HSP Health Becomes Sensitive Evolution!


Effective December 1, 2015, HSP Health will become Sensitive Evolution. Although there is a name change, the HSP Health website will remain open for a couple of months during the transition period.

The Sensitive Evolution change is occurring for a number of reasons:

  • the HSP Health no longer accurately describes the direction and content of the website. Sensitive Evolution is a better name for a website that is increasingly focused on personal development.
  • some people have sought medical advice which we cannot provide not being doctors. Others have wanted to advertise medical products which is not appropriate. A name change will dispel the misconception that this is a medical site.
  • HSP Health needed to make a platform change in order to provide the robust courses that it needs to create. We have chosen Kajabi as the new course platform.
  • The name, Sensitive Evolution, is more compatible with the new book we are releasing in January, 2016 and the courses that will be available in January also.

What Won’t Change

Many things will remain the same so in some ways you will hardly notice the difference:

  • the logo will be the same and the main colors will be as well.
  • the blog will have all of the posts that are there currently.
  • the free library has been transported and has some new, updated information on the sensitive trait.
  • the newsletter will continue as well.

What Will Be Different

We have made some improvements:

  • the front page has been changed; it has a new nature-oriented look.
  • the courses  on the new site will be more accessible and easier to use. They will include a new, secret Facebook forum instead of unlimited one-on-one coaching making the price point more attractive.
  • the new site will also host our new book, The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Taking Your Place In The World.

Lastly, you will see the image of magnolia blossoms on the front page in on our social media sites. The magnolia blossom was chosen deliberately as a good spirit flower for Sensitive Evolution because of what it represents”

According to Spirit Lodge,

Magnolia is a tree whose energies help to strengthen and activate the heart chakra, the center of idealism, love and healing. More importantly, it aligns the heart of the individual with his or her higher intellect. Magnolia’s spirit strengthens fidelity of all those around it and provides opportunities for developing stronger relationships, based on ideals. Because of this, it is a wonderful tree to have around the home. Magnolia reminds us to be true to our ideals and our heart, no matter the pressure upon us.

According to Wikia

The magnolia symbolizes sweetness, beauty, and love of nature.

Although it has no specific heraldic symbol, it has developed over time into a symbol of femininity, nobility, and perseverance.

Please visit Sensitive Evolution as soon as you can and learn about our new book. We hope you enjoy it!

Who Are Highly Sensitive People?

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15-20% of people are highly sensitive people. That is a huge number: as many as 1 billion people or more on the planet!

HSPs are different in many ways:

  • they often see what others miss
  • their deep processing skills help them see a need for change, or a tipping point before others do. HSPs can be process oriented.
  • HSPs are holistic thinkers. They have a big picture perspective and therefore uniquely constructive solutions to problems.
  • HSPs are also people who notice patterns and therefore how to change them, contributing in important ways to the evolution of the human race.

In our highly complex world, highly sensitive people are not only important but increasingly necessary if we want a world that works.

HSPs are also people who notice patterns and therefore how to change them, contributing in important ways to the evolution of the human race.

The Perspective Of Highly Sensitive People

HSP sensitivity makes them empathetic toward others. As a result, highly sensitive people have a natural transpersonal perspective and a preference for collaborative processes over adversarial ones.

Highly sensitive people are natural visionaries, peacemakers, creatives and humanitarians. One of an HSP’s greatest needs is to treasure their health so that they may play their important role in human life.

HSP Biology

The highly sensitive trait is often transferred through the parents genes. Left-handedness in a family can be a sign that high sensitivity runs in the family.

The nervous system of highly sensitive people is more sensitive to all kinds of stimulus than the nervous system of non-HSPs. The sensory processing challenges that highly sensitive people face can create chronic overstimulation and serious health problems for HSPs.

The highly sensitive person can find themselves overwhelmed or uncomfortable around:

  • bright lights
  • noise
  • uncomfortable fabrics
  • touch
  • electromagnetic devices
  • crowds
  • noisy, frenetic social situations
  • modern entertainment especially entertainment with violence.

Implications Of Highly Sensitive Biology

Since daily life involves more mental and physical processing for an HSP than others and because HSPs pick up more stimuli than others, HSPs must be mindful about the mental workload that they take on. Furthermore, because highly sensitive people are more right brained than left brained (holistic rather than compartmentalized) in their mental processing they work much harder to process the inputs of our left-brained world.

