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Are You an HSP?

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Those in the know will know I’m not referring to Hispanics, but in fact a highly sensitive person. Like a lot of things we’re still learning about inside that tricky brain of ours, there has been a lot of misunderstanding about this subject over the years. But there’s now a doctor in the house!

In her post titled, funny enough, “Are you a highly sensitive person (HSP)?“, psychology professor Dr. Andrea Dinardo explains that HSP is not a choice; it’s biological (she’s got cool pictures to back this up, too). As she puts it:

“Brain scans show that HSP’s have ‘heightened activity in empathy-related brain regions‘ including the anterior insula (insular cortex), highlighted in the brain scan below.

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Definitely take time to visit Dr. Dinardo’s site, but if you’re curious whether you’re not just uber sensitive/hysterical/overly emotional, and actually HSP, check out the following self test:
  • Are you easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens nearby?
  • Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time?
  • Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows?
  • Do you need to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation?
  • Do you make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations?
  • Do you notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art?
  • Do you have a rich and complex inner life?
  • When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive or shy?

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New Crack on the Block

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Like we need more crack for computer users.

Nir Eyal has an interesting post out today called “The Billion Dollar Mind Trick: An Intro to Triggers.” Watch out you fans of Instagram. Red flags all around.

“We check Twitter when we feel boredom. We pull up Facebook when we’re lonesome. The impulse to use these services is cued by emotions. But how does an app like Instagram create internal triggers in…millions of other users? Turns out there is a stepwise approach to create internal triggers:”

Uh-oh. “Stepwise” sounds well thought out. “Approach” seems savvy and business-like. And here’s the secret formula that Colonel Sanders and the Rice Krispies crew have been concocting while you snap, chat and post:

1 — EDUCATE AND ACQUIRE WITH EXTERNAL TRIGGERS

2— CREATE DESIRE

3 — AFFIX THE INTERNAL TRIGGERS

Yep. Those guys took a page right out of the “Welcome to My Neighbourhood: Let Me Introduce You to My Friends Mary Jane, China White & Charlie” playbook.

I’m not sure how many more apps and online services we need to fully destroy our brains and take away from free time that could otherwise be used to do more wholesome things like bake bread or play darts.

All I know is that Jonathan Franzen was onto something when he bemoaned young writers trying to make a go of it in this day and age, saying that he feels sorry for the lot of us because how on earth are we supposed to write creatively when we’re supposed (i.e. expected) to be online most of the time and building our brand.

Oh, Mr. Franzen, if you only knew…

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