7 Things Introverts Do That Piss Off Extroverts

Aug 27th, 2015 Must Know

As introverts become better understood in the eyes of the general public, certain behaviors are tied to the temperament that give them a bad name. Here are seven that you may have encountered…or may even be guilty of yourself! Be silent, be still. Introvert brains are rarely quiet, they are constantly churning through thoughts and ideas, looking back and forward all at once. However, the…


3 Reasons Why Introverts Make Excellent Employees

Aug 27th, 2015 Work

Extroverts may make the biggest splash in interview situations, but don’t discount introverts when it comes time to bring new people to your team. Although they’ve been cast in history as uncooperative, standoffish, or even rude, they can bring a great deal of good to a workplace and a team. What sort of good, you may ask? They’re comfortable ceding the spotlight. Working toward the…


5 Ways to Love Your Open-Plan Office

Aug 21st, 2015 Work

To those that value an environment that inspires them to do their best work, the idea of an open plan office may sound like a nightmare. At first. I wrote in my book The I’s Have It about the challenges that an open-plan or cubicle formation can pose: Yes, equating a door with prestige originally fueled some of the desire I felt for a door….


3 Reasons Why Introverts Hate Small Talk

Aug 21st, 2015 Must Know

I went to the first of a series of Spring Friday morning brief lectures for mental health professionals- what are called Grand Rounds. I had to listen to 10 minutes of it’s so good to see everyone, and this is fourteenth year we have been doing this, and we are looking forward to the warmer weather and hope we don’t get any more snow and…


Shyness vs. Introversion

Aug 21st, 2015 Life

Many people confuse shyness with introversion. Introversion is a personality type. Our personalities are partly genetically transmitted, developed by our environment, and refined by our free will and choices. Our personalities are the summation of our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitudes, points of view, perceptions, preferences, and habits. They are with us for life, though they may be expressed differently at various points of the lifespan….


7 Reasons Why Introverts Make Great Leaders

Aug 20th, 2015 Work

It would appear that leaders have to be extraverted. Extraverts appear confident, self-assured, and bold. They speak their mind, are decisive, and project power. Extraverts do make fine leaders, but leadership is not a quality which is mutually exclusive to extraverts. Introverts also have leadership qualities; they are just more subtle. The difference between a Manager and a Leader: Managers Leaders Rigid adherence to rules…


Are There 4 Kinds of Introverts?

Aug 20th, 2015 Must Know

Introversion and Extraversion are personality types which can be viewed on a continuum, the degree of which varies from person to person. There are some individuals who land on the extreme ends of the scale, but most people are somewhere toward the middle, or if they are more or less in the center of the scale, they are referred to as Ambiverts, who have both…


3 Steps to Help Introverts Create Boundaries That Work With Extroverts

Aug 20th, 2015 Life

Introverts value privacy, love solitude, and resent intrusions. Extroverts see the world very differently, and may not understand this. They want to drag us out of our shell, or they tell us you need get out more, let your walls down, and get a life. These are frequent refrains directed at introverts from family and friends who just don’t get us. Friendships, intimate relationships, and…


7 Career Ideas for Introverts

Aug 20th, 2015 Work

When I was a teenager, I didn’t get a job until I was 17. My father didn’t understand me as an introvert- or in any other area for that matter, and simplified my complex personality by telling me I was lazy. No I wasn’t. I just couldn’t stand the thought of interacting with so many strangers- co-workers and customers- as the only jobs available for…


9 Essential Tips for the Introverted Traveler

Aug 20th, 2015 Life

It was a Friday afternoon at the clinic I was practicing at. My supervisor stuck his head in my office, and asked me if I had plans for the weekend. I replied I had a hotel room reserved and I was going to go to another city for the weekend. He hesitated and said OK, like that wasn’t the answer he was expecting. In my…