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Chapter 5: In Search of A Sensory Health Model (draft)

Time is timeless and knowledge priceless if you believe you are the breath of life versus the embodiment of life. – Cindy Blackstock Highly sensitive children are often healthy. Unfortunately, in our modern world, their ability to notice subtle changes in the environment can trigger major sensory stress. As we saw in chapter 4, the … Continue reading

The Highly Sensitive Family: How to Thrive In A Toxic World – Introduction

Introduction: Thriving In a Toxic World? The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn – Alvin Toffler If you are reading this book, you are probably looking for information to help a child who does not “fit” in or is … Continue reading

Chapter 4 Making Sense of a Toxic World

When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed. -Joseph Campbell Highly sensitive children have highly sensitive senses that make them highly aware of their environments. But this gift can become a nightmare in today’s polluted world. Sensing intensely means getting affected more greatly by toxicity. … Continue reading

Many older brains have plasticity, but in a different place — ScienceDaily

Brain scientists have long believed that older people have less of the neural flexibility, or plasticity, required to learn new things. A new study shows that older people learned a visual task just as well as younger ones, but the seniors who showed a strong degree of learning exhibited plasticity in a different part of … Continue reading

Book, Chapter 1: To Live in An Insensitive Culture, Introduction (draft 2)

Chapter 1: To Live In an Insensitive Culture When you lose touch with inner stillness you lose touch with yourself, when you lose touch with yourself you lose yourself in the world – Eckhart Tolle To be a highly sensitive child in the western world is challenging. Heightened sensory processing capabilities create real distinctions between … Continue reading

Chapter 3: Sensory Abilities Are Not Disabilities (Draft)

Chapter 3: Sensory Abilities Are Not Disabilities “That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses.” ― Edgar Allan The elimination of sensory awareness from our language and culture has resulted in their elimination from our medical narratives as well. This has had terrible consequences on the health of highly sensitive … Continue reading

Modern Medicine as Sensorial Anesthetics

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche Another area of our culture that we do not often associate with aesthetics is modern medicine. Nevertheless, it is a particularly powerful discursive and propagation tool of aesthetics. Its status as science makes … Continue reading

The Aesthetics of Space (draft)

We boast that we have conquered matter, and forget that it is matter that has enslaved us—okakura Children are taught to value specific approaches to sensory life that are highly regimented by our cultural rules. Indeed, psychologists have established that we have specific social norms and languages related to our use of time, space, touch, … Continue reading