The HSP book explains HSP as the "check" for the other 80% of the population. When the 80% want to do something in a dramatic fashion (wage a war,
beat up a neighbor, ex) the HSP, due to the chemical reaction, uses the "pause", the insight, to offer advice. It doesn't help if a leader/person
doesn't give a flying fig about getting advice!
Gorman pointed out about the use of a "strong will". That trait certainly ran in my family. So I think if being HSP is combined with a strong
willpower, one can put the sw to work to mitigate the negative side affects of HSP.
I also was able to search out "self help" books, listen to advice, etc, to learn how to navigate in Life, to get what I needed out of Life. Jeez,
only took me over 40 years
I always took to heart Churchill's speech
"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor
and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."
My "enemy" was myself, how my body/brain reacted to certain things, and how I was reacting to those reactions. Once I accepted that I wasn't
hopeless to change things, the change for better happened.
Coffee? I'm on my second mug now, but I learned years ago to cut back, as it was explained to me that, after 5 cups, one is a clinical neurotic
"Decaffeinated" still has some caffeine, and I can feel it. And, yeah, a caffeine withdrawal headache can be merciless. One thing, I can buy
more expensive coffee by drinking less and savoring what I drink. Afterall, coffee advertising made us all feel we needed to drink pots of the cheap
stuff...can't start our day w/o it. MrD and I still remember the ad jingles.
Oh, I'm currently reading a book about autism by Temple Gardiner. She explains it like it is, as she is autistic. She is all for helping the child to
overcome the negative effects by making sure the child engages in actions (as simple as playing games to learn about taking turns, ex) that allow for
the undesired effect to be lessened, and to work with the strengths the child has (broaden the keen interest in a subject, ex) It's all hard work.
I didn't know any better when I was young, so I probably stumbled on to mitigating some undesired HSP stuff. Like, if I had to give a speech in front
of classmates, I made sure it was on some topic of interest to me.
As an adult, I had to learn to do what was best for me, even if that meant not joining (social) groups that others found "fun"; I had to learn to
get comfortable saying "No" a lot.
Oh, yeah, and be comfortable with who I was and laugh it off...I sure wasn't harming anyone or myself...like not joining a bunco group is going to
ruin my life or someone else's life.
OTOH if I wanted to sit in an audience to hear my favorite music live, then I made sure I did it. Everyone
else seemed to be able to do what they wanted, so decided I could, too.