HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSONS (HSP): latest research on Sensory Processing Sensitivity, summarized in Nov. 2017 by Elaine N. ARON, who developed the HSP concept in psychology

[ARON’s first book, „The Highly Sensitive Person“, was a bestseller in the U.S. in the early 1990’s. Since then, a very interesting alternative school of psychotherapeutic thought and practice has developed around her work. Realizing whether someone is HSP or not is a key to many aspects of his/her personal and interpersonal life, including: response to traumatic events, harmony or dysharmony in couple life and specific needs within psychotherapy. The 27-point “HSP scale” referred to below can be found on www.hsperson.com under “self-test”.]

“Actually, there is so much more research being done, especially in Europe, that I can barely keep up, so I have selected what I believe to be the best. You will see Michael Pluess’ name on several. He is at Queen Mary University in London, along with Francesca Leonetti, a postdoctoral student studying with him. They are doing great research, finding new angles to SPS (which is the term used in scientific contexts for your trait), developing the HSP Scale in various ways, and adding new points to what we know. We are so glad they are moving forward in this way. It takes some of the weight off of Art and me, as we see quality research being done without us!

1. First I will discuss articles in which I was one of the authors.

A. The “Relationship between the Temperament Trait of Sensory Processing Sensitivity and Emotional Reactivity” was published in 2016, in the journal Social Behavior and Personality. The first a