Remote Work Increasing

“By 2025, some 70 percent of the workforce will work remotely at least five days a month.” I noted a similar statistic in Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career in 2015 and remote work is quickly becoming the norm. This is great news for many highly sensitive people!

Before you get too excited, understand that working remotely implies that you have particular skills and abilities, typically combined with some degree of education. Not all remote work jobs are high-skilled but some of those, such as telemarketing, may be worse for HSPs than working in a physical office space. Other remote work may be skilled work that can be performed from anywhere, making physical location a mute point.

If you want to be able to take advantage of remote work, and I encourage you to do so if you have ever suffered in a physical working environment that is poorly designed or a social environment that is overstimulating, you WILL need skills. The more skills you have, the better off you will be in gaining employment and being able to grow into your potential over time. It might be tempting to think of remote work as an escape but it can quickly become your prison just as well, since, now you will be at home a lot more!

For some people, that would be perfect, for others, it might be maddening in a few months as they need at least a certain amount of social stimulation from their co-workers or managers. Professional interactions are an important component of career growth and ignoring this need will put you on the fast track to stagnation. Many people who work remotely are doing so as a blend between home and office, thereby mitigating some of the isolation. In my view, a roughly 50-50 blend would be a workable schedule for most people, depending on the nature of your specific career.

By the way, I work remotely as well as the program chairman, and professor, for a master’s degree that is entirely online. Higher education is also shifting rapidly to the online format as universities and colleges seek to cut costs and overhead. Speaking as a remote worker, I can say that isolation can be a problem, even if one is diligent about daily self-care and getting out in public. My ideal schedule would be two days at home and three days in the office with perhaps every other week flipping that balance. Luckily, I have more than one professional life ongoing, which helps with balancing it all.

How are you preparing for remote work?


Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career (now in audio book format as well as Ebook and print).

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HS Men’s Weekend

You’ve waited for it, you’ve emailed me about it, and now, here it is: the link to register for the very first Highly Sensitive men’s weekend workshop at 1440 Multiversity! The workshop will be held March 13-15th near Santa Cruz, California and is sure to be a standout event for 2020 as HS men come together in warm-hearted community for the first time to learn about their shared trait, discover the nuances and complexities of life as a HS man, and experience the kind and compassionate energy of other HS men.

This event is sure to be transformative and inspiring!

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Misophonia – Part 1

Here’s a sample of what my new page at Patreon is all about: how about a four part discussion of Misophonia? It’s a seemingly common issue we HSPs face in daily life as we experience certain types of trigger sounds or visual stimuli causing us to feel intense anger, irritation, anxiety, or a need to escape. This is a BIG issue for HSPs…

Part 1 at

DrTracyCooper Patreon page now LIVE

Join me on Patreon as we create a learning community just for highly sensitive people. Together, we can co-create a learning community with real value for all HSPs by exploring a number of important topics. Among those will be the often misunderstood, yet poignant Misophonia, a frustrating and irrational sensitivity to certain noises that a number of HSPs seem to experience; more on HSPs and careers; much more on Positive Disintegration; and much, much more on the sensitive sensation seeker.

I cannot do it alone, though, because creating meaningful work takes time. Subscribing to Patreon frees me up to spend more time working on the issues and topics you care about the most. Want to learn more about a particular area of Sensory Processing Sensitivity? Simply subscribe to my Patreon page and contribute your suggestions, I will listen.

The content on my Patreon page will be more in-depth than I able to offer here on FB. Additionally, I will record videos discussing each topic, since so many of us learn better by seeing and hearing. There will be a monthly video conference for those at the moderate to higher tiers of membership and one-on-one sessions for those at the higher tiers. That’s a great way to get your questions answered or insights provided on your career dilemma or how to contextualize life as a sensitive sensation seeker.

This new learning community moves us beyond the anonymous and isolated world of book publishing to one that is interactive, responsive, and easy to understand, wile remaining rigorous, rooted in the research, and flexible enough to adapt to changing times. Technology will surely change over time and, along with that, how we are able to interact, share information, and form learning communities that can provide vital educational experiences and support.

I invite you to join me on Patreon…

Join me on Patreon!

IMG_20190925_130512438This page started several years ago as a means of reaching the HSP community in a more direct way than through books or other premade media; not surprising given that I am an HSP as well with a deep need for connection and meaning.  The mission of this page has always been to help people by raising awareness and consciousness around Sensory Processing Sensitivity and, in doing so, help people to thrive and live their most decisive and full lives.  In that regard, there have been some compromises made to fit the format and expected length of posts.  It’s always been a juggling act between providing too much content and risking turning people off or providing too little to be of any real use.  I’ve opted to keep posts fairly brief, while introducing and elaborating on a topic enough to stimulate meaningful thinking in support of my page mission, but I have always felt that I want to go more in-depth on many topics.

