High Sensitivity in the Clinical Domain: Why it is a Problem and Means of Treatment

[Speaker] Amemiya, Rei:1,2
1:University of Tsukuba (Japan), 2:Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC2) (Japan)

In order to understand, minimize, and prevent psychological problems, it is necessary to consider the root causes of these problems. High sensitivity or sensory-processing sensitivity (Aron, 1996; 2002) can be introduced as one of the fundamental factors or features among clinical problems associated with borderline personality disorder (Meyer et al., 2005), caused by deficits in emotional regulation (Linehan, 1993; Brindle et al., 2015). It is suggested by providing efficacious psychological training for high sensitivity can lead to successful prevention and treatment of related psychological problems. However, few previous studies have been conducted in the domain of clinical psychology. This session introduces fundamental research concerning the relationship between high sensitivity and the psychological variables that predict or correlate with psychological problems. Furthermore, the usage of psychological interventions for high sensitivity will be proposed in the session, mainly based on mindfulness training (e.g., Kabat-Zinn, 1990) and dialectical behavior therapy (Linehan, 1993).
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