Sensitive Movie Released

A screenshot from the website and trailer of Sensitive - The Untold Story showing two people standing together in a natural settings watching a sunsetSensitive – The Untold Story is now available on demand at the very affordable rate of $4.99 for 3 days of unlimited viewing, or for purchase as a digital download ($9.99). Here’s the link.

DVDs (with subtitles for several as-yet-unspecified languages) should be available before the holidays.

Here is an in-depth review of the film on HuffPost by Sezin Koehler, whose reactions were so similar to my own that I probably don’t need to write one. Like her, I felt some discomfort with random images of children of color in developing nations interposed among interviews with predominantly white HSPs and researchers from the U.S. and Europe, and with a somewhat bizarre enactment of a disagreement between a couple on how to respond to their son’s sensitivity.

It should perhaps be noted that the whole project was initiated by Elaine Aron’s African-American neighbor, Will Harper, who read one of her books and realized he was an HSP.

In any event, as Ms. Koehler says, while the film’s flaws must be acknowledged, we can choose to focus on the interesting and instructive aspects of the film, which are many. It’s definitely worth seeing, whether you are an HSP or not. If we make up 20% of the population, you probably know someone who is.

2 thoughts on “Sensitive Movie Released

    • It is too bad, especially since these issues were raised early on, when the trailer and initial scenes were released for comment. That they weren’t corrected in the final product gives the appearance that such feedback wasn’t deemed significant enough to be a priority, which is not how we want to see concerns about inclusiveness handled.

      The science is young, but it’s good to see so many people working on it, despite Wikipedia tagging it as “fringe science,” largely on the (questionable) basis that most of the research had been performed by Aron. Psychology is one big theory, so the fact that something is theoretical in that context should hardly condemn it. And since high sensory processing sensitivity is a theory that originated after the invention of brain scans, it’s a whole lot better documented than many psychological theories in much wider use.

      It strikes me as extraordinarily irresponsible that Wikipedia policies permit something so central to so many people’s identity to be labeled in such a derogatory way by a person with little knowledge of the subject, and a stated intention from the get-go to walk away and not track whether his objections were addressed (which they were, and then some, months ago) so that the “fringe” tag could be removed. If the intention of this policy is to protect people from psychological damage, it has achieved just the opposite. Anybody out there with Wikipedia experience want to take a look at this?

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