"A compelling perspective on the way a form of neurodivergence can ultimately drive effective adaptations rather than serve as a source of difficulty... a unique self-help book focused on the benefits of sensitivity." - Kirkus Reviews.
"A welcome guide for business leaders looking for new ideas and advice when revamping their sensitivity training or for anyone in need of adjusting their mindset and finding new ways to express and feel their emotions." - BookLife by Publishers Weekly.
"When groups congregate, having even one highly sensitive person increases the group's effectiveness. Humans thrive on collective action, and sensitive people like being part of a group and will work to make the group successful. The empath's social nature guides others in improving health and happiness. For those of us who are less sensitive, there are lessons to be learned from the highly sensitive." - Dr. Paul J. Zak, Professor, speaker, neuroeconomist, and author of Immersion: The Science of the Extraordinary and the Source of Happiness.
This is the era of emotion: EQ training for employees, empathy in leadership, the Experience Economy of consumers. But how do we access the full potential of creativity, originality, innovation, intuition, flexibility, and inclusiveness that emotions can unlock? Through sensitivity.
Sensitivity is the degree to which we sense and perceive the world. For too long we have seen it as a weakness, especially in business: Elena Amber demonstrates that it is the source of our most authentic strength, and our superpower for the future.
Elena Amber brings her years of research in human experience and psychology, focused particularly on emotional engagement, her international business experience and her profound meditation practice to show how connecting to emotions by embracing sensitivity unlocks our most extraordinary and profound faculties.
From the Author
Why I Wrote The Gift of Sensitivity and Why You Might Want to Read It
We all born sensitive; I have never met any human without the ability to feel. However, most of us are frozen or disconnected, emotionally stultified. Others are vulnerable and wounded and prefer not to touch the emotional zone, which is often a source of pain. Therefore, many of us prefer a life of self-control instead of a life of freedom. A paradigm focused on self-control rather than self-exploration rules the day.
A New Paradigm: Emotional Liberation Over Self-Control
What if there was a different way—a path that allows you to say farewell to emotional suppression and welcome emotional emancipation? This book will guide you through shedding old emotional burdens and stepping into a realm of emotional health. The invitation here is to change your lens on life, unlock your hidden emotional reservoirs, and surrender to your true nature, for we are not destined to confront our emotions.
Many treat sensitivity as a problem in need of a cure. I encourage you to see it as a gift in need of curation. Why does this paradigm shift matter? "The Gift of Sensitivity: The Extraordinary Power of Emotional Engagement in Life and Work" aims to change the way you think about emotions and sensitivity by addressing questions like:
- The Illusion of Experience: Why experience doesn't matter at all;
- Positive vs. Negative Emotions: Is the aim to minimize negative emotions or build positive ones—and why neither approach is the complete answer;
- The Backyard of Free Will and Consequences: Understanding the ripple effects of your emotional choices;
- Breaking the Chains of 'Energy Lethargy': Why it's crucial to break free from emotional stagnation and how to do it;
- Unlocking Emotional Reservoirs: What are "emotional baskets," and how they can be your untapped source of strength;
- The Creative Conundrum: Why you cannot fully engage with creativity, innovation, originality, inclusiveness, and connectedness unless you embrace your sensitivity;
- Never Sever the Emotional Cord: Why you should not disconnect from your emotions, especially making significant life and work decisions.
Are you ready to redefine sensitivity and discover the extraordinary potential it holds? Embark on this enlightening journey, for it promises nothing less than emotional revolution and a life reshaped by the power of authentic sensitivity.
The Gift of Sensitivity: The Extraordinary Power of Emotional Engagement in Life and Work
Amber, Elena V(Author)
In this motivational guide to sensitivity in the workplace and everyday life, Amber presents sensitivity as a superpower rather than a weakness, exploring the power of leaning into emotions and offering clear-eyed tips on daring to be sensitive when "societal rules support the idea that our tears need to stay inside our private bedroom because we all must keep the concept of a happy life outside." Amber encourages readers to be vulnerable and compassionate, to express feelings, eschew mind games, and claim back our “emotional power.” With an emphasis on reconnection with the self and committed self-care, she draws on her business experience and upbringing to explore sensitivity personal life and professional situations, making the case that “if we know how to take care of our emotional capital, we could start to create from change and stop trying to cope with it.”
The Gift of Sensitivity is an in-depth examination of growth, healing, peace, and “regulating personal energy using emotional power.” Through deeply personal anecdotes such as dealing with her mother leaving her family behind, her father’s health issues, and her own challenges throughout life, Amber is transparent and inviting as a coach and storyteller, offering relatable demonstrations of the art of embracing sensitivity. Amber acknowledges how difficult it can be to let down the walls we put around ourselves, writing “I felt like a survivor who would rather keep the pain sequestered within than touch it again.” But she shares hard-won counsel on how to release the past, accept emotions as they come, and be open to the future.
The Gift of Sensitivity offers a wealth of practical advice as it explores the complexities of releasing fear and learning to cope with life as it comes. This will prove a welcome guide for business leaders looking for new ideas and advice when revamping their sensitivity training or for anyone in need of adjusting their mindset and finding new ways to express and feel their emotions.
Takeaway: Inspiring guide to the power of sensitivity in work and personal lives.