Sunday, April 11, 2010

Highly Sensitive People Have a Different Thought Process

Brain scan (left) - Highly sensitive (compared to less highly sensitive) individuals show greater brain activation in visual attention areas of the brain when making judgments of subtle changes in scenes.

SATURDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- Because their brains process the world around them in a different way, introverted or shy people respond differently to physical and emotional stimuli than other people, according to a new study.

About 20 percent of people are "highly sensitive," an inborn trait that can be seen in children who are reserved, need little disciplining, cry easily, ask unusual questions or have especially deep thoughts, explained Elaine and Arthur Aron and colleagues from Stony Brook University in New York and in China....

UPDATE1: Dr. David Van Nuys interviews a leading expert on highly sensitive people, Dr. Ted Zeff, on Shrink Rap Radio.

UPDATE2: Our main interest in focusing on highly sensitive people is that their characteristics frequently overlap with the symptoms of depression.

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