The Nicoll SIHM

by John Nicoll, BHSP

An Integrated Health Model (IHM) for Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health in Individuals with Highly Sensitive Physiology As Well As the Wider Population

“What I’m seeing it that almost every family has at least one moderately or highly sensitive member.”

Kathleen LeRoy, LPC

Introduction

Rather than dealing with abstract concepts, this integrated health model (IHM) is intended to provide a simple, easy to follow framework for health, as well as a concrete treatment model, both of which straddle and connect the fields of mental, emotional, and physical health. Additionally, the model takes into account our new understanding of the presence of highly sensitive physiology within a portion of the human population. This understanding is a bellwether for the future of health care. Fortunately or unfortunately, much of that future simply involves repairing the damage caused to human health by scientific hubris and systemic organizational corruption over the last 70 years.

Every part of this guide has been extensively researched over the course of 35 years. This body of work draws on some of the most important health developments of the past 30 years including the work of Dr. Caroline Myss, Dr. David Hawkins, Dr. Eric Berg, Dr. Ben Lynch. Dr. Barbara Brennan, Dr. Elaine Aron, Dr. Mary Elaine Jacobsen, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Joseph Chilton Pierce, as well as the discoveries and insights of the author himself.

In addition to practical guidelines, the model also addresses some important philosophical underpinnings of health, some of which have become distorted in recent years.

Over the past 40 years, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as the FDA have repeatedly and consistently used profit motivated decisions making processes to build health and health care models which are in fact recipes for sickness and disease. This model provides a method of navigating out of non-functional systems and back into real health.

This IHM encourages the creation of an integrated health care network of counselors, nutritionists, metabolic psychiatrists, and functional medicine doctors capable of effectively bringing health and healing to those in need. The model also aggressively calls for an increase in organic farming and organic food usage due to the very real impact on health of chemical substances used in non-organic farming.

Additionally integration of the subject of highly sensitive physiology helps to eliminate inaccurate diagnosis and “medication” (drugging) of a naturally occurring phenomenon which in truth, has an important evolutionary role and which needs to be integrated into society.

A New Model

The idea that evolution is employing more than one cognitive and perceptual approach to life introduces a major contextual shift for humanity’s understanding of itself. This shift has implications for our social structures, for multiple fields within healthcare and medicine, for engineering, as well as significant implications for education and developmental theory.

Historically, because individuals with the physiology for high sensitivity are a natural minority, assumptions have been made that their perceptual approach to life is somewhat of an aberration. Western society does not currently screen for, or prize “high sensitivity” as a cultural ideal. Yet many elements of that same society are currently bending over backwards in an attempt to appear sensitive. The irony is palpable.

Up until now, the topic as a whole has been, and is being, badly mishandled. The opportunity? For Western society to come into balance via the evolutionary mandates present in HSP.

Correcting A False Assumption

All human beings experience a basic assumption that other people experience life in basically the same way that they themselves do. The sky is blue, it is cold outside, that’s a table, that’s a bird, etc…

We do have some degree of common experience.

However, anyone with experience in human relationships knows the problems that come with assuming that each person is experiencing life via identical perceptual and cognitive models of reality. Much of the tension and growth in human relationships come from this challenging dynamic.

The presence of highly sensitive physiology invites us to take this principal one step further, with profound implications.

 

Direction of Care

This IHM introduces several new ideas, one of which is “direction of care.” Direction of care states that the higher one rates on the scale of sensitivity, the more aptitude for care is present.

The presence of high sensitivity gives us the following gradient and direction of movement:

———>———>———>———>———>———>———>———>———>———>———>

High Sensitivity       Moderate Sensitivity       Low Sensitivity

What does this mean? Well, the following is implicated:

  • Generally speaking, effective care moves from left to right and not from right to left. To use a practical example, a “low sensitivity” therapist would not be able to effectively work with a “high sensitivity” client.
  • Individuals are most effectively mirrored by others who are near, or above their level of sensitivity. This has implications for child development, education, interpersonal relationships, and treatment models for health.
  • Trauma can arise do to a lack of mirroring. The direction of care principle provides new insight into the root causes of such trauma.

Direction of care is a principle to keep in mind when working with while evaluating the treatment model below.

The Treatment Model

I. Checking for High Sensitivity

“In my work, I’ve come to see that HSP traits can be confused with and misdiagnosed as a psychological malady.”

