On Being Gifted
The Gifted Adult
Blessing or Curse?
Shyness & Introversion
On Personality Types
On Psychology, etc.
Counseling & Therapy
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Putting it All Together
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Inner Reflections: Musings on being a Highly Sensitive Person, an Introvert and a Gifted Adult
So what is this web site about, anyway?
This site is an experiment that combines one person's reflections on a 20-year personal "Journey to the Self" with a scattering of interests, fascinations, thoughts, research projects, hobbies, obsessions and musings. It's basically a "personal" web site, but it's my hope that it might also prove educational and informative to some of my fellow "self seekers."
The "Journey" part is represented by my ongoing interest in, and study of, the concepts of "Adult Giftedness," "Introversion," "Personality Typing" and being a "Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)." In an effort to keep this from becoming "yet another boring and dry psychology and self-help site," I have frequently relied on personal anecdotes about the ways in which these affect-- and interact with-- the basic daily process of living, through a mixture of words and images.
Why all the pictures? This is a rather information-intensive site. Given that the typical visitor is likely to be an HSP, or an Introvert, or both-- I am aware that it is easy to get overwhelmed by too much information. What's more, HSPs' and Introverts' learning style often follows a "read-process-reflect-read some more" pattern. The peaceful images are intended as a possible place to "rest your eyes" while thinking, or contemplating a concept or a passage of text.
I don't have a "schedule" for adding new things, and you'll probably notice that many of the subjects listed in the left margin don't have links that lead anywhere. This web site is strictly a "labor of love," so the time I have to dedicate to it is strictly limited by the demands of work and daily life.
When I started building the "Inner Reflections" web site, I found myself pondering the question "Do we really need yet another guy's personal website to clutter up the Internet?"
I then came to the realization that I have learned as much-- if not more-- about myself and life from reading about other people's personal journeys, as I had from any textbook or "academic" site on the web. Someone once described me as a "reluctant teacher." Although-- at the time-- I felt myself to be neither reluctant, nor a teacher, I confess that this person perhaps had more insight than I gave them credit for, at the time.
These pages are both new and old. Fluid and static. Words and images. Logical and intuitive. They represent a snapshot of this moment, as well as the history that got me here. This is my ongoing journey.
In a strange sort of way, the history of this site also mimics my life: A jumble of disjointed fragments coming together to form a more integrated whole. You see, much of what is here comes from the eight "freebie" web pages I have had-- until fairly recently-- scattered about, some of them dating back as far as 1995. This is my effort to put it all together, at last.
Enjoy your exploration. If you take away just one insight, one piece of learning, one ounce of inner comfort, one tiny sense of new purpose-- then making this will have been worthwhile.
Thank you for visiting!
Recent Additions and News:
2013-14 Site "redecoration" and update
The look of Inner Reflections has remained essentially the same since the first page was published in the 1990s. A lot has happened since then, including that we now look at the web on much larger monitors than we used to. During 2013-14, I will slowly be updating all the site's pages to a more contemporary look and feel. In the meantime, not all pages will look the same.
Recent Article about the HSP "Experience"
Part introduction to high sensitivity, part autobiographical, this recent article is actually an ongoing project under development. Including quizzes and other interactive features, it examines the basics of the HSP trait and is useful not only as a source of information for HSPs, but also as a place for HSPs to point their non-HSP friends for an explanation of why they are the way they are.
Have you ever been to a Gathering of HSPs?
Attending an HSP Gathering can be an extremely rewarding experience-- something I highly recommend to any HSP who's trying to understand and integrate their trait. Curious about what it is like to go to a Gathering? Read more in the Gathering photo journals: California 2003 and California 2007!
The next 2013 HSP Gathering Retreat in Loveland, Colorado
The next HSP Gathering will take place on September 26th-39th, 2013, in Loveland, CO; please visit Jacquelyn Strickland's web site for more information about HSP Gatherings, and to register for this HSP Gathering!
In Writing: Recent article about Highly Sensitive Men
Part of a series of articles about various HSP-related topics, this piece talks about some of the challenges facing Highly Sensitive Men. It is now posted online and is free for all to read: The Challenges of the Highly Sensitive Man
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Upcoming HSP Workshops:
August 18th, 2013
At the White Light Express
Annual Conference & Gathering
"The Highly Sensitive Man"
presented by Peter Messerschmidt
This workshop -- open to both men and women -- will explore the experience of being a highly sensitive man from childhood to adulthood. HS Men-- sometimes referred to as “the hidden HSPs” -- statistically make up about 50% of all HSPs, even though their numbers appear to be much lower than those of Highly Sensitive women.
Topics will include the Highly Sensitive male's “choice to hide” his sensitivity in our modern culture, the issue of cultural biases against sensitive men, the importance of discovery, acceptance, learning about HSPs, along with ways in which to embrace and work with sensitivity in life, work and relationships.
The White Light Express 2013 Annual Conference
August 16-18, Port Townsend, WA
The White Light Express is a non-profit organization dedicated to healing through learning and positive intent. I am writing about it here because and which I am personally involved with it and its goals are highly relevant for HSPs. In addition, one of its founders is an HSP, herself.
If you are like most HSPs, personal growth, self-development and healing are probably close to your heart. The White Light Express brings together intuitive and empath teachers and healers, along with thousands of ordinary people to offer people healing and hope through the coordinated and focused power of prayer and healing intent.
I will also be teaching a workshop about Highly Sensitive Men at the Conference! More information in right sidebar.