“This important book reframes the way we think about sensitivity—our own or someone else’s—and shines a light on the great power in being highly attuned to the world.”—Susan Cain, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet and Quiet
A paradigm-shifting look at a long-undervalued yet hugely beneficial personality trait, from the creators of the world’s largest community for highly sensitive people
“Don’t be so sensitive!”
Everyone has a sensitive side, but nearly 1 in 3 people have the genes to be more sensitive than others—both physically and emotionally. These are the people who pause before speaking and think before acting; they tune into subtle details and make connections that others miss. They tend to be intelligent, big-hearted, and wonderfully creative; they are wired to go deep, yet society tells them to hide the very sensitivity that makes them this way. These are the world’s “highly sensitive people,” and Sensitive is the book that champions them.
By the creators of the world’s largest community for sensitive people, Sensitive teaches us how to unlock the potential in this undervalued strength and leverage it across the most important areas of our lives: in friendships and relationships, the workplace, leadership, and parenting. Through fascinating research and expert storytelling, Jenn Granneman and Andre Sólo show readers that the way to thrive as a sensitive person is not to hide their sensitivity, but to embrace it—and they demonstrate how to do that in each area of life. Weaving together actionable advice, relatable anecdotes, and the latest scientific research, Sensitive shows readers how leaning in to their sensitivity unlocks a powerful “boost effect” to launch them ahead in life. It hands them the tools and insights they need to thrive as a sensitive person in a loud, fast, too-much world.
A powerfully validating, destigmatizing, and practical book, Sensitive plants a gently fluttering flag in the ground for sensitive people everywhere. This inspiring book has the power to change—once and for all—how we see sensitive people, and how they see themselves.
Jenn Granneman and Andre Sólo are the force behind the world’s largest online communities for sensitive people and introverts, Sensitive Refuge and Introvert, Dear. Granneman is also the author of The Secret Lives of Introverts, and has been featured in HuffPost, The Washington Post, the BBC, Oprah Daily, BuzzFeed, Glamour, and more. Sólo has been featured in HuffPost, The Washington Post, Vogue, MSNBC, The Telegraph, and numerous podcasts. Both are regular contributors to Psychology Today and Forbes.
“Offering a deft mixture of science reporting, manifesto, and advice, Granneman and Solo make an urgent case for harnessing the power of the sensitive individual in an increasingly noisy world.”—Cal Newport, New York Times bestselling author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work
“Granneman and Solo’s engaging and science-backed gem of a book is equal parts revelation, validation, and celebration. An absolute must-read for everyone who experiences this world with wholehearted deep feeling, conscience, and empathy.”—Ellen Hendriksen, PhD, author of How to Be Yourself
“A well-organized, thoughtful look at sensitivity by the devoted creators of a popular, information-rich online community for sensitive people.”—Judith Orloff, author of The Empath’s Survival Guide
“Who wins human flourishing wins the future. In gardens of the overlooked and underrated, smart leaders will discover amazing talents: introverts, late bloomers, and now the highly sensitive. Granneman and Solo’s book expands our horizons. It is a victory for humanity.”—Rich Karlgaard, author of Late Bloomers
“Granneman and Sólo, creators of Highly Sensitive Refuge online community for sensitive people, skillfully explore the misunderstood trait. The authors’ argument is cogent and accessible, and they make clear ways readers can harness the trait without ignoring its challenges. This will empower readers to reframe their sensitivity as a strength.”—Publishers Weekly