Elaine Aron, Ph.D., is the author of the international best seller, The Highly Sensitive Person, The Highly Sensitive Child, and The Highly Sensitive Person in Love, among others. She is also a scientist, and her research on high sensitivity (a.k.a sensory processing sensitivity) is published in top-tier, peer-reviewed scientific journals such as The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Brain and Behavior, as well as her research having been replicated and extended by other scientists.
Dr. Aron continues her work of sharing the still largely untold story of the innate trait of high sensitivity by agreeing to see this documentary made. Elaine Aron and Emmy-award- winning Globaltouch Group, Inc., are working together to create the first ever full-length film featuring Dr. Aron and a wide range of personalities, including renown scientists also studying the trait, all types of highly sensitive people (HSPs) themselves, plus parents, partners, friends, and employers of HSPs.
Everyone in the film will have their own story to tell about the benefits and difficulties of possessing this trait, which according to Dr. Aron is simply an alternative survival strategy encoded in the genes of one out of five people. The strategy, which is to observe carefully and “process” these observations before acting, is an advantage in some situations, of no advantage or even a disadvantage in others.
This strategy, as an innate trait, has always been present in some humans, and in about the same proportion in over 100 other species. Yet, until Dr. Aron’s research and books, it was confused with shyness and introversion or misnamed as “inhibited,” or being “TOO sensitive.” Now it has its proper name and the time has come for the wider world to know that name and what it means.
The enthusiasm among HSPs and scientists for this new understanding has been building for over twenty years, largely by word of mouth. Dr. Aron’s books have now been published in 17 languages, and the list continues to grow. We are at a tipping point. The goal of this film is to be that force which pushes this discovery into full recognition by the public and professionals alike.
Elaine, Will, Diana, and others working on the film would love to have you add your comments regarding the project or your feelings about being highly sensitive.