Books for the highly sensitive person and the empathetic.
On my journey to learning more about highly sensitive person (HSPs), I read some books that I found incredibly helpful. Here is a list of books that will help you understand more about this personality trait, whether for yourself or for a loved one. I also included books that I love that are great for anyone who is empathetic in general.
Elaine Aron, Ph.D., is recognized internationally as one of the leading scientists studying the psychology of love and close relationships. Dr. Aron's research on love, conducted with her husband, Dr. Art Aron, has been featured in the New York Times, Time, and National Geographic. She is the author of The Highly Sensitive Person, The Highly Sensitive Person in Love, and The Highly Sensitive Child. She divides her time between New York and San Francisco.
Daniel Kahneman, (born March 5, 1934, Tel Aviv, Palestine [now Tel Aviv–Yafo, Israel]), Israeli-born psychologist, corecipient of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2002 for his integration of psychological research into economic science. His pioneering work examined human judgment and decision making under uncertainty.
Charles Duhigg is an American journalist and non-fiction author. He was a reporter for The New York Times, currently writes for The New Yorker Magazine and is the author of two books on habits and productivity, titled The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and Smarter Faster Better.
Susan Horowitz Cain is an American writer and lecturer, and author of the 2012 non-fiction book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, which argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people.
Ryan Holiday is one of the world's foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is a sought-after speaker, strategist, and the author of many bestselling books including The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy; and The Daily Stoic. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and sold over two million copies worldwide. He lives outside Austin, Texas, with his family. You can follow him @ryanholiday or subscribe to his writing at ryanholiday.net and dailystoic.com.
Amanda Cassil, PhD
Dr. Amanda Cassil is a licensed clinical psychologist based out of Pasadena, CA. She is the founder and CEO of STEM Psychological Services, providing psychological support to women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This clinical focus has resulted in extensive experience with Highly Sensitive People, as well as chronic illnesses and invisible disabilities.
Shahida Arabi, M.A., is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University and the bestselling author of three books, including Becoming the Narcissist's Nightmare and Power: Surviving and Thriving After Narcissistic Abuse. Her work has been featured on Salon, The Huffington Post, Bustle, The National Domestic Violence Hotline, NY Daily News, Inc., Thought Catalog, and VICE.
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