Carolyn Memmott, MSW, LCSW

“Although people with HSP make up only 1/4 to 1/3 of the population, they make up more than 50% of all therapy patients.”

Dr. Elaine Aron

A sound approach to successfully addressing mental, emotional, and physical health requires an understanding of the presence of highly sensitive physiology (HSP) within human beings.

To date, the most prevalent terms used to describe high sensitivity have been “Sensory Processing Sensitivity”, “Environmental Sensitivity”, and Dr. Aron’s original term, “The Highly Sensitive Person.” On the surface however, these terms do not highlight the evolutionary role, that is, the underlying story, of what high sensitivity is for. Furthermore, due to the nature of language, they leave room for considerable misunderstanding of the subject. For this reason, the term “highly sensitive physiology” have been chosen both for its convenient overlap with widely used acronym “HSP” and for its clarifying quality.

This IHM makes the following claims regarding highly sensitive physiology:

  • HSP has an evolutionary role to play which has implications for personal health as well as for humanity’s social and societal structures.
  • Individuals with HSP are prone to variances in neurotransmitter levels. These variances are part of the physiological design of high sensitivity and are there for a reason.
  • Dietary interventions, metabolic support, and lifestyle restructuring are the best methods of supporting individuals with HSP.
  • Due to the presence of more than one perceptual (experiential) and cognitive approach to life, individuals with highly sensitive physiology have certain requirements in terms of mirroring.

and due to the coining of the phrase “the highly sensitive person” by Dr. Elaine Aron, “high sensitivity” has been contextualized primarily, and erroneously, as a “personality trait.”

High sensitivity is in fact, an evolutionary strategy that so far, has been observed in over 100 species. The evolutionary implications of this have been largely overlooked.

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II. Differential Susceptibility

Differential susceptibility suggests that some individuals may be more sensitive to both positive and negative experiences, while others may be more resilient or resistant. Understanding these individual differences can be crucial in fields such as child development, mental health, and personalized medicine, as it highlights the need to consider unique susceptibilities and responses to interventions.

Fort he purposes of this IHM, the differential susceptibility assessment when working with individuals who have been identified as having highly sensitive physiology. These individuals are genetically predisposed to be more impacted (either positively or negatively) by their childhood environments.

III. Diet

When addressing mental and emotional health challenges, a low carb, no sugar diet should be tried before any pharmaceutical solution, with very few exceptions.

“My aunt was always known as the one in the family that had problems. The identified patient. Eventually, she was on about six medications. She tried everything, all kinds of food programs, tried some OA stuff, then, at 68 years old, when she finally when she finally looked at, sugar, gluten and dairy, and intermittent fasting, that’s when she came off all the medications except one. Of that generation, she’s now the one that’s steady, while everyone is relatively anxious. She’s creative now, that has blossomed. Once she switched to this way of eating, the change was profound.”

Kathleen LeRoy, LPC

Why is this, and why does it work so well? Simply put:

  1. Sugar is a short term, unstable energy source for the human body. It is not a good source of fuel for the human brain.
  2. Eating sugar has a profound impact on neurotransmitters function. Neurotransmitters directly and profoundly impact the way we think, feel, and perceive the world. The significance of neurotransmitters cannot be overstated. Sugar consumption contributes to powerful peaks and valleys in neurotransmitter function, especially dopamine. This leads to mood swings, brain fog, and a generally unstable mental state.
  3. Because our society is so sugar laden, most people have never had the experience of using fat as their primary fuel source. Everyone should have the baseline experience of converting the body to burning fat, and be able to experience the calm, even brain function and clearing of brain fog that comes with it. And because this conversion process is so easy to achieve, it is reasonable to recommend that people give this a try. They don’t have to maintain this way of eating, but many will choose to due to the profound improvement in PEM.

Across the board, we are seeing an ever increasing push to use pharmaceutical solutions for every ailment. The problem is that these “solutions” are actually band-aids and often very bad ones at that. The problem arises from the fact that these companies make money when people are sick. They are financially incentivized to ignore simple, natural solutions for health.

The drug Ozempic is the latest horror story to come out of the pharmaceutical industry and I will use it as a model through this guide to illustrate….

Similar, in the U.S., food guidance for the last 50(?) years has been guided largely by the Food and Drug Administration. As part of the federal government, this governing body has been subject to profound lobbying influence from multiple industries. The result? Food guidance that has more to do with the profit of various lobbyist influences than it does with individual health.

