5th, 2015

Have you ever gotten into an argument about politics with a family member or co-worker and you got really angry and fired up? Have you ever gotten into a fight online with a complete idiot? Then, did you later find yourself turning over the events in...Show More

0:00 | Jul 21st, 2015

You’d think as an HSP that I’d be good at knowing what to say when someone I care about, a friend or family member, had something terrible happen to them. I want SO BADLY to say something helpful, but I’m always afraid that I’ll say the wrong thing. ...Show More

0:00 | Jul 7th, 2015

Recently, I found myself at a big family party. Even though I liked everyone there, and was happy to be there, it did remind me how hours-long parties can wear on me, no matter how much I like the people there. Here are my tips on how to deal with ov...Show More

0:00 | Jun 23rd, 2015

Storytime! In this episode, I talk about how I convinced my husband to participate in a contest eating increasingly spicier chicken wings. What followed was an intense HSP moment. Also, please note that the show will now be published every two weeks...Show More

0:00 | Jun 17th, 2015

“Sure, I can work late tonight." “Yeah, you can crash at my place.” “I can babysit, no problem.” “I can lend you some money.” These are things a people pleaser might say. People pleasers take on too much and don't know when to say "no". Their desire...Show More

0:00 | Jun 9th, 2015

Last week, in part 1, I talked about the challenges of being a male HSP. There is a cultural expectation that women are more emotional and sensitive than men and that men should be tough and stoic. This expectation could clash with the traits of bei...Show More

0:00 | Jun 2nd, 2015

There is a cultural expectation that women are more emotional and sensitive than men and that men should be tough and stoic. This expectation could clash with the traits of being an HSP, for men. For this show, I asked several highly sensitive men f...Show More

0:00 | May 27th, 2015

What if we HSPs could fully allow and embrace our strongest emotions--our reactions to beauty in nature in art? What if we didn't have to hold back at all?   (And yes, the title of this episode is meant to be tongue-in-cheek.)   Related posts on ...Show More

0:00 | May 19th, 2015

An introvert/extrovert and HSP/non-HSP might take a look at the same vacation itinerary and have completely different reactions. An action-packed, busy vacation in a chaotic big city might seem thrilling to a non-HSP. Whereas an HSP might enjoy quiet...Show More

0:00 | May 12th, 2015

I'm often surprised that I am so easily distracted when I work. Isn't that a symptom of being weak-minded? sad face. If you find yourself easily distracted (especially when working at home), please know that you aren't the only one. Lots of us share ...Show More

0:00 | May 5th, 2015

One of the reasons being a Highly Sensitive Person is tough because a lot of people don't believe that HSP is a legitimate thing. This episode 39 is about dealing with those haters. It's a little heavy on the sarcasm and ranty-ness, so fair warning....Show More

0:00 | Apr 29th, 2015

This episode 38 is about handling criticism. I talk about three little tactics I use to help deal with negative feedback in my life. (Last week I talked about self-criticism, how HSPs often criticize themselves in order to avoid the trauma of critici...Show More

0:00 | Apr 21st, 2015

HSPs often criticize themselves in order to avoid the trauma of criticism from others. Next week, I'll talk about how to handle criticism. Big Announcement: My new book is out on Amazon: A Highly Sensitive Person's Life: stories & tips for those who...Show More

0:00 | Apr 8th, 2015

Today's episode was inspired by this bit of Dr. Elaine Aron's writing: “All HSPs are creative, by definition. Many have squashed their creativity because of their low self-esteem; many more had it squashed for them, before they could ever know about ...Show More

0:00 | Apr 1st, 2015

Have you ever been told: “Learn to take a joke." "Why are you so serious?" "Lighten up." In this episode, I explain which jokes I find offensive and how sensitive people think it's more important to not hurt people than to be funny. Related ...Show More

0:00 | Mar 17th, 2015

Are there specific smells and odors that you just cannot stand? And which smells are so wonderful they leave you in a state of bliss? Do you smell things that other people don't?   In this episode, I talk about HSPs' sensitivity to odors as well as...Show More

0:00 | Mar 10th, 2015

When I’ve talked about jobs and careers in the past, I’ve always said that sales, in my opinion, is one of the worst jobs for introverted HSPs.   But a post on Reddit turned my thoughts about sales on their head. What if an introverted HSP was in a...Show More

