I have always been fascinated by psychology and in particular personality, and what makes people react differently to situations, events, each other. This deep interest has perhaps been born out of my acute awareness as a child that I was different from most of my friends. I was a quiet, sensitive and perhaps slightly serious child, and as an adult I became aware that these were words often associated with being an introvert (and this is often not seen as a positive thing). But whilst that resonated with me (and I absolutely identify as an introvert, including the negative connotatons), it never fully explained why I never quite felt that I ‘fitted in’ .
It wasn’t until I hit my 40s, as a parent of small child who was extremely sensitive and dare I say ‘difficult’, that I discovered the work of Elaine Aron. My son had all the characteristics she describes of Highly Sensitive Children. The penny dropped, the light-bulb pinged on, and I recognised that I too was probably a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). This was when everything fell into place.
Since then I have been on a magical mystery tour of self-awareness and acceptance, and I now have a much greater understanding and appreciation of what the mass of ‘spaghetti’ in my head represents.
This blog is my way of finally untangling that spaghetti….and sharing my journey.