The results:

  • Heart Disease, a leading cause of death in the U.S. – completely preventable
  • Type II Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, and Alzheimer’s Disease, a widespread health crisis in the U.S. – completely preventable

Addressing Sugar

For the purposes of this model, I will focus simply on the subject of sugar, one of the most subsidized and harmful substances on the planet. Simply put, individuals who are dealing with mental, emotional, or physical health issues, should be encouraged to convert their bodies from burning sugar to burning fat. They do not have to remain in this state, but most people in modern society have never experienced the difference. And in a majority of cases, this step alone will provide a significant change in their health: physical, mental and emotional.

Perhaps you have heard of the term “ketosis” or “keto.” More than just a fad, the well researched subject represents a verifiable method of converting the body from using sugars a fuel source to using fat. Everyone should at least have an experience of this once in their lives. They can go back to eating sugar if desired, but the stable emotional and mental states that come from fat burning should be experienced. Why? Because it brings calm, clears brain fog, reduces anxiety, helps and to clear depression. In short, this simple conversion addresses many of the health issues faced by people today. It also provides an empowering experience of helping people return to health via entirely natural methods.

Whether individuals choose to remain in a state of ketosis with the attendant eating patterns is entirely up to them. Properly educated, most will choose at least some modification of diet in order to continue reaping the obvious mental, emotional, and physical health benefits.

Organic Food

We live in such a complex society now, with everything being scientifically modified. As such, it’s hard to know just what’s what. For a long time now, skeptics have claimed that the genetic modification of our food sources is not an issue. To some degree, they may be right, though there is a strong argument to the contrary. The real issue with GMO food isn’t necessarily the modified genes within the food, it’s the weed killer that is sprayed on these foods: glyphosate.

Glyphosate has a disruptive effect on the gut. I’ll talk more about why this is important in the gut health section below. To reiterate however, the reason to eat organic food is to avoid this dangerous chemical which can have a significant impact on physical, emotional, and mental health.

III. Gut Health

One of the main tenets of this model is that a significant portion of mental and emotional discomfort can be relieved by addressing underlying physical issues. Fro example, approximately 95% of serotonin is produced by healthy bacteria in the gut. This means that human begins have a profoundly symbiotic relationship with the community of bacteria that live in our digestive tract. In fact, because so much serotonin is produced by these bacteria, our experience of the world is extraordinarily dependent on gut health.

It’s so important that underlying health issues be addressed so that clients and patients have the necessary underpinnings for PEM. Without this support, clients and and patients can cycle through chronic issue that are not essentially psychological in nature.

Across the board, we are seeing an ever increasing push to use pharmaceutical solutions for every ailment. However, the pandemic and the COVID vaccinations have now given us a clear example of just how dangerous pharmaceutical solutions can be. This fact is not new however, it is merely on grand display.

To give another example, I was given a pharmaceutical “medication” for acne at the age of fourteen.

IV. The Importance of Exercise & Understanding Insulin

Due to the fact that obesity has become an ever increasing issue in America, and to keep things simple, this model groups exercise and insulin awareness into one section.

Exercise

In times past, the importance of regular exercise was well known; however with the health care industry becoming so badly skewed in recent years, it bears repeating. Individuals should be engaging in regular exercise of their choosing, with a minimum goal of one, 30 minute walk per day. The context here is PEM, so if a client or patient is dealing with health issues, it should be ascertained if they are engaging in regular exercise.

Insulin

Insulin is a big “secret” to health and well being. If not for the profound presence of sugar in our societies, the topic would not be so important. Here are the most important things to know about insulin:

  • When insulin levels are high, the body cannot burn fat. This is the root of rampant obesity.
  • Overconsumption of sugar over time leads to something called “insulin resistance.” IR is the root of Metabolic disorders including Type II diabetes, Metabolic Disorder, and Alzheimer’s.

Again because of financial motivation, this subject has been carefully covered up over the last 50(?) years. As an example of how bad this can get, let’s look at what’s currently happening with Ozempic…

V. Neurotransmitter Awareness

Neurotransmitters play a profound role in the way that we think, feel, and perceive the world. The topic was addressed in depth by Carolyn Myss(sp?) in her book _______ back in 19________. However, after decades of study, and speaking to General Practitioners, Gastroenterologists, Therapists, Healers, and Nutritionists, the it’s clear that the role of neurotransmitters in human health has a ways to go.

