Elaine Aron

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Elaine N. Aron is an American clinical research psychologist and author.[1] Aron has published numerous books and scholarly articles about inherited temperament and interpersonal relationships,[2] especially on the subject of sensory processing sensitivity, beginning with The Highly Sensitive Person (1996),[3] which has sold over a million copies.[4]

Elaine N. Aron
Born (1944-11-01) November 1, 1944 (age 79)
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
York University
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Notable workThe Highly Sensitive Person (1996)


Aron is known for research into sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) as graphically summarized by Greven et al. (review article, 2019).[5] A person with a high measure of SPS is said to be a highly sensitive person (HSP).[6][7]

Aron graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley, and later earned a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from York University (Toronto) and a Ph.D. in clinical depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute (Santa Barbara, California).[2][8] She interned at the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco.[2]

Professional practice and personal life[edit]

Aron maintains a psychotherapy practice in Mill Valley, California.[8]

Aron is married to SUNY-Stony Brook psychology professor Arthur Aron, with whom she collaborates in studies of the interaction of childhood environment with SPS in predicting adult functioning.[9] In nearly 50 years of studying love, the couple developed a 36-question list, since used in hundreds of studies, to create closeness in a lab setting, to break down barriers between strangers, and improve understanding between police officers and community members.[10]

Aron's son is television writer Elijah Aron.[10]

Published works[edit]



  • The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You (1996)
  • The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook (1999)
  • The Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You (2001)
  • The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them (2002)
  • The Undervalued Self: Restore Your Love/Power Balance, Transform the Inner Voice That Holds You Back, and Find Your True Self-Worth (2010)
  • Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person: Improving Outcomes for That Minority of People Who Are the Majority of Clients (2010)
  • The Highly Sensitive Parent: Be Brilliant in Your Role, Even When the World Overwhelms You (2020)

Scholarly journal articles[edit]

Magazine articles[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bradberry, Travis; Greaves, Jean (2012-09-10). "Emotional Intelligence Appraisal - Multi-Rater Edition". doi:10.1037/t11828-000. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Elaine N. Aron, PhD". WebMD.com. 2013. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Aron, Elaine (6 March 2014). The highly sensitive person. London. ISBN 978-0-00-738477-8. OCLC 875631050.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  4. ^ Lally, Maria (October 12, 2015). "Highly sensitive people: a condition rarely understood". The Telegraph. U.K. Archived from the original on October 18, 2015.
  5. ^ Greven et al. 2019.
  6. ^ Boterberg, Sofie; Warreyn, Petra (2016), "Making sense of it all: The impact of sensory processing sensitivity on daily functioning of children", Personality and Individual Differences, 92: 80–86, doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.022, hdl:1854/LU-7172755, archived from the original on May 23, 2016
  7. ^ Booth, Charlotte; Standage, Helen; Fox, Elaine (1 Dec 2015), "Sensory-processing sensitivity moderates the association between childhood experiences and adult life satisfaction", Personality and Individual Differences, 87: 24–29, doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.07.020, PMC 4681093, PMID 26688599
  8. ^ a b "About Dr. Elaine Aron". HSperson.com. 2014. Archived from the original on December 21, 2020.
  9. ^ "Arthur Aron, PhD". psychology.stonybrook.edu. 2010. Archived from the original on September 27, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Anwar, Yasmin (February 12, 2015). "Creating love in the lab: The 36 questions that spark intimacy". Berkeley News. University of California, Berkeley. Archived from the original on November 14, 2020.
  11. ^ "Books by Elaine N. Aron". goodreads.com. 2021. Archived from the original on January 9, 2021.

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