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Anais Nin on Our Extrovert Society

“Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.” ― Anaïs Nin

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Programs for Introverts and Highly Sensitive People

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Elaine Aron on the trait of high sensitivity

“I know 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. But we all have it…” – Elaine Aron

See videos with Dr. Aron, including an update about the movie in production: “Sensitive–The Untold Story.”

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Introvert/HSP books

The Power of Sensitivity by Ted Zeff, PhD.

“This book provides what every HSP needs: a full understanding of our trait through a diversity of stories that will empower sensitive people.” – Elaine Aron, Ph.D. author of The Highly Sensitive Person.

From my review:
In addition to the wide range of helpful information about the trait, Dr. Zeff provides many examples and stories by highly sensitive people who successfully use their empathy and other traits to lead more fulfilled lives and careers. A retired medical doctor talks about how she used her inborn intuition to treat patients more effectively…


Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
by Laurie Helgoe Ph.D.

“I wish that this could have been one of the first books I could have read when I was a young girl. I grew up thinking I was weird because I was the only one in my family that craved quiet… till reading this book and finally understanding, it was normal for me to be and feel the way I do.” Review by Lanai Malu.

See more details about these books and others on the page:
Books, Products and Programs for Highly Sensitive People.

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The Complex Personality of Creative People

Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman summarizes new research which “identified three ‘super-factors’ of personality that predict creativity: Plasticity, Divergence, and Convergence.”

“Plasticity consists of the personality traits openness to experience, extraversion, high energy, and inspiration…

“Divergence consists of non-conformity, impulsivity, low agreeableness, and low conscientiousness…

“Convergence consists of high conscientiousness, precision, persistence…”

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More articles:

Can Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?

“Though my dark side is dormant right now, it continues to play a big role in whatever capacity I have to be creative.” Jessica Lange said of her depression years ago that “it was really a tough one. And when I came out, I felt like I had gone through something and come out the […]

Jack Canfield on the subconscious mind

Personal development author and teacher Jack Canfield notes: “Your thoughts are powerful. They are real, they are measurable, they are energy. “The conscious mind has: – Limited processing capacity. – Short term memory (about 20 seconds) – The ability to manage 1 to 3 events at a time -Impulses that travel at 120 to 140 […]

Smoking and Creativity

Molière: “No matter what Aristotle and the Philosophers say, nothing is equal to tobacco; it’s the passion of the well-bred, and he who lives without tobacco lives a life not worth living.” “While I was doing Eraserhead I had 40 coffees every day and I smoked 40 cigarettes.” – David Lynch Filmmaker, musician and visual […]

Perfectionism and Depression: What to Do When Being a Perfectionist Drags You Down

Here is an excerpt from an article by Sedona Training Associates staff and Hale Dwoskin: Do you ever think the following self-limiting beliefs? * It’s not OK to make a mistake * People will not like me if I’m not perfect * I’ll avoid anything I can’t do well * I’m a failure because I […]

Creating and Fear

Karen Moncrieff, after working for years as an actor, became a screenwriter. In a magazine article, she notes “Writing felt so comfortable in a way that acting never really did. With writing, I was using all parts of myself, all of my skills.” She said, “I let my emotions and feelings be my guide. I […]

Believing and Hoping: Changing and Stereotyping Ourselves

Revolutionary Road and pursuing your dreams “For years I thought we shared a secret… that we would be wonderful in the world. I didn’t exactly know how, but just the possibility… kept me hoping.” That is from one of many powerful scenes in the movie “Revolutionary Road” – April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) is talking to […]

Self-esteem and self-limiting

Giving inauthentic praise to children can have a corrosive effect on healthy self-esteem, which can continue to impact our personal and career success as adults. Writer Po Bronson articulates some of the issues: “For a few decades, it’s been noted that a large percentage of all gifted students severely underestimate their own abilities. They […]