Caroline van Kimmenade

Why Energy Help for Highly Sensitive People is Often Lacking

March 24, 2024

Many Highly Sensitive People are more subtly attuned to energy and this is where much clarification and help is missing. In many ways, being sensitive to energy puts you in an “inbetween” place that not many people acknowledge, understand or know how to help you with. The Psychology Approach to Energy In the world of […]

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Why Doesn’t That Difficult Emotion Go Away? 25 Reasons + Solutions

February 25, 2024

At heart, emotions are not meant to make you suffer. They are not meant to be with you for years and years on end just to “make you feel bad”. However, emotions are persistent. They have a loving agenda for you. They are there for a reason and so, if you don’t unwrap the gift […]

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The Difference Between Fear and Anxiety + why this matters for HSPs

January 13, 2024

If you thought fear is just the big sister of anxiety, you’re not alone. On the face of it, anxiety and fear are very similar. Except, for their root causes. Fear tells you that something dangerous is on the horizon. Anxiety may seem to tell you the same thing, but actually it’s very different. While […]

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The Psychological Mechanism of Narcissism: what is it really?

October 18, 2023

A lot of HSPs I speak to don’t want to label anyone they know as a narcissist. And I think that’s sweet. There is a deeper concern of: “but narcissism is bad! And I know this person up close, they have their good side! They’re likeable! They have their human struggles! I don’t want to […]

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A Perspective Shift for when you Worry you’re “Too Sensitive” and “just need to Toughen Up”

September 24, 2023

Nobody wants to be too much of anything. Am I right? So as a Highly Sensitive Person, you definitely don’t want to be too sensitive. At the same time though, are you equally concerned that you may not be sensitive enough? How are you supposed to know what is too much and what is too […]

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Is Transmuting Energy the Solution for Empath Overwhelm?

May 9, 2023

Empath overwhelm is the worst! It’s also very misunderstood. And where discussions of empath overwhelm pop up, discussions on the best methods for transmuting energy tend to follow. Many empaths see it as their job to turn darkness into light. Like Magic Alchemists, they move through the world with an all-seeing eye, ready to cleanse, […]

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7 kinds of Energy Ick that can drive you nuts when you’re Highly Sensitive and Intuitive

January 29, 2023

Nobody likes ick, am I right? But when you’re highly sensitive and intuitively aware of subtle energy, you will be confronted with energy ick on top of regular human ick. The problem is, nobody is (probably) telling you about it or what it is. So chances are you feel kind of crazy even daring to […]

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4 Simple Disciplines that Make Your Life Better

October 3, 2022

Healthy habits become your new normal over time. With enough positive habits in place, life gets better on auto-pilot. Here are 4 disciplines I believe are very worth cultivating, no matter how good – or how bad – your life is: Discipline 1: Save to make your life better Have a savings account with money […]

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Why Protecting Yourself with Better Boundaries Against Abuse Can Feel (really) Scary

August 1, 2022

Let’s face it, you don’t need excellent boundaries in order to deal with truly kind, compassionate people. Chances are, if you forget to speak up they’ll ask anyway. If you ignore your own needs they’ll check if you’re o.k. Before deciding on anything big they’ll make sure to know what you truly want and factor […]

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Do This First to Heal Childhood Trauma

June 26, 2022

Many people avoid healing childhood trauma because they’re scared of the emotional pain that might surface. They worry they won’t be able to handle it or that they’ll be stuck with chronic pain. If that’s you – even if just a little bit – I have good news for you. A responsible healing practice starts […]

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7 Big Reasons it’s Time to get Serious about Your Heartfelt Dream

June 18, 2022

Do you have a heartfelt dream? Something that feels so right but that has been on the back-burner for a while now? Something that’s been put on hold? Or something you’ve not quite pursued actively before? Or maybe you ARE working on it and serious about it (high-five!). Either way, here are 7 big reasons […]

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Empaths in Relationships – 5 Hidden Struggles

May 4, 2022

So on empaths and relationships…¬†Gosh, this should probably be a list of 200 struggles, not just 5. But writing a whole book would take too long, so I’ll just share 5 points. These are 5 that I get a lot of “oh my gosh I had no idea!” reactions to from clients, so I’m guessing […]

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What did you do wrong? Blame versus Criticism

April 30, 2022

Nobody’s perfect, right? So it’s normal to receive some criticism from time to time. If you’re someone who makes a real attempt to hear others’ point of view, reflect on your actions and take responsibility where needed, then surely, all will be well? So why is it that – with some people – even when […]

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Why Do Narcissists Hate Grief So Much?

April 25, 2022

Narcissists really hate tears, have you noticed? If you’re the one crying, they’ll be the first one to ridicule you or make you shut up one way or another. To overt narcissists, tears spell weakness. That’s something they’ll likely admit to, because they like to boast about being strong. To covert narcissists, crocodile tears (not […]

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9 Ways to Nourish Your Heart (and reverse compassion fatigue)

April 1, 2022

The world needs open hearts. The world needs compassion, caring, empathy, and being present. Your heart is important in so many ways. But how do you nourish and support your heart when the world looks bleak, hatred seems to run rampant and trying to care about one more thing feels impossible? Below are 9 ways. […]

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Why Narcissists have the Power to Make You Feel Crazy

March 27, 2022

If you’ve ever tried to reason with a narcissist, you will no doubt have felt exasperated, confused… and wondered if you were crazy. I mean, you’re a pretty smart person, but somehow you just can’t follow their logic!  Why is it that every time you feel like you get a little closer to understanding what’s going on, and […]

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Are you Highly Sensitive, Very Empathic and Unusually Intuitive?

November 26, 2021

You may have been told that you are too sensitive, too emotional and too weird overal. How do you know what you know? How come you seem to understand other people so well? Why do you get stressed out by things other people seem to be fine with? You care and tend to take other […]

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3 Magical Things I Learned from Losing my Memory

November 24, 2021

I don’t talk about this often, but for a while, my short-term memory was completely shot. This was back sometime around 2010. Quick context: In 2009 I burned out to the point where I couldn’t work, and I could barely get through my day. The short of it is: it was not fun. I don’t […]

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12 Misleading Ways Narcissistic People Sound Loving – when they’re really selfish

November 4, 2021

Some narcissistic people are really good at sounding loving, when they really aren’t. They care about “looking good” so when kindness gets them bonus points, they’ll be sure to phrase their motivation that way. These narcissistic people will often use “loving” language to refer to things that have nothing to do with love. It’s not […]

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Dark Night of the Soul Healing versus Happy Healing

October 3, 2021

Most of us start learning about healing when life gets really painful, right? When you’re in your dark night of the soul. You’re looking around for a light at the end of the tunnel, and at some point you’re willing to pretty much try anything. Including things you would have thought were ridiculous not that […]

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