Tracy Cooper, Ph.D. is an International Consultant on Highly Sensitive People, a Professor of Education for Baker University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in leadership in higher education degree, and an advocate for highly sensitive people, high sensation seeking highly sensitive people, and highly sensitive men.

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In 2015, he published Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career, a book based on two extensive studies investigating the way highly sensitive people experience careers.  Dr. Cooper appeared in the documentary movie Sensitive – The Untold Story with many other researchers exploring the genetic trait Sensory Processing Sensitivity.

In 2016, he published Thrill: The High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person, a comprehensive book exploring the intersection of Sensory Processing Sensitivity and Sensation Seeking.

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In 2020, he published Empowering the Sensitive Male Soul, a book dedicated to raising awareness and consciousness around sensory processing sensitivity in men.

In 2020, Dr. Cooper co-founded the 1st Highly Sensitive Men’s Seminar. The first seminar was held in March of 2020 at 1440 Multiversity, near Santa Cruz, CA. The second HS Men’s Seminar, and subsequent seminars, have been held via Zoom due to COVID-19 risks.

In 2021, Dr. Cooper began offering coed HSP seminars, including the first High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person’s Seminar, to held March 13th via Zoom.

In 2021, Dr. Cooper paired with Emmy Award Winning director of Sensitive-The Untold Story, Will Harper, to create the first documentary film for highly sensitive men! Sensitive Men Rising – The Documentary will magnify our voices as sensitive men in a way that truly raises awareness and consciousness of our role within the species as leaders, creatives, and intuitive stewards of humankind. Release date: June 18th 2023!

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  1. Hi Tracy,

    My name is Andy Mort and I run a membership community (sheepdressedlikewolves.com) for creative introverts and highly sensitive people with the aim of inspiring and encouraging them to embrace their temperament and use it to make a positive impact on the world.

    One of the exclusive monthly resources we use is an interview with a person I know will stimulate a lot of inspiration and encouragement. I love to keep it varied, from personality experts to artists, business people, authors and those making waves in their own fields. I would absolutely love to invite you on as a guest in The Haven to talk through a few of the many amazing takeaways I had from Thrive.

    It would be great to sort out an interview if this is something that would work for you. Please email me if so. I couldn’t find an email contact for you anywhere, thus why I got in touch here! Hope that’s ok.

    Thanks so much. Keep up the wonderful work!

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    1. Hi Andy,

      Thanks for the comment and compliment! HSPs can always reach me at tmcooper@socket.net. Many people contact me through my Facebook page or on my web site, which has a contact me form. However we manage to connect is always good with me 🙂 I’ll contact you via email regarding the interview.



  2. Hi Tracy, I have purchased your audio version of Thrill and absolutely love it! In it there is a list of research. Is it possible for you to post that list somewhere on here or social media or email to me at info@michellemarsh.com.au?
    Thank you so much for all you put into the book. It’s connected a lot of dots 🙂



    1. Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for the feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed the audiobook version of Thrill. Here is the list I think you are referring to from the book:

      A list of books for sensory processing sensitivity includes:
      Elaine Aron – The Highly Sensitive Person.
      The Highly Sensitive Person in Love.
      The Highly Sensitive Person’s Workbook.
      The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them.
      Psychotherapy and the highly sensitive person: Improving outcomes for that minority of people who are the majority of clients.
      Ted Zeff – The Strong Sensitive Boy.
      The Power of Sensitivity.
      The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World).
      The Highly Sensitive Person’s Companion: Daily Exercises for Calming Your Senses in an Overstimulating World.
      Tracy Cooper – Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career.
      Barrie Jaeger – Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person.
      A list of peer-reviewed research papers (for those interested in the hardcore science behind SPS):
      Elaine Aron – Sensory processing sensitivity and its relation to introversion and emotionality (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, issue 73).
      Sensory processing sensitivity: A review in the light of the evolution of biological responsivity (Personality and Social Psychology Review, Issue 16).
      The clinical implications of Jung’s concept of sensitiveness (Journal of Jungian Theory and Practice, Issue 8).
      The highly sensitive brain: An fMRI study of sensory processing sensitivity and response to others’ emotions (Brain and Behavior, Issue 4).
      Revisiting Jung’s concept of innate sensitiveness (Journal of Analytical Psychology, Issue 49).
      Jay Belsky and Michael Pluess
      Beyond diathesis stress: differential susceptibility to environmental influences (Psychological Bulletin, Issue 135).
      Vantage sensitivity: individual differences in response to positive experiences (Psychological Bulletin, Issue 139).
      For sensation seeking the list includes:
      Marvin Zuckerman
      Behavioral expressions and biosocial bases of sensation seeking.
      Sensation seeking and risky behavior.
      Peer-reviewed research papers
      Marvin Zuckerman
      Dimensions of sensation seeking (Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, Issue 36).
      Jonathan Roberti
      A review of behavioral and biological correlates of sensation seeking (Journal of Research in Personality, Issue 38).
      Agnes Norbury and Masud Husain
      Sensation seeking: dopaminergic modulation and risk for psychopathology (Behavioral Brain Research, Issue 288).
      Marcus Munafo, Binnaz Yalcin, Saffron Willis-Owen, and Jonathan Flint
      Association of the D4 receptor gene (DRD4) and approach-related personality traits: A meta-analysis and new data.
      Rick Hoyle, Michael Stephenson, Philip Palmgreen, Elizabeth Lorch, and R. Donohew
      Reliability and validity of a brief measure of sensation seeking (Personality and Individual Differences, Issue 32).
      Chunhui Chen, et al
      Contributions of dopamine-related genes and environmental factors to highly sensitive personality: a multi-step neuronal system-level approach (PlosOne, Issue 6).

      Note that there is always new research coming out each year so this list will age over time.



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