0:00 | Mar 3rd, 2015

Imagine riding in a car with your friends, and everything goes black. The next thing you know, you are lying somewhere, but you can’t see. You’re in indescribable pain. You can’t speak. You can’t move your head. Then you feel a soft touch on your ha...Show More

0:00 | Feb 24th, 2015

Over the past dozen years or so, I’ve gotten more and more scared of turbulence on airplanes. When I was younger, I enjoyed turbulence. I remember a time when I would snicker when I saw other people who looked nervous! But now, It’s now to the point...Show More

0:00 | Feb 18th, 2015

Are you ever sorry about being sorry? Have you apologized to inanimate objects? Because HSPs are observant to social cues and other people’s feelings, we tend to be very polite. And not only do HSPs have good manners, we notice when other people’s do...Show More

0:00 | Feb 4th, 2015

One glaring topic I have neglected to cover in this podcast and blog is extroverts. Approximately 30% of HSPs are extroverts! (btw, it can also be spelled extravert). In this episode, I share some tidbits I've learned from interviewing extroverted H...Show More

0:00 | Jan 28th, 2015

How have I not yet tackled the topic of travel? I looove to explore new places, and in today's episode, I share my top 11 HSP travel tips from 35+ countries of experience. If you like the podcast, please leave a positive review on iTunes. If you lov...Show More

0:00 | Jan 20th, 2015

In today's episode, I talk about the most interesting parts of this great interview of Dr. Elaine Aron on It's about genetic studies and stuff. Ok, ok, that doesn't sound very exciting, does it? Take #2. In today's episode, I talk about why...Show More

0:00 | Jan 13th, 2015

In this episode 26, I talk about how and why HSPs are more sensitive to caffeine than others. I also touch on the effects of other drugs as well as a possible connection to Mitral Valve Prolapse and HSP. I know--crazy. If you like the podcast, please...Show More

0:00 | Jan 6th, 2015

In this episode 25, I share some quotes from people in relationships with HSPs who are fed up! They say that HSPs are selfish and don't try to improve themselves. This bums me out and I hope that I don't act this way in my own relationship. Do you e...Show More

0:00 | Dec 30th, 2014

In this episode 23, I provide some tips on how to deal with the challenging aspects of being highly sensitive. Do you ever say these things to yourself? "I give a lot to other people but they don’t notice--they don't appreciate or reciprocate my t...Show More

0:00 | Dec 16th, 2014

Pontificating on Friendship "Kindred Spirits" are intimate friends, people with whom you are comfortable being your true self. HSPs are often on the hunt for kindred spirits, especially at parties, gatherings, or networking events. Having a deep, in...Show More

0:00 | Dec 9th, 2014

Emotional cutting is reading or watching things that hurt us emotionally...but we keeping doing them anyway. I do this when I look at dog rescues on Facebook that show when animals were saved or euthanized. Why do I, and other HSPs, seek out this pai...Show More

0:00 | Dec 3rd, 2014

The holiday season is here and I've been thinking about gift giving. HSPs' temperament makes them well-suited to picking out the perfect gift for loved ones. We pay close attention to details so we are likely to pick up on the wants and desires of ot...Show More

0:00 | Nov 24th, 2014

Anticipatory grief is a grief reaction that occurs before an impending loss, typically, the death of someone close to you. This episode is about how us HSPs can experience this grief more than others, and not just about death. If you like the podcas...Show More

0:00 | Nov 18th, 2014

The previous episode was about the single best job for HSPs--working for yourself. Today's show is about more traditional jobs and careers, including what you should look for (and avoid as an HSP). What qualities of being highly sensitive are a benef...Show More

0:00 | Nov 11th, 2014

Since HSPs are detail-oriented, and can be bothered by too much stimuli, there is one job that seems to make the most sense for us! Learn about it here in episode 18. If you like the podcast, please say "thanks" by leaving a positive review on iTune...Show More

0:00 | Nov 4th, 2014

Episode 17 of the Highly Sensitive Person Podcast is brought to you by the word sensitive. A blog reader, Mike Voss, gave me the great suggestion that maybe the moniker Highly Sensitive Person could be changed to something without the word sensitive...Show More

