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The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You

I’ve been on a summer holiday and I was also in New York. What a great trip, I’m happy. Oh well, back to everyday routines (that aren’t so bad either) and books and movies.

I’ve tried to read a book about highly sensitive people. The book is The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You written by Elaine N. Aron. I recognize that some of the features of highly sensitive person apply to me, that’s one of the reasons I chose this book to be in my reading list.

I’m not a fan of categorizations, I don’t like people to be typecasted. Still, I have to say, that some of my own qualities have been a problem to other people. My sensitivity to loud sounds and smells, my low tolerance to commerce and big crowds, my need to be alone more than a “normal” person. And those are just a few things. Those other people have categorized me because of these qualities. I’ve been shy, proud, difficult, timid, touchy, selfish, inhibited, introverted and so on. None of these terms are positive. Why?

What if I’ve born with those qualities. In the book The Highly Sensitive Person Elaine N. Aron explains that these people have a very sensitive nervous system and they are more easly overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment.

So, the idea is good. And the book? No. I have no idea to whom she has written this book, is it for the man in the street or to a doctor. There’s just too much analysis of childhood and some irrelevant matters (I’m not saying that persons childhood is irrelevant).

I still think that many people should tolerate difference more. It’s hard to be the quiet, shy and surveillant person in the corner of the room trying to tolerate all the noises, smells and social situations. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to be a little more quiet and thoughtful. I think that some of my highly sensitive person -qualities are actually my best qualities.

In my opinion this book  brings out the highly sensitive people in a negative way. Or was it just that the book was so bad?



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1st to Die

James Patterson’s books are, to me, somehow bland. I choose these books when I want to read something relatively easy, a little bit entertaining and I want to read it fast. Patterson’s books are those books that you forget after you’ve read them.

1st to Die tells about a group of women who set up a “murder club”, a police officer, a doctor, a lawyer and a journalist. They start to solve a series of crimes, a serial killer is murdering newlyweds. At the same time the main character, the police officer Lindsay Boxer is suffering  from health problems, falls in love, loses the guy and gets well.

There is something very stereotyped about this book. I can’t properly explain it, but it’s something about the characters of the books. 1st to Die is a forgettable novel, it doesn’t stand out from the large group of other thriller novels. Of course I’m always pleased when the protagonist in a book (or a movie) is a woman, a heroine.

If you want to read a good thriller novel, in my opinion, this isn’t necessarily the right book. But it’s readable and it doesn’t have any annoying features. I guess that’s something.


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