The hyper stimulated culture of the modern consumer society is difficult for HSPs because it magnifies the amount of physical and mental  processing for an HSP’s mental and physical system.

Highly sensitive people have to develop an approach to all forms of stimulus that lets them function in an optimal way. Otherwise the highly sensitive person can become ill and dysfunctional.

Highly Sensitive People, Stress, and Immune Disorders

In 1999, the groundbreaking work of Elaine Aron raised awareness of the highly sensitive person as a different type of person.

Unfortunately many people do not yet self identify as an HSP, since knowledge about HSPs is still new.

As a result, many highly sensitive people suffer for many years if not all of their lives, trying to fit into a culture that does not recognize them or provide the support or treatment they need.

Long term unacknowledged needs for HSPs can lead to additional stress and contribute to immune and other

What this difference in arousability means is that you notice levels of stimulation that go unobserved by others. This is true whether we are talking about subtle sounds, sights, or physical sensations like pain… Elaine Aron, The Highly Sensitive Person

Other Research

Dr. Aron’s work is foundational for understanding the highly sensitive person. Other researchers are investigating the highly sensitive trait as well.

David Richey’s developed a lengthy questionnaire to understand the anomalously sensitive person as detailed in his book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P. Understanding the Anomalously Sensitive Person. His work explores the brain and biochemical anomalies of the anomalously sensitive as well as some of the unique talents and the complex biology of these sensitives. His important research has also detailed some genetic and stress disorders that can affect sensitive people.

HSP Health Challenge

A thorough understanding of what it means to be a highly sensitive person along with a good plan for handling the demands of a sensitive, overtaxed nervous system is the beginning of quality of life for the highly sensitive person.


HSP Health is the voice that I keep quiet. It speaks up and validates.


“I just love reading the HSP Health blog and find all of the material very beneficial and informative. I can relate to nearly every post and have really found a new outlook about myself and my place in this world through Maria’s writing. I have known that I was Highly Sensitive for quite some time now but have just recently started researching and gathering information about the trait in hopes to help better my life and hopefully family members as well. Her blog and website are chalk full of valuable information to help all HSPs out there. Thank you Maria for all that you do for us.”

Kristie Rikke
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“I appreciate your posts because they bring aha moments (a lot of them). I only discovered that HSP was even a thing in 2011. That was when a giant light bulb went off. Finding out about it changed my life in helping me to understand why I was the way I was and also how I could help myself be more prepared to deal with overwhelming situations. Finding out about it just scratched the surface. Reading your blog posts help me to understand even more fully, often pointing out things I didn’t even connect myself. It’s difficult figuring it all out when a lot of the people around me don’t understand it so finding a place that does helps me feel like I belong.”

Karen Droege

“HSPHealth.com has been one of the main resources in my journey to know about HSP. Maria’s blog posts are always insightful as well as professional and her way to communicate is very compassionate.”

Tuula Ahde

HSP Health has been a lifeline for me, it has brought me back from a very dark place. By validating the existence of high sensitivity, finally I have a name for something i knew was there but was unable to describe. Countless doctors and counsellors invalidated my perception of life and tried to cure me. Now I own my sensitivity and know that it is at the very core of my being, not only that, my children are both HSPs, hopefully I can educate them so that together we can all better our life and enjoy our trait, “so thank you for everything that you do.”


HSPHealth offers some of the most refined truths about the characteristics of high sensitivity. There are articles here about how to develop my creativity, how to avoid overstimulation burnout,how to build strong personal boundaries which have raised my quality of life. Thanks!

Popa Mihai

I find it very interesting and validating as it’s sometimes scary being a highly sensitive male in this macho world.


Maria Hill’s HSP Newsletter is always filled with very valuable and inspiring information. Maria is a unique teacher and coach. As a longtime HSP, I have researched and read books about this challenge for more than 6 years. Maria has a refreshing and unique take on what it means to be an HSP and her newsletters always contain up-to-date and unique information. I am very grateful for Maria’s expertise because her point of view always resonates with me.

Judith Fine-Sarchielli

Everything I read on the HSP blog is so ‘spot on’. It’s like your answering the questions in my subconscious. Thank you.