The time has come now to take advantage of new platforms and new models.  With a new model, I will be able to provide more in-depth content that will be of even greater utility in helping people come to know themselves better, develop strategies for living in the world as, both, a highly sensitive person and a sensitive sensation seeker, and to provide insights on topics that touch the lives of people beyond superficial description of the trait.  Here, for one, I am envisioning moving to higher level discussions of spirituality and how we can direct our creativity toward greater self-actualization, over time.

This new platform is called Patreon and is based on the rather old idea of patrons providing support to enable the creator to invest his time into the things we all care about.  I especially like the patron idea in that it is crowdfunded and, thus, spread out over many people.  This enables the effort to be a true grassroots initiative, rather than one for the elites.  People already support causes they believe in across an incredible variety of topics, from the very serious to the not so serious.

This new page at Patreon will be called, very simply, Dr. Tracy Cooper and will continue the same mission as this blog: to help people by raising awareness and consciousness around Sensory Processing Sensitivity and, in doing so, help people to thrive and live their most decisive and full lives.  The difference will be that content will go into greater depth and breadth, videos will be posted about twice a week, and there will be direct access to a question and answer session each month with me at the higher tier levels.  There are various incentives at each level of subscription, but all are simply meant to be gestures of thanks for ongoing support.

The new Patreon adventure will launch this coming Tuesday, Oct. 1st.  This blog will continue to exist in its current format, with brief articles and some helpful analysis but, if you would like more in-depth content I invite you to consider helping me create a new HSP learning community that is open, warm, and inviting, as well as informative, practical, and educational.

I’ve never been much of a “joiner,” instead preferring to work on my own and enjoy maximum autonomy to pursue what is of most interest to me and that which I feel will be of most use to my audience.  Ironically, I ask you to now “join” me in creating a beautiful new HSP community at Patreon that will be co-created with your support and advice on topics you would like to hear about the most.  When I entertained the idea of a Patreon page, I felt a little resistance at the idea of “performing” for an audience and the way I’ve been able to embrace it is thinking of it as creating a new learning community; community building has always appealed to me and this new venture may lead us down some interesting possibilities.

I’m willing and ready to see where it takes us, are you?  Join me

Upcoming Sensitivity Summit

I’m thrilled to share this FREE online event, beginning Sept. 16th,  where I, and 25+ other phenomenal experts, senssummittshare new understanding and insight about the trait (including the gifts and challenges) of high sensitivity.

Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career

Thrill: The High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person

Autopsychotherapy for HSPs?

Are we capable of autopsychotherapy? Of course we are; who knows us better than ourselves? Kazimierz Dabrowski, a Polish psychologist/psychiatrist created his theory of Positive Distintegration as a way of explaining human growth and development through inner processes that often resemble disintegrative processes, but which are actually quite necessary to bring about the dissolution of lower levels of development in favor of higher levels of personality development.

We know that highly sensitive people are often intense people who experience strong, quick emotions and spend much time in reflection and contemplation. Dabrowski believed that some people have higher levels of developmental potential than others and, thus, are geared for what may be accelerated personality development. This concept has been used extensively by the gifted community, who have long noted that most gifted people tend to be highly sensitive and exhibit many of what Dabrowski termed “Overexcitabilities” or OEs.

OEs should be quite familiar to HSPs as overstimulation to certain, highly individualized stimuli, ie., sensory stimulation, intellectual stimulation, creative stimulation, emotional stimulation, and physical stimulation. Note that not all HSPs are gifted, far from it. Many HSPs are quite intelligent, creative, multitalented in many ways but giftedness is a bit different. The important point to consider is that Dabrowski’s theory of Positive Disintegration is for everyone and can help us to better understand what we might do with our inner milieu of anxieties, depression, and neuroses. To Dabrowski, these were not necessarily a sign of mental illness; rather, they were a sign that a person may be undergoing disintegrative processes that might result in higher levels of personality development over time. He was very careful to articulate that there are, indeed, instances of true mental illness that are organic in nature but most of what we think of as mental “health” is actually culturally-derived and does not reflect true human nature, which to him is more turbulent and disintegrative as a natural state of being.

Can you perform therapy on yourself? Sure, and do so with the aim of creating yourself rather than eliminating a problem.

For more on Dabrowski, feel free to browse a website maintained for his theory:

Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career

Thrill: The High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person (ch. 7 of this book is entirely about positive disintegration as it applies to HSS/HSPs)