HSP Public Symposium on high sensitivity on 18 September was a great success!
On 18 September 2018 an HSP public symposium took place at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen with the subject of high sensitivity, a personality feature.
High sensitivity makes people more sensitive to stimuli from the environment. Approximately 20% of the population is highly sensitive. This can lead to overstimulation and negative effects on health such as stress, burnout, depression, but also to the ability to pick up (positive) signals from the environment and respond adequately. Highly sensitive people are more often creative, intuitive and empathetic. High sensitivity is a subject that is very much alive in society and in the media, but is less known in science and (healthcare) professionals.
The interest was great, the HSP Symposium was sold out well in advance.
The opening was done by CEO Harold Bekkering of the Donders Institute and the program consisted of a combination of scientific presentations by Corina Greven and Judith Homberg from the Donders Institute, Patricia Bijterbier from the University in Leuven, stories from experience experts Jeroen Franssen from HSP-Punt , Esther Nent of Equilibrium Arts and Annemarie Verbunt and a panel discussion during which the public could ask questions to Jan Buitelaar, Denise Jonkers, Annet de Zwart and Judith Homberg.
Bringing together science and the public is special, and made it possible to inform the public well about what science does and does not know, and to hear what is happening in society to get involved in the research.
At the congress people were present with different backgrounds and interests, such as people who are highly sensitive, coach, have a manager or HR function, run a company, provide education, or provide mental health care. Getting to know people from different backgrounds and points of view dealing with the subject offers the opportunity to make high sensitivity more known, and ultimately to implement it in practice, eg education of teachers and professionals. As the audience has shown, there is a great need for more understanding and knowledge of high sensitivity, and especially methods for over-excitement and forcing people into their strength.
With this HSP Symposium a start has been given as for the search for roads and connections to achieve this.
If you want to make a part of this, you can register as an HSP ambassador here at www.HSP-Point.com
The first HSP Symposium was a great success!
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