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A Fresh Look at Sensitivity with Andre Sólo

A Fresh Look at Sensitivity with Andre Sólo

Update: 2023-02-27


From hiding out at recess in a storm sewer pipe to co-authoring a book about the trait that drove him there, tune in as Andre Sólo shares his experience as a highly sensitive child through to who he is today, a man proud of his sensitive gifts. In their book, Andre, and his co-author Jenn Granneman, explore the continuum of sensitive experience as well as different types of sensitivity. I inquire as to why they shine a spotlight on empathy and Andre’s answer surprises me. We explore the idea of accommodations, what they call the “Boost Effect”, and ultimately extend an invitation to stand in the strengths of the trait and make the world a better place.

Andre Sólo is a philosopher, professional adventurer and together with business partner, Jenn Granneman, co-authored “Sensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World”. Andre and Jenn collaborate on, a site Jenn started in 2013 and, a place for highly sensitive people to feel “blissfully understood” since 2017.


00:05:24 The sensitivity continuum

00:11:08 Five main gifts

00:12:35 Different styles of sensitivity

00:15:37 Positive language

00:16:46 Introverts and extroverts

00:21:14 Vantage Sensitivity aka the Boost Effect

00:24:54 Living better with sensitivity

00:31:08 Sensitivity, neurodivergence, and accommodations

00:32:44 The world designed for people with sensitivity

00:37:16 The world needs more of what sensitive people have to offer

00:42:10 A love-hate relationship with empathy


Sensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World

Highly Sensitive Refuge

Introvert, Dear

Dr. Elaine Aron's Self-tests

Susan Cain's "Quiet"

Jenn Turnham - Highly Sensitive Extroverts

Happy Space Podcast - episode 5 - There are No Ambiverts

Michael Pluess - Sensitivity Research

Binaural Beats App - App Store

Binaural beats App - Google Play

Georg Simmel

Happy Space Podcast - episode 11 - Silence is Golden - especially for HSPs

Jarvis Jay Masters - "That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row"

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Highly sensitive executive coach and productivity catalyst, Clare Kumar, explores the intersection of productivity and inclusivity continually asking how can we invite the richest contribution from all. She coaches individuals in sidestepping burnout and cultivating sustainable performance, and inspires leaders to design inclusive performance thereby inviting teams to reach their full potential. As a speaker, Clare mic-drops “thought balms” in keynotes and workshops, whether virtual or in-person. She invites connection through her online community committed to designing sustainable and inclusive performance, the Happy Space Pod. Why? Because everyone deserves a Happy Space.

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Audio and Video Editing by: To Be Reel

Production Assistant: Luis Rodriguez

Song Credit: Cali by Wataboi from Pixabay

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A Fresh Look at Sensitivity with Andre Sólo

A Fresh Look at Sensitivity with Andre Sólo

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