The Lesson: Are you easily overwhelmed by things likes crowded places, strong smells or loud sounds, and violent movies? Do you have complex inner emotions that sometimes give you a hard time; or prevents you from sleeping at night? If the answer is yes, then you may be classified as a highly-sensitive person—but you are not alone. 15% to 20% of the population is made up of HSP (Highly-Sensitive People). They are normal human beings who have a sensitive nervous system that make them more easily overwhelmed by the world around them; feel every emotion very deeply; empathize easily with the people around them; and also makes them highly creative. Elena Herdieckerhoff is one of these highly-sensitive people who wants to help people embrace their own sensitivity, transform it into power, and raise loving awareness among her fellow HSPs.

Notable Excerpt: “I would like to address the two big elephants in the room when it comes to HSP stereotypes. The first assumption is that HSP must simply be undercover introverts who want a fancier name. The fact of the matter is that 30% of HSP are actually extroverts. Many assume that HSP are women. It may come as a surprise that 50% of HSP are, in fact, men. In our society men are not supposed to be sensitive, but aggressive and competitive. Sadly, the notion that men can be both sensitive and strong is still too much of an alien concept.”

“HSP should not hide away from the pain of this world in a protective incubator. It is their role to step up and share their sensitive gifts with all of us. I believe, as humans, we are all united by our experience of sensitivity and empathy. Also, I don’t believe that we need to be an HSP to care, to make a difference.”

The Speaker: Elena Herdieckerhoff is the founder of Entreprincess, a self-help organization for highly-sensitive people. She is also a business mentor for HSP entrepreneurs, a motivational speaker on the topic of highly-sensitive people and a corporate trainer for companies interested in better understanding their HSP Workforce.

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