0:00 | Oct 28th, 2014

Episode 16 of the Highly Sensitive Person Podcast is about High Sensation Seeking HSPs. You have no idea how many times I had to edit myself saying that mouthful of words incorrectly in this episode. HSPs are careful and evaluate everything around t...Show More

0:00 | Oct 21st, 2014

Episode 15 of the Highly Sensitive Person Podcast is about control. It wasn't until I started writing about all my HSP stuff that I realized so many of the things that bothered me were about a lack of control. From working in a cubicle, to a fear of ...Show More

0:00 | Oct 14th, 2014

Episode 14 of the Highly Sensitive Person Podcast is about empathy, which is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another being. I talk about wondering if Muay Thai fighters are lonely or sad, and crying about the tragedies of people I...Show More

0:00 | Oct 7th, 2014

In Episode 13 of the Highly Sensitive Person Podcast, I tell a story about obsessing over sliced vs. non-sliced challah bread. Will I ruin dinner? Or will everything be fine? The suspense is riveting. Then I cleverly segue into decision-making: HSPs...Show More

0:00 | Oct 2nd, 2014

Highly sensitive people are often deeply moved by beauty in art and nature. This is a pretty cool aspect of being an HSP. In Episode 12 of the Highly Sensitive Person Podcast, I talk about interesting stuff like Stedhal Syndrome and the beauty thresh...Show More

0:00 | Sep 30th, 2014

Why can't I ever be happy with the way things are? Why do little things bother me? Why do I complain so much? Why can't I be normal? These feelings make me angry at myself. Why can’t I just suck it up and deal with small annoyances? Why can’t I jus...Show More

0:00 | Sep 23rd, 2014

I got a dog about 6 months ago--it's the first time I've ever cared for an animal in my life. It's been a fulfilling and fun experience. In Episode 10 of the Highly Sensitive Person Podcast, I talk about how HSPs can have deep connections to animals...Show More

0:00 | Sep 17th, 2014

I am highly sensitive to violence and horror. I learned early in life that I don't want anything to do with scary movies. Friends would sometimes tease me and try to convince me to watch, thinking it was not a big deal. But having disturbing scenes b...Show More

0:00 | Sep 16th, 2014

I am jumpy. I've been scared by my own shadow (no joke). Just last night, I was using my iPhone as a flashlight in the dark, when it illuminated a mirror, and my reflection scared me. Also not joking. In Episode 8 of the Highly Sensitive Person Podc...Show More

0:00 | Sep 9th, 2014

Now that you've learned about high sensitivity, you may feel like a weight has been lifted off you. You feel more accepting of yourself and realize you aren't alone. You aren't weird! But how do you share this information with the most important per...Show More

0:00 | Sep 2nd, 2014

Have you ever thought about quitting your job because you were overwhelmed? Throwing in the towel because you had too much to do, and couldn't get it all done? Did you ever consider...caring less? That's quite a radical concept for us HSPs. It goes...Show More

0:00 | Aug 26th, 2014

If I have one thing to do in a day, it weighs on me all day long. Even if it’s something enjoyable. There will be a kernel of anxiety in my brain all day, until the event happens. In episode #5, I talk about this odd phenomenon. Having a dentist ap...Show More

0:00 | Aug 19th, 2014

This episode is a rant. I want you to understand that before you listen. If you don't like complaining, you might want to skip it. In episode #4, I talk about my personal experience working in a cubicle in an office for over 1o years and my battle ag...Show More

0:00 | Aug 7th, 2014

In this introductory episode, I talk about what a Highly Sensitive Person ISN'T....and what they is. I mean, are. The goal of this podcast is to help other people realize if they are highly sensitive, that they aren't alone, and they aren't weird or ...Show More

0:00 | Aug 7th, 2014

Does stagnant, warm, still air make you feel suffocated or claustrophobic? Do you need a fan or cool, fresh air to avoid a panic attack? I'm amazed to report that this specific topic is the most popular post on my blog. Who knew this was such a commo...Show More

0:00 | Aug 7th, 2014

We face dozens if not hundreds of decisions every single day--from big decisions to tiny ones, and they all take energy. As HSPs, we put so much care and energy into everything we do, that making all these decisions can wear us out, leaving us with i...Show More