Reading & Resources for the Highly Sensitive Adult

New books, films, Web sites, and organizations that address these topics are being created all the time. Below are some resources that I feel are relevant and that offer the most unique information on the topics. is a great place to review the content of my recommendations.


Learning About the Sensitive
Are You Really Too Sensitive?, Marcy Calhoun
Beyond the Indigo Children, P.M.H. Atwater
Continuum Concept, Jean Liedloff
Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child, Marti Olsen Laney
The Highly Intuitive Child, Catherine Crawford
The Highly Sensitive Child, Elaine Aron
The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron
The Highly Sensitive Person In Love, Elaine Aron
HSP’s Survival Guide, Ted Zeff
I’m Not Crazy, I’m Just Not You, Roger Pearman & Sarah Albritton
Making Sense of Your High Sensitivity, Cliff Harwin
The Magical Child, Joseph Chilton Pearce
The Magical Child Matures, Joseph Chilton Pearce
The Out-of-Synch Child, Carol Stock Kranowitz
Parenting from the Inside Out, David Siegel & Mary Hartzell
The Psychic Power of Children, Cassandra Eason
Raising Your Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Sensory Integration and the Child, Jean Ayres
Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight, Sharon Heller

Resources for Sensitives
Acupressure for Emotional Healing, Michael Reed Gack
The Complete Book of Energy Medicines, Helen Dziemidko
The Cultural Creatives, Paul Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson
Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Remedies, Mechthild Scheffer
Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Hands of Light, Barbara Brennan
Please Understand Me, David Keirsey & Marilyn Bates
The Reconnection, Eric Pearl
The Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide, Kyra Mesich

Descriptions Relevant to the World of the Sensitive
Alchemy of Nine Dimensions, Barbara Hand Cloud
And There Was Light, Jacques Lusseyran
Blink, Malcolm Gladwell
Beauty, John O’Donohue
Bringing Up Geeks: (Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids), Mary Beth Hicks
City of Masks, Daniel Hecht (fiction)
Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski (exquisite fiction, by & about a sensitive)
Emotional Freedom, Judith Orloff (written by an energy psychiatrist-I have reservations about this book, but her descriptions of the energetics that impact a sensitive are very helpful)
Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
Jung, A Journey of Transformation, Vivianne Crowley
Nobody, Nowhere, Donna Williams
On Becoming an Alchemist, Catherine MacCoun
(some of her descriptions are useful)
Party of One, Anneli Rufus
Shoes Outside the Door, Michael Downing
Somebody, Somewhere, Donna Williams
The Spell of the Sensuous, David Abram
Synaesthesia, edited by Simon Baron-Cohen and John Harrison
Thinking in Pictures, Temple Grandin
Touching the Rock, John Hull
Witch of Cologne, Tobsha Lerner (fiction)

Other Authors of Note: Emily Carr, Canadian painter of nature; Carlos Castaneda; Stanislav Grof; Mary Oliver, poet. Descriptions in biographies and autobiographies of artists and scientists often illuminate the inner life of the sensitive. Although Grof writes about expanded states of awareness resulting from the intake of hallucinogens, his work, and that of Castaneda, resonate with many sensitives who struggle with their inherently expanded consciousness. Joanna Trollope is a fiction writer who is extraordinary in her ability to describe the subtlest qualities of the interior worlds of both adults and children.

Films Related to Experiences of Sensitives

Art 21
The Color of Paradise
Garden State
Golden Door (true sensory experience)
Happy Accidents
Heroes (1st Season Series – learning to live with gifts)
How to Draw a Bunny
The Matrix
My Child Could Draw That
Pillow Book (exquisite imagery)
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time
The Tomorrow Man

Books on Other Relevant Topics

The Alchemy of Illness, Kat Duff
Body, Self and Soul, Jack Rosenberg, Marjorie Rand and Diane Asay
Focusing, Eugene Gendlin
Genie in Your Genes, Dawson Church
Hands of Light, Barbara Brennan
Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, Joan Borysenko
On Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
A Path with Heart, Jack Kornfield
The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing, Ernest Rossi
Spacious Body, Jeffrey Maitland
Touching Enlightenment, Reginald Ray
Your Inner Physician and You, John Upledger
Recipes for Self-Healing, Daverick Leggett

Types of Healing
The Alternative Advisor, Time Life Books
Between Heaven and Earth, Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold
The Complete Book of Energy Medicine, Helen Dziemidko
The Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Healing, Gary Null
Discovering the Body’s Wisdom, Mirka Knaster
Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy, Mechthild Scheffer
Energy Medicine, Donna Eden
Energy Medicine, James Oschman
Healthy Healing, Linda Page
Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis and James Balch
Surgery and Its Alternatives, Sandra and David McLanahan

Related Links
Craniosacral work (referrals available from the Upledger Institute)
Flower essences
Mislabeled Child
Myers-Briggs personality inventory, for learning about your temperament
Neurological Integration

Sense of Place
America Town, Mark Gillen
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, John O’Donohue
Biophilia Hypothesis, Stephen Kellert and E. O. Wilson
Changing Places, Richard Moe and Carter Wilkie
Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems, Peter Newman
Dwelling, Place and Environment, edited by David Seamon
The Experience of Place, Tony Hiss
The Geography of Childhood, Gary Nabhan and Stephen Trimble
The Global Soul, Pico Iyer
Green Metropolis, David Owen
The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg
The Gutenberg Elegies, Sven Birkerts
House as a Mirror of Self, Clare Cooper Marcuse
The House of Belonging (poetry), David Whyte
The Luminous Ground, Christopher Alexander
The Messages from Water, Masaru Emoto
On Beauty, Elaine Scarry
Options of Urbanism, Chris Leinberger
A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander
Place and Placelessness, Edward Relph
Place Attachment, edited by Irwin Altman
The Smaller Majority, Piotr Naskrecki
Who’s Your City, Richard Florida

Other Authors of Note: Ivan Illich, Jerry Mander, Lewis Mumford, Yi-Fu Tuan


Ethan Frome
Blue Sky
Eat Drink Man Woman
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
The Sea of Grass
Strangers in Good Company
The Trip to Bountiful
The Color of Paradise
My Architect