The Highly Sensitive Man: Finding Strength in Sensitivity by Falkenstein, Tom

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ISBN 9780806539324 – KENSINGTON – RANDOM HOUSE US Hardback 272 pp – August 2019

TOM FALKENSTEIN has worked in the mental health sector since 1999 and as a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist since 2006. After obtaining his degree in psychology at the University of Glasgow, he completed his five-year postgraduate training in psychotherapy in Berlin. He then moved back to the UK where he worked as a psychotherapist in London. During this period, he developed a particular interest in high sensitivity and working with highly sensitive people. He has been working (training? Is being supervised by?) with Dr. Elaine Aron (author of The Highly Sensitive Person) since 2015 and has founded the European Centre for High Sensitivity ( Currently practicing in Berlin, he also offers consultations for highly sensitive people in both English and German. The Highly Sensitive Man is his first book and was published in Germany by Junfermann in September 2017. It has been translated into a number of other languages.

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Highly sensitive people think deeply, empathize instinctively, and behave in an ethical way that benefits everyone. Today, with the negative effects of “toxic masculinity” and aggressive behavior in evidence all around us, we need highly sensitive people-especially men-more than ever. Yet for men in particular, being highly sensitive brings distinct challenges, such as gender stereotypes that portray them as too emotional or not “manly” enough.

Cognitive behavioral psychotherapist Tom Falkenstein offers the first psychological guide that specifically addresses highly sensitive men and those who care about them, and explores the unique advantages and obstacles they face. Drawing from his training with pioneer in the field Dr. Elaine Aron, and his own groundbreaking work, Falkenstein incorporates the most
up-to-date research on high sensitivity-what it is and isn’t-how it relates to male identity, and provides one-of-a-kind advice and practical tools, including-

Self-assessment tests to measure high sensitivity
Strategies to cope with overstimulation and intense emotions
Exercises that enhance relaxation, mindfulness, and acceptance
Advice on self-care and self-compassion
Techniques to deal with situations that highly sensitive people often find difficult
Interviews with men who have learned to live well with high sensitivity
Insights into the key role that highly sensitive men have to play in today’s world

Including an illuminating conversation with Dr. Aron, The Highly Sensitive Man is an invaluable book that will help redefine masculinity and reveal how high sensitivity can enrich men’s lives, their communities, and the lives of those who love them.