I have just finished reading Susan Cain’s bestseller Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. In her book she talks about ‘the orchid hypothesis’ (on page 111), and it’s imagery I love when it comes to highly sensitive children.
The orchid hypothesis is a theory by David Dobbs that highlights the importance of an environment for highly reactive children. These are children with a sensitive nervous system. Highly reactive children are highly affected by both positive and negative experiences.
I LOVE the reference to orchids. I love thinking of my highly sensitive children as orchids that can flourish in the right conditions. Orchids are beautiful, and one of my favourite flower so the imagery is wonderful. The key, I guess, is to figure out the environment that our little orchids best flourish in……..