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Michelle Lynn

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This is a weekly podcast for Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), introverts, empaths, intuitives, INFJs or anyone else that wants a little help supporting sensitivity! My name is Michelle Lynn. I share my experiences as a highly sensitive person while discussing the works of Dr. Elaine Aron. It is my intention to provide useful tips and resources for other individuals looking to balance, maintain, and enhance their own unique sensitivities. The show is perfect for HSPs, introverts, empaths, int ...
 
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Should we embrace our quirks and be ourselves, or should we try a little harder to "fit in" with everyone else? For a highly sensitive person, this dilemma is the daily struggle. Most of the time we find ourselves apologizing for who we are, and it can leave us feeling a bit alienated and lonely. Sometimes, however, it's fun to just shine the spotl…
 
Are you afraid of making a wrong decision? Do you feel like you often overthink choices? On this episode of HSP SOS, Michelle and The Captain discuss something called analysis paralysis. They explain how many highly sensitive persons find it challenging to commit to a plan of action, and how choice overload can be overwhelming for HSPs. They share …
 
No one escapes getting older, but how does aging impact HSPs differently than non-HSPs? Michelle and The Captain share Dr. Elaine Aron's view on why highly sensitive persons are more in-tune with the aging process, as well as discuss their own perspectives on aging. Resources: "HSPs and The Accumulation of Birthdays" Dr. Elaine Aron http://www.hspe…
 
Addiction is not an easy topic to talk about, but it is an important one. On this episode, Michelle Lynn and The Captain start a conversation about the possible connection between sensitivity and addiction, as well as explore why addiction is a highly sensitive persons topic. If you have struggled with addiction, or someone you know has struggled w…
 
Are you an extremely passionate person? Do you go "all in" on the projects, activities, and topics that interest you? On this episode of HSP SOS, Michelle and The Captain discuss how highly sensitive people demonstrate an intense passion for their interests and talk about how this truly is an amazing gift. They also dive into what happens when a pa…
 
Are you feeling hormonal? As a highly sensitive person, that's the last thing you want to be accused of, but is it possible that HSPs are more sensitive to hormonal changes in their bodies than non-HSPs? On this episode of HSP SOS, Michelle and The Captain discuss how hormones might impact HSPs at different stages of their lives, and this isn't jus…
 
Are you in control of your emotions, or are your emotions in control of you? On this episode of HSP SOS, Michelle and The Captain discuss Dr. Elaine Aron's definition of emotional regulation, as well as the reasons why highly sensitive people can have a more difficult time processing and handling their emotions. Listen in as these two talk about th…
 
Are you really hard on yourself? Do you battle constant self doubt? In her book The Undervalued Self, Dr. Elaine Aron explains how highly sensitive people often struggle with low self-esteem more so than non-HSPs. In this episode of HSP SOS, Michelle and The Captain discuss low self-esteem attacks, why HSPs suffer from LSE more than others, as well…
 
Is it really better to be in a relationship with another highly sensitive person? Does doubling the sensitivity double the love? On this episode of HSP SOS, Michelle and The Captain discuss Dr. Elaine Aron's research on the benefits and pitfalls of two HSPs being in a relationship together. Some useful tips for couples trying to maintain a happy an…
 
Have you ever been called a perfectionist? Do you worry endlessly about getting things right? In this episode of HSP SOS, Michelle and the Captain talk about why highly sensitive people have a tendency to exhibit traits of perfectionism. They also discuss healthy types of perfectionism vs. destructive forms and share their personal perspectives on …
 
How big of a role does fear play in your life? On this episode, Michelle and The Captain discuss the difference between fear and arousal in highly sensitive persons, as well as why forcing introverts and HSPs to face their fears isn't always successful. We share some of our own personal strategies for handling perceived dangers, real dangers, and t…
 
Do you often feel alone? Has the feeling of loneliness become a reoccurring part of your life? On this episode of HSP SOS, Michelle and The Captain discuss common misconceptions about loneliness, Dr. Elaine Aron's description of feeling alone, the latest research and science behind loneliness, as well as how loneliness can be especially challenging…
 
Making and maintaining meaningful friendships is something that many HSPs worry about. Do we have enough friends? Why do people like us initially, but then get turned off by our intensity? In this episode, Michelle and The Captain tackle tough questions like these, as well as discuss how introversion, ADD, anxiety, depression, and perception can fa…
 
