Helping highly sensitive people cope |

Helping highly sensitive people cope

If you’re highly sensitive, you join about 20 percent of the population which has a finely tuned nervous system, according to Ted Zeff.

Highly sensitive individuals can be distracted by strong smells, noise, crowds and even the presence of strangers.

Those with this sensitivity to physical and emotional stimulation can learn to master this condition, said Zeff, who received his psychology doctorate in 1981 from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Writing “The Highly Sensitive Person Survival Guide” and subtitled “Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World,” Zeff asserts the values of the American culture do not hold sensitivity in high regard. As a result, highly sensitive individuals believe something is inherently wrong with them.

Zeff, a former Nevada County resident, will talk about coping strategies for highly sensitive individuals at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Odyssey Books.

Odyssey Books is at 989 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Call 477-2856 with any questions.

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