Here’s a video that delves into just how important they are:

Neurotransmitter production and function are wrapped up in the body’s metabolism.

Metabolism: The chemical processes occurring within a living cell or organism that are necessary for the maintenance of life. In metabolism some substances are broken down to yield energy for vital processes while other substances, necessary for life, are synthesized.

If removing sugar, and addressing diet do not provide a vibrant level of PEM health, there may be underlying metabolic issues which need to be addressed.

When this is the case, there are some metabolic and genetic tests that can be performed.

VI. Physical Connection

In may of 2023, the U.S. Surgeon General released an advisory raising an “Alarm about the Devastating Impact of the Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation in the United States.” (Read here…)

The rise of digital tech, combined with the social impacts of the pandemic have led to a crisis of connection in our society. Despite the perceived convenience of operating from home, it is important that we make a push back towards social connection. Whenever possible, therapists for example should meet with clients in person.

In the case of individuals with highly sensitive physiology, there is also the need to be able to find and spend time with other individuals who experience life thought the same perceptual model. This need is gradient specific. That is, individuals living with high sensitivity will be highly aware of less sensitive individuals and be able to mirror back to them effectively. This dynamic doesn’t work in reverse however. Less sensitive individuals will struggle to effective mirror more highly sensitive individuals.

This lack of mirroring builds up over time, forming possibly chronic psychological and emotional frustration. The solution is for highly sensitive individuals to understand that they have this physiology and then to consciously develop relationships with other individuals who are wired the same way. Historically, the awareness of sensitivy as a perceptual strategy has been so low, that most individuals have just suffered in silence with this.

VII. Individuation

Individuation is a long process, beginning in puberty whereby children separate from their parents. Psychologically at first, and then physically. The individuation process is going to be a little different for everyone, but generally the same.

Actually no. Our new awareness of the presence of HSP indicates that highly sensitive teens require a significantly different indication process into adulthood. This process is directly tied to the biological design and purpose of high sensitivity.

VIII. Sexuality

I have already mentioned the damaging effects of corporate profit incentives on our dietary and medical models. Similarly, corporate profit incentives within the entertainment, media, and tech platforms have resulted in too much sexualization of young adults. Never before have young people been so bombarded by body imagery, sexual messaging, and even hardcore pornography at such a young age. This dynamic is a direct result of the existence of the Internet, and there is certainly danger involved.

That sexual confusion has erupted in the last few years is no surprise. And unfortunately (and true to form), this confusion has been further commoditized into a business model which is now resulting in the chemical and physical mutilation of young adults.

Furthermore, these entities are profit driven to hijack attention.

The biological process of individuation is meant to involve a healthy process of socialization.

The simplest solution is to encourage teenagers to disengage from devices and time spent online and to engage in interpersonal activities.

The Sexualization of High Sensitivity

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A Note About Gender Ideology & the Use of Gender Pronouns

[About gender: due to the invention and rise of the Internet, kids rebellion can be quite vocal and widespread in terms of being seen. This results in two things:
One. The spreading of ideas which are coming from young people and not older, more educated and wiser people
Two ironically it allows for the Taking advantage of these young people (I.e., Mark is fallacy), Corrupted, pharmaceutical and medical industries, etc.] – Maybe this ends up being a linked, separate article…

The progressive idea that gender identity is a social construct and has no inherent biological reality has swept though some some Western nations over the past few years. Interestingly, this topic is intimately related with HSP in a certain sense. I’ll talk about that in a moment, but first it needs to be said that this idea is a harmful one, and should not be encouraged or endorsed by mental health professionals.

You will, inevitably have to deal with the issue from time to time now that the ideology has become somewhat mainstream. In these cases, the focus must be on addressing the underlying issues involved. The attempt to make gender a fluid concept simply makes no sense.

What’s really going on then?

As discussed in section one, the presence of highly sensitive physiology is a biological reality, not only in humans, but within many species in the animal kingdom. Its presence in humans is only very barely understood and up until now, has been conceptualized mainly as an aspect personality. The truth though is that while there are inevitable manifestations within the personality, high sensitivity is in fact an evolutionary strategy at play. And it must be carefully noted that this strategy produces a different perceptual and congnuitive experience of life – by design.

