Remote Work Increasing

“By 2025, some 70 percent of the workforce will work remotely at least five days a month.” I noted a similar statistic in Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career in 2015 and remote work is quickly becoming the norm. This is great news for many highly sensitive people!

Before you get too excited, understand that working remotely implies that you have particular skills and abilities, typically combined with some degree of education. Not all remote work jobs are high-skilled but some of those, such as telemarketing, may be worse for HSPs than working in a physical office space. Other remote work may be skilled work that can be performed from anywhere, making physical location a mute point.

If you want to be able to take advantage of remote work, and I encourage you to do so if you have ever suffered in a physical working environment that is poorly designed or a social environment that is overstimulating, you WILL need skills. The more skills you have, the better off you will be in gaining employment and being able to grow into your potential over time. It might be tempting to think of remote work as an escape but it can quickly become your prison just as well, since, now you will be at home a lot more!

For some people, that would be perfect, for others, it might be maddening in a few months as they need at least a certain amount of social stimulation from their co-workers or managers. Professional interactions are an important component of career growth and ignoring this need will put you on the fast track to stagnation. Many people who work remotely are doing so as a blend between home and office, thereby mitigating some of the isolation. In my view, a roughly 50-50 blend would be a workable schedule for most people, depending on the nature of your specific career.

By the way, I work remotely as well as the program chairman, and professor, for a master’s degree that is entirely online. Higher education is also shifting rapidly to the online format as universities and colleges seek to cut costs and overhead. Speaking as a remote worker, I can say that isolation can be a problem, even if one is diligent about daily self-care and getting out in public. My ideal schedule would be two days at home and three days in the office with perhaps every other week flipping that balance. Luckily, I have more than one professional life ongoing, which helps with balancing it all.

How are you preparing for remote work?


Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career (now in audio book format as well as Ebook and print).

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HS Men’s Weekend

You’ve waited for it, you’ve emailed me about it, and now, here it is: the link to register for the very first Highly Sensitive men’s weekend workshop at 1440 Multiversity! The workshop will be held March 13-15th near Santa Cruz, California and is sure to be a standout event for 2020 as HS men come together in warm-hearted community for the first time to learn about their shared trait, discover the nuances and complexities of life as a HS man, and experience the kind and compassionate energy of other HS men.

This event is sure to be transformative and inspiring!

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Misophonia – Part 1

Here’s a sample of what my new page at Patreon is all about: how about a four part discussion of Misophonia? It’s a seemingly common issue we HSPs face in daily life as we experience certain types of trigger sounds or visual stimuli causing us to feel intense anger, irritation, anxiety, or a need to escape. This is a BIG issue for HSPs…

Part 1 at

DrTracyCooper Patreon page now LIVE

Join me on Patreon as we create a learning community just for highly sensitive people. Together, we can co-create a learning community with real value for all HSPs by exploring a number of important topics. Among those will be the often misunderstood, yet poignant Misophonia, a frustrating and irrational sensitivity to certain noises that a number of HSPs seem to experience; more on HSPs and careers; much more on Positive Disintegration; and much, much more on the sensitive sensation seeker.

I cannot do it alone, though, because creating meaningful work takes time. Subscribing to Patreon frees me up to spend more time working on the issues and topics you care about the most. Want to learn more about a particular area of Sensory Processing Sensitivity? Simply subscribe to my Patreon page and contribute your suggestions, I will listen.

The content on my Patreon page will be more in-depth than I able to offer here on FB. Additionally, I will record videos discussing each topic, since so many of us learn better by seeing and hearing. There will be a monthly video conference for those at the moderate to higher tiers of membership and one-on-one sessions for those at the higher tiers. That’s a great way to get your questions answered or insights provided on your career dilemma or how to contextualize life as a sensitive sensation seeker.

This new learning community moves us beyond the anonymous and isolated world of book publishing to one that is interactive, responsive, and easy to understand, wile remaining rigorous, rooted in the research, and flexible enough to adapt to changing times. Technology will surely change over time and, along with that, how we are able to interact, share information, and form learning communities that can provide vital educational experiences and support.

I invite you to join me on Patreon…