"Some highly sensitive children are fairly difficult–active, emotionally intense, demanding, and persistent–while others are calm, turned inward, and almost too easy to raise except when they are expected to join a group of children they do not know. But outspoken and fussy or reserved and obedient, all HSCs are sensitive to their emotional and phy…
 
Some HSPs struggle with the feeling that they just aren't enough. Fear of disappointing others, combined with self-doubt, can convince highly sensitive persons that friends and loved ones would be happier without them around. In this very intimate and personal episode of HSP SOS, Michelle puts The Captain on the spot and forces him to reconsider hi…
 
What happens when a highly sensitive person gets sick? Honestly, it's not always pretty, but there are some real reasons why HSPs are more physically and emotionally impacted by the sniffles than non-HSPs. Michelle and the Captain share tips on how to minimize conflict when the highly sensitive get sick, as well as contemplate why some people seem …
 
How do HSPs react to the media's portrayal of the "perfect" body and body shaming? Is it possible that the highly sensitive are more negatively impacted by perceptions of an ideal body than the non-HSPs? On this episode, Michelle and the Captain share their struggles with developing a healthy body image, as well as challenge other HSPs to take a mo…
 
What do HSPs want for Christmas? They probably want everyone to just chill-out and relax a little. On this episode Michelle shares her personal experiences with something she calls Seasonal Spiraling, and she explains to The Captain how everyone's anxiety around the holidays triggers her own anxiety. Introverts and HSPs don't hate Christmas. They j…
 
When you feel EVERYTHING, maintaining emotional balance can be a real challenge. On this episode, Michelle and The Captain talk about the danger of being too fixated on feelings, as well as the moodiness that arrises from “putting a lid on it.”. For HSPs and empaths, dealing with emotions is a bit of an art form. Traditional self-help strategies ar…
 
Do you feel like you are a poor excuse for a "traditional" woman? Maybe you don't like baby showers, don't want children, and feel less "girly" than other women. If you are a male, perhaps you don't want to talk about the latest sporting event over beers with the boys, could care less about a man cave, and feel overwhelmed with the pressures put on…
 
It feels a lot like drowning, and anytime anyone tries to save you, they just end up sinking too. Episode #20 of HSP S.O.S. is all about anxiety! Being highly sensitive with an anxiety disorder can be a challenge, but it's not impossible to be happy. Michelle and the Captain discuss different types of anxiety, personal struggles with PTSD, and tips…
 
On this special edition of HSP S.O.S. Michelle and The Captain discuss their personal sensitivities to Halloween. Listen in as they share how the changing seasons, abundant sweets, scary movies, holiday memories, haunted houses, and the quest for the perfect costume impact them as HSP’s. Don’t be too scared. It’s a Happy Highly Sensitive Halloween!…
 
As a highly sensitive person, or empath, it is extremely challenging to ignore, brush off, or forget about our experiences with others. Failed relationships, uncomfortable situations at work, “bad” decisions, and even passing comments made by strangers can haunt our memories for years. In this episode, Michelle and the Captain explore their ability…
 
How was your school experience as a highly sensitive person? While highly sensitive children are often bright, energetic, creative, and empathetic, these positive traits aren't always recognized, or rewarded, in the everyday classroom. On this episode, Michelle and the Captain travel back to their own school days, and discuss common struggles for H…
 
Are you highly sensitive, get overwhelmed easily, but still crave excitement? If so, you might be a high sensation seeking HSP. High Sensation Seeking is a lot more than just chasing a thrill, especially when it comes to being a highly sensitive person. Michelle and The Captain go through Dr. Elaine Aron’s High Sensation Seeking Self-Test, and disc…
 
Did you feel neglected, criticized, or let down by the adults in your life as a child? Do you have a hard time letting go of the past? Michelle and The Captain follow up their previous discussion about HSP's and their fear of intimacy by diving head first into something called attachment theory. Listen in as they return to Dr. Elaine Aron's book Th…
 
Are you a kind person, full of love, yet you just can’t seem to make relationships work? Believe it or not, HSPs have some unique challenges when it come to forming a close relationship with a significant other. It’s not uncommon for these loving, sensitive individuals to have a subconscious fear of intimacy. Listen in as Michelle and the Captain g…
 