Since this evolutionary “life approach”, which has developed over millions of years of evolution, is experienced by a minority of the population, since it is not well understood or supported, and since “sensitivity” in general is not a cultural ideal in most Western nations, people born with this biology are naturally going to feel unseen, misunderstood, and heavily invalidated in their personal experience.

Without a supportive framework in place throughout childhood, young adulthood, and into adulthood, people born with HSP are, in many cases, not getting adequate mirroring of their identity. Hence the identity crisis which gender ideology has attempted to solve.

Differential Susceptibility

As Dr. Aron has noted in her work, people born with HSP are subject to something called “differential susceptibility.” Namely, that children with HSP who grip in supportive nourishing environments tend to end up more well adjusted than the average person, while those with harmful, neglectful, or unsupportive upbringings, tend to be more harmed and traumatized, and struggle more as adults.

This being the case, the idea that one is a victim of life, and born in the wrong body can be an attractive proposition for very painful and confusing circumstances. It does not however, represent a meaningful solution and in the worst cases results in physical mutilation, sterilization, and permanent hormonal damage which can lead to a lifetime of suffering – without ever getting at the root issues involved. Gender ideology is in short, a very poor attempt at addressing human health.

The good news it that an understanding of, and support for, highly sensitive physiology can bring real health and healing to individuals who have experienced a difficult upbringing. And, the subject presents immense hope for humanity as these healthy individuals with HSP have important social roles to play in society.

IX. Trauma, PTSD, & CPTSD

The topics of trauma, PTST, and CPTSD are complex. The treatment of these issues with such methods as CBT, DBT, Brainspotting, EMDR, Subtle Energy Medicine, Core Energetics, Network Chiropractic, Massage, Attachment Theory, and other methodologies falls outside the purview of this presentation.

What I am going to address is the the role of physical strength, gut health, metabolism, and neurotransmitters as important foundations for trauma healing. And really this boils down to neurotransmitters.

It well known that trauma is stored in the body [1] as well as in the psychodynamic, subtle energy system of the body [2]. Since neurotransmitters are the molecules of communication, they are an important part of healing, particularly when communication blocks have been purposely, if unconsciously or subconsciously, established in order to protect one’s self from untenable circumstances.

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Spiritual Health

Though this topic is presented at the end of the list, its importance cannot be overstated. It is placed at the end of the list for two reasons:

  • All of the above subjects help to lay a foundation for spiritual health.
  • Free Will is of utmost importance with regards to spirituality. The subject must be treated with care as each individual will be at a different stag of spiritual development.

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About the Author

John Nicoll’s physical, mental, and emotional health was devastated at the age of 14 by a pharmaceutical chemotherapy treatment for acne. Because of severe damage to the gut flora, a topic not understood at the time, and because the drug was issued by a doctor and called a “medication,” and because the injury occurred during puberty and individuation into adulthood, John had no idea what had happened to him. However, he entered into a realm of pain and suffering that was to last approximately 35 years.

In his late twenties and early thirties, John studied under Dr. Barbara Brennan, a former NASA physicist who went on to establish her own school of subtle energy medicine. Studies here included human anatomy and physiology, childhood development, etc.., the school did not provide a solution to the health issues John was facing.

In fact, some of the unnatural stressors of modern life are causing physiological harm to the population and rather than recognize the implication of these unnatural stressors, aspersions are instead cast upon those who are most generically vulnerable.

 the larger assumption that there is one, main way of experiencing life is a natural assumption, though incorrect as it turns out.

This assumption, it turns out, is false. And because our educational and health care systems are operating on this false assumption, there is a lot of unnecessary harm and poor standards of care in place.

What is so fascinating about the presence of high sensitivity is the implication that nature has already figured out the heath of the group is improved by embedding different perceptual approaches into the group.

this strategy has purpose and value. Because HSP is found in only 1/4 to 1/3 of the general population and is still only now beginning to be understood, health care systems are almost completely ignorant of this important subject.

As a result, doctors, therapists, and educators are mistreating and misguiding individuals who are born with this physiology.

HSP can, and should be tested for. This holds true for children, teens, and adults. As a first step in addressing mental health issues, one must know which perceptual model is present in the physiology of the individual: highly sensitive, moderately sensitive, or low sensitivity. [improve]

No one is better than the other, they are simply different approaches to life, each presenting different health challenges and needs.

