Emotion, Sensitivity, and Extraordinary Experience

April 8, 2022 11:00 am - 12:15 pm (PDT)

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From regular folks to national leaders to the foremost skeptics, people have reported spontaneous, extraordinary experiences just about everywhere and in every age.

Could the flow of feeling that literally moves us account for our strangest, most baffling experiences?

One clue: highly sensitive people – both physically and emotionally – seem more prone to anomalous perception. Individuals affected by allergies, migraine, chronic pain or fatigue, even synesthesia (overlapping senses) tend to be more ‘psychic.’

Another clue: the frequency that highly volatile, life-or-death situations figure in extraordinary experience. Why? The body-mind basis of emotion offers a basis for understanding.

Emotion, Sensitivity, and Extraordinary Experience
Friday, April 8, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (Pacific)


Please register even if you can’t attend live and you’ll receive an email with a link to the recording.

Emotion is core to our sense of self and the most powerful driver of our lives. As such, the combination of emotionally meaningful junctures with personality differences (we’ll learn about the “thick boundary” and “thin boundary” personality) may be the source of anomalies.

If you consider yourself highly sensitive, or live with someone who is – or if you’re just fascinated by what we can’t yet explain – you’ll find this presentation compelling.


Michael JawerMichael Jawer has been examining emotion, personality, and anomalous experience for the past 20 years. He blogs for Psychology Today and his work has appeared in Spirituality & Health, Aeon, Nautilus, Scientific American, and Advances in Mind-Body Medicine. He has spoken to groups including the American Psychological Association, the Society for Consciousness Studies, the Scientific and Medical Network, the Rhine Research Center, the New York Open Center, and the Jung Society of Washington. He has also lectured at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, Drexel University, and University of Virginia. Jawer’s latest book is Sensitive Soul: The Unseen Role of Emotion in Extraordinary Statesl (Park Street Press, 2021). His previous books, written with Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD, are Your Emotional Type (Healing Arts Press, 2011) and The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion (Park Street Press, 2009). Learn more on his website at





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