There are some subjects that people are really uncomfortable talking about, but that doesn't stop Michelle and The Captain from sharing their personal thoughts on the topic of death. From an early age, they both struggled with anticipatory grief and a general sense that there is more to life than just every day routine. Listen in as they discuss Da…
 
Do you get depressed when your vacation or holiday is about to end? Does it take you longer than you would like to get back into the swing of things after having time off? Post Vacation Depression can be challenging to recover from for a highly sensitive person. Whether you are an introvert that prefers a calm staycation, or an extrovert that fanci…
 
Ever needed to deactivate your Facebook account, take a break from Twitter, or forget about Instagram entirely? Social media and the sometimes shallow feel of the Internet can be a real struggle for highly sensitive persons. Anxiety, depression, and loneliness can be triggered by the digital world. On this episode Michelle and The Captain discuss w…
 
Emotions are amplified for a highly sensitive person... the good ones, the bad ones, and everything else in between. On this episode, Michelle and The Captain discuss sadness, depression, emotional snowballing, the neuroscience behind feelings, and share several different strategies for dealing with "the hurtz." Michelle also talks about her own re…
 
Imagine if you had to not only navigate your own emotions, but also the emotions of everyone else around you. What if you could hear people's thoughts, and you could see what others could not? Sounds like a highly sensitive nightmare, but for empaths this is a reality. On this episode, Michelle and The Captain talk about a unique group of highly se…
 
Highly sensitive extroverts are a minority within a minority population making up only 25-30% of the total HSP community. Michelle and The Captain discuss unique challenges for extroverts that are highly sensitive, as well as provide some tips for these individuals to remain happy and emotionally healthy. They also share their Myers-Briggs personal…
 
Do you have a unique connection with animals? Michelle and the Captain discuss why the gift of sensitivity allows highly sensitive persons to connect with animals at a very deep emotional level. They dive into the differences between the communication styles of cats and dogs, and talk about how these differences can help people practice empathy tow…
 
Michelle and The Captain discuss how Highly Sensitive People end up in toxic friendships and relationships. They explain the HSP and Narcissist connection, as well as provide some useful strategies on how to let go of negative people and maintain healthy, balanced interactions with friends. The two of them also respond to Shipmate Lynn's questions …
 
Michelle and The Captain discuss the unique challenges faced by the highly sensitive male, as well as society's misconception of masculine sensitivity. Michelle talks about the highly sensitive men in her life, and the role men, women, and educators play in helping support the well-being of highly sensitive boys. ----- Links to resources mentioned:…
 
Has a protagonist in a book or a character on a television show or movie ever become one of your closest friends? Have you cried or felt depressed at the end of a favorite series or death of a beloved character? Many highly sensitive persons form deep connections with the people in literature and films. This doesn't make them weird or socially awkw…
 
Do people often ask you "what's wrong?" when you are perfectly fine? Do people regularly assume you aren't having a good time when you actually are enjoying yourself? Due to overstimulation and increased processing time associated with this, many highly sensitive people can come off as being rude in the moment. On this episode of HSP SOS, Michelle …
 
Do certain foods make you feel really heavy or off? Do some medications seem to have an adverse or really intense impact on your body physically? Have you been to the doctor for suspected "food allergies," but you've been told that nothing is wrong? Many highly sensitive persons are greatly impacted by what they eat and put into their bodies. On th…
 
Eating isn't always about fulfilling a physical need. Food can be a source of comfort, happiness, and sometimes even guilt. On this episode of HSP SOS, Michelle and The Captain share their own experiences with emotional eating and discuss how highly sensitive persons can develop a psychological relationship with the food that they eat or don't eat.…
 
Here's a short and sweet synopsis of what to expect from HSP SOS! ----- Find HSP S.O.S. on social media HERE: On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/hspsos On Twitter at: @hsp_sos ----- Email the Crew: FeelzSpecialist@gmail.com for Michelle Lynn Cap@TheCaptainsPod.com for The Captain -------- For more Highly Sensitive Feelz, visit HSPSOS.com! ---…
 
This is where I began my journey with Podcasting. As a guest on The Captain's Pod, I gave the host a quiz to find out if he qualified as an HSP and he did! It became the most downloaded episode of The Captain's Pod and we realized that there was an audience of HSPs that were looking for more. ------- HSP - Highly Sensitive Person - Are you one? The…
 
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