When you are reading these words, there is something about your child or young adult that makes you think he or she is highly sensitive. Parenting HSC’s is more difficult than parenting others. Some are real “drama queens” and demanding “little princes.”
High sensitivity is found in about 15 to 20 percent of children (the percentage is the same in boys and girls). Even though it is possible to say a great deal about highly sensitive children and young adults (HSP’s), no description will fit every person perfectly because, again, each person is unique, thanks to a unique combination of inherited traits plus different upbringings and school experiences.
Today, we know that about 50 percent of personality is caused by innate temperament differences such as high sensitivity.
The other 50 percent is caused by experiences or the “environment.”
When assisting your adolescent or young adult we take into consideration these factors:
- Activity or energy level
- Initial Reaction
- Intensity of emotional response
- Low sensory threshold
- Predominate Mood
Do you have any lingering concerns that your child or young adult may find it difficult to be truly happy or successful? Perhaps the best definition of happiness came from Aristotle:
“We are happiest when doing what, by nature, we were born to do best.”
Parenting an HSC is one of the happiest and greatest challenges. It always helps to know that you are not alone.
Contact Doré Frances, PhD at 303-448-8803 for assistance