Another Layer of Biological Variety

Nature is entirely comprised of biological variety. The fact that life itself develops a nearly infinite diversity in its approach to survival is indisputable.

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We now know that another layer in this incredible complexity is the presence and function of “high sensitivity.” The term itself can be quite confusing, so let’s define it. High sensitivity is nature’s design for heightened awareness, that is the combination of increased sensory input, deeper processing and integration of that input, and an increased capacity for empathy.

And since the perceptual experience of high sensitivity cannot occur without the underlying, genetically rooted variations in physiology, we will use the term high sensitive physiology to refer to the grounding of this perpetual approach to life in the body itself. Perception and physiology are intimately related, a fact that this integrated health model will keep coming back to.

The presence of high sensitivity gives us the following gradient (or spectrum):

———->———->———->———->———->———->———->———->

High Sensitivity           Moderate Sensitivity         Low Sensitivity

The radical implications are that:

  • There isn’t one “correct” perceptual approach to life
  • Individuals from within one perceptual group are best suited to care for other members within that group.*

*There is a caveat to the second point however which is bound up in the biological function of sensitivity.

Direction of Care

The heightened awareness produce by highly sensitive physiology has a biological function. This function seems to be a heightened awareness of the environment, as well as a cautionary, “think before acting” approach, combined with empathy, that is care for the health and well being of others and the group as a whole.

There may be a tendency to frame qualities arising from HSP as archetypal feminine qualities. And while this is true to a certain degree, HSP also produces a masculine archetype that is highly valuable. Namely that of sensitive, strong leadership as opposed to psychopathic leadership which is in fact biologically weaker. For the purposes of this presentation however, let us not stray too far into that subject.

The relevant point for mental and emotional health care is that the presence of highly sensitive physiology provides a “direction of care”:

Direction of Care

———->———->———->———->———->———->———->———->

High Sensitivity           Moderate Sensitivity         Low Sensitivity

What does this mean? Well, the following is implicated:

  • Generally speaking, effective care moves from left to right and not from right to left. To use a practical example, a “low sensitivity” therapist would not be able to effectively work with a “high sensitivity” client.

When moving from the more gross descriptions of perception to the more subtle, common ground becomes increasingly difficult to describe.

nature has determined, over evolutionary time, that embedding more than one perceptual and cognitive experience into a species can be clearly and simple understood via the specialization of male and female, in terms of their role in raising their young for example.

This natural assumption certainly finds some form of expression in our educational and health care systems, both of which play foundational roles in shaping models of health as well as general expectations of what is “normal.”

However, the presence of high sensitivity has pointed out the fact that nature has determined, over evolutionary time, that embedding more than one perceptual and cognitive experience into a species has value and benefit.

Distinct Variations

The experience of “the highly sensitive person” is underpinned by actual variations in physiology. For example, there is increased sensory processing, generally lower levels of serotonin, and heightened brain activity in the insular cortex. In short, what we call “high sensitivity” is nature’s design for heightened awareness. one of the results of this physiology is a more “careful” and “thoughtful” approach to life.

As an evolutionary strategy, high sensitivity has purpose and value, as determined over evolutionary time. In fact, it’s possible that we see an emergence…

Rule of Thumb

Mental and emotional health professionals should take the HSP test to see where they score. As a general guideline, a therapist’s level of sensitivity should be equal to, or greater than that of the client. When this is not the case, the client will have difficulty experiencing an adequate level of mirroring.

A Note About Giftedness

A 2015 study found that almost 90% of “gifted and talented” individuals, that is those with an IQ in the top 2%, also have highly sensitive physiology. I have seen how rapid pattern recognition in these individuals can be “diagnosed” as ADHD. While a relatively small subset of the population, these individual are quite important and need support and access to resources that are specific the their unique way of experiencing life. More details here…

A Note About the Term “Neurodiversity”

The graphic at the beginning of this model provides a new understanding of behavioral and cognitive function in human beings. The term “neurodivergent” has always bothered me, and with this new framework, the reason becomes apparent. “Neurodivergence” implies the presence of a primary mode or model of neurological function. The model is simply not an adequate one.

The term fails to adequately convey the evolutionary nature of highly sensitive physiology.

What’s Good for Highly Sensitive People is Good for Everyone

This idea refers to the fact that, in this treatment model, solutions that help with HSP are also good for other people.