Created by a lifelong introvert, this blog aims to celebrate and educate on introversion, one of the most commonly misunderstood personality types. In addition to enlightening context around how introverts differ from others, the blog features engrossing content on famous introverts in history, fun facts and did you knows, suggestions for introvert-friendly activities, and personal anecdotes on how I've navigated being an introvert in a world that constantly labels and misjudges us.
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Why introverts are gluttons for learning
If you ask any introvert, there's a good chance he or she has an insatiable appetite for knowledge.
In fact, introverts tend to:
1. Have at least one bookshelf at home. Depending on the person's tastes, the genres may be wide-ranging or highly specialized. In my case, I'm passionate about two subjects in particular (history and psychology), but I know many an introvert who swears by fiction only. Indeed, when it comes to reading, introverts are ravenous bibliophiles.
2. Devour documentaries and all other manner of educational content.
Whether it's a documentary on the Civil War or a biographical film on George Washington and the founding of the United States, we're always game for intellectually stimulating content. While some of my friends sing the praises of shows like Game of Thrones, you'll catch me waxing lyrical about the latest Ken Burns documentary series on PBS. (Sidenote: It examined the life of writer Ernest Hemingway.)
3. Feel at home at libraries, bookshops, and museums. Seemingly endless rows of books? Engrossing exhibits? Count us in! Aside from their intellectual value, introverts derive something else from these palaces of knowledge that are highly vital to our happiness and well-being: peace and quiet. A rainy afternoon spent indulging our curious minds with Shakespeare or Einstein is sheer bliss. Such places offer a slower, more refreshing pace -- the perfect refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
It may strike our extroverted friends as odd that we'd prefer curling up with a good book at home to hitting up a crowded restaurant, that we'd rather while the afternoon away at the local science museum than at a jam-packed party.
But remember: Introverts' inner wiring demands that they seek out solitude -- to recharge, clear their minds, and gird themselves for yet another day of heavy social interactions.
Whether others want to call us geeky, nerdy, or weird for our intellectual proclivities, not only will we take it in stride, but we -- recognizing the unique gifts we have to offer the world -- will feel utterly flattered.
While introverts may seem quiet and introspective on the surface, our minds are anything but.
Introverts are, by their very nature, unassuming. The last thing we want to do is draw attention to ourselves, whether it be promoting our accomplishments at work in hopes of landing a promotion, talking up our best traits on a blind date, or speaking up when on the receiving end of someone's unseemly behavior. But finding our inner voice is imperative. We must never let anyone -- and that includes ourselves -- silence it. It doesn't mean you have to turn surly, treating others like they're beneath you. But you should never let yourself become anyone's doormat either. You're your own chief advocate. If you don't stand up for yourself, no one will. Never feel too embarrassed or guilty to speak honestly and respectfully in support of your goals, values, and beliefs. I'm not saying you need to become a masterful public speaker, or that you should pretend to be a Know-It-All. Instead, what I'm saying is never to let anyone suppress your voice. You have
It's a common misconception that introverts want to be left alone all the time. Sure, we're not as prone as extroverts to becoming lonely and irritable in our own company, but that doesn't mean we avoid social interactions like the plague. We like to socialize, only in smaller doses than our more extroverted peers. Here's how to keep us from exhausting our energy reserves: 1. Allow us small breaks to disconnect every now and then . Don't take offense to our wanting to go for a walk or take a nap. Perhaps we're drained after spending the day in drawn-out meetings. 2. A stampede of people? No, thanks. Keep it to a small group of no more than 5 to 10 people, if possible. Introverts feel far more in their element when they can engage in one-on-one conversation. For us, more people usually translates to small talk on steroids. Needless to say, there aren't many things we loathe more than mindless chit-chat. 3. Don't block the exits. Heavy noise and commoti
From an early age, I knew there was something about me -- my personality, my temperament -- that differentiated me from my peers. I just didn't know what it was. I sensed I was more retiring, less hungry for attention, and more at ease in solitude than most people. Now that I'm an adult and comfortable in my introversion, I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm proud of my uniqueness, and every introvert on this page ought to be as well. That isn't to say the road to self-awareness has been an easy one. Whether at school or work, I've lost count of the number of people over the years who've either questioned or criticized my quiet, unassuming disposition. In the workplace, supervisors and co-workers have pulled no punches with their biting sarcasm, saying things like "Hey, keep it down over here. You're too loud!" For whatever reason, it makes some folks uneasy when there's someone at work who keeps to themselves. They might suspect they&