The gentle power of highly sensitive people | Elena Herdieckerhoff | TEDxIHEParis

Elena is a mentor for highly sensitive and empathic entrepreneurs. She explains why we need to change the prevalent cultural narrative around highly sensitive people.

Elena Herdieckerhoff, Founder & CEO of Entreprincess, is a mentor for highly sensitive and empathic entrepreneurs. In her TEDx talk, she explains why we need to change the prevalent cultural narrative around highly sensitive people. As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) herself, she has made it her mission to empower other HSP entrepreneurs to turn their sensitivity into their greatest business asset. She is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, including having built a highly acclaimed international luxury skincare brand, and has graduated from the Sorbonne (DEUG), University College London (B.A.) and the London School of Economics (MSc). She is passionate about entrepreneurship, French literature, organic living, Reiki and spirituality!

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45 thoughts on “The gentle power of highly sensitive people | Elena Herdieckerhoff | TEDxIHEParis

  1. Highly sensitive people are probably the strongest people around, considering the amount of pain we endure, because our brain is picking up on everything. Non HSP's would go crazy if they spent a week in our skin. Global warming has affect the planet so much that at certain times in the day the sun is so harsh my skin feels raw from the inside out. I've seen comments by other HSP on being sensitive to the sun during certain times of the day.

  2. I walked into a store today asking about a product and got terrible treatment. I'm not doing into detail, but the employee was incredibly rude to me, mocked me, and it filled me with so much negativity. For hours on end it was all I could think about and it greatly affected my day, so I eventually just broke down and cried. I NEVER cry. I usually ignore superficial comments and criticism, but I believe there's an energy behind everything — negative and positive — and the energy that people direct towards you is really what affects your own. The video gave me a lot more insight, so I called the employee at that store and asked him to be more self aware because the world doesn't need such mindless hate. Thank you.

  3. I m i am..thnk u so much..โค๏ธ๐Ÿค— dat was much needed.. Everytime i only hear things lk dat- u r too sensitive; toughen up; don't tk things at heart…..dis is da first ever time i heard something positive about my sensitivity gift..thnk u..๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. There is definitely something different with us – we have an understanding of what is really going on in the universe and the fact that there is so much more to life than a non hsp may ever realize , sadly. We have some type of gift that gives us the ability to understand in an extraordinarily deep way.

  5. I am a Chinese boy born with a sensitive personality, my oversensitivity makes my parents always show me their disappointment on me since I was a child (by compare me with other "wild" boys)…
    Even when I get elder, I always heard some people said: "You're too gentle as a man to survive", "You'll never succeed because of your personality"…
    I don't know what's wrong with me, even I'm 23 years old, I always lack of inner confidence, always try to make myself tougher, stronger…but it makes me strange and doesn't work…

    But I found I have some traits those tough people may not have: I'm good at reflective thinking, good at find the illness of the real world…And I believe, those who change the world, makes the world better will definitely found the "illness" of reality at first.

  6. This is me. That's why I have the profession That I have. Caring for others its just natural, a part of me and makes me happy. We are the spirit of the world.

  7. Can HSP come from abusive or difficult family background ? I am avoidant / dismissive person means have a lot suppressed emotions and a deeper feelings i hide , i dont make friends or relationships easily but can sense from others through body language , face mimic or energy around them if they are ok or sth sgoing on , iam not sure if i feel like that cos of lack of confidence , that iam the cause of their state or i am HS

  8. Theres a difference between being too sensitive and being over touchy or insecure because then you actually make others feel bad too. I think we need to be both sensitive and tough. We just gotta know when

  9. Thanks for sharing this video. Now I don't feel crazy anymore. I care too much about everyone around me and often feel I can 'feel their emotions' and even get messeges of what people are thinking, even while performing live, and especially during events. Most of the time when i'm not singing or performing I'm a totally different person who like my space and mostly alone. I'm sensitive to everything from food to light on my skin, to sounds, words, images and hygiene. Yes, I guess we are weird people…he he. But on the other hand, I'm also very strong. Learnt to observe and not absorb everything as part of me. It helps sometimes to get through life

  10. This lecture is for me… mind is so powerful that I regret having it sometimes and people who come across my way often end up.disturbing me …they leave after healing and leave me in lurch

  11. I loved the butterfly example..
    we live in a world that praises the strongest, the most aggressive, the wolf, the competitive, but what would be of the world without the soft and gentle? Many of us want to become like a wolf too, but I think we should start to embrace ourselves and our sensitivity, Just look at mother nature: The diversity in it's what makes it so wonderful and amazing. If everyone was aggressive, the world would be awful. Can you imagine butterflies with canine teeth, threatening to bite you? lol it sounds weird because it is.. they are soft and they still give so much to the world, they are as much important and so are you. so embrace who you are!~
    Also sensitive people are badass af and strong too ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž

  12. So insightful. This is me. My family always said I complain too much. They said I get it from my father and Iโ€™m too sensitive and negative. Iโ€™m just giving the facts of what I see. I will read the book you mentioned so I can get more information. This is just what I needed. Thank you so much.

  13. Being a highly sensitive man in this confused masculine dominated world has been rough for me my entire life… But I don't give a f@#$ anymore and I have no problem anymore showing all of myself to anybody

  14. Thanks for describing an issue l live with. I care about people who just laugh at me, and that is like a saw in the gut. Hate is epidemic in culture, and how do we or l solve this problem? Because you can care, you are better able to help, and care for other people. I have had to create a shell to live in my hometown and it feels like l have lost so many experiences. But the things l lost were not ment for me. So l go on trying not to hear the fast food worker discuss my personal life, and to forget about comforts l may never know. So here l go one foot in front of another, hoping for a positive future in a rocky America. I found this talk very toughing, and felt like the speaker on so many levels! Thanks for your Ted Talk! We are proud to be Sensitive!!!!!๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€Imagine no Bullies!!!๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

  15. I was so thrilled to see the term HSP. It changed my life. Non-hsp cannot understand because they are not that way. Instead of feeling shame and guilt, embrace your sensitivity. You are more caring than 80% of the world.

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