How Introverts and Extroverts Can work together in Harmony

Jan 15th, 2016 Must Know

Introverts and extraverts are two distinct personality types. The Introvert derives energy and sustenance from solitude and quiet, and finds social interaction exhausting and draining. They can socialize, but have to recharge afterwards. Extraverts derive energy from social interaction, company and noise, and generally a lot of action and sensory stimulation. They find social activity energizing and stimulating, and find solitude boring and lonely. Of…


3 Signs You’re Secretly An Introvert

Jan 1st, 2016 Must Know

There was a time where people used to fight the label of “introvert.” In some circles, this may still be true. I know it was for me. The first time I took the MBTI and the test revealed an I, I recall asking my instructor about why that may have happened. I had taken the test before and presented as an E. I had tight…


Three Questions Introverts Loathe Hearing

Oct 1st, 2015 Must Know

I just went shopping. I am wiped out. Walking six blocks and buying three T-shirts and some power gels left me exhausted as a three hour running and body weight exercise routine. And I am irritated- wiped out, not refreshed-wiped out, like you get from hours of hard training. Why? Because shopping has become a real piece of work for an introvert. I go to…


8 Rules For Being Friends With An Introvert

Sep 1st, 2015 Must Know

Throw away any notions you may have about introverts hating people or being stuck up or judgmental- introverts can be some of the greatest friends you ever have. However, their relationships are different from those you may have with others; they are deep, they are meaningful…as Amy Poehler would say, they’re “crunchy.” What should you be keeping in mind as you develop and nurture these…


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 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…


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…


5 Common Social Situations Introverts Can’t Stand

Mar 20th, 2015 Must Know

Introverts are different. There are certain social situations which make us suffer. I could spend the next 1000 words or so griping and complaining about these situations, which every introvert knows all too well. More productively, I could offer some ways to decrease the pain and dial it down to a tolerable level. 1. Small talk. This is just acutely painful. It is an expected…


8 Myths About Introverts

Feb 19th, 2015 Must Know

Any group that is lesser known to the public is bound to be misunderstood, and introversion is no exception. A great many myths have been attributed to this quieter 1/3 to 1/2 of the population, but many have deeper explanations and roots than one could ever imagine- not unlike introverts themselves. Let’s dive in, and see what lies beneath the assumptions you may have heard…


Introversion And Bullying

Dec 17th, 2014 Must Know

When I was a freshman in high school, I weighed about 120 pounds. I had thick glasses. I liked to read, was quiet, didn’t play sports, and kept to myself. Every day, this senior who weighed about 300 lbs. would delight in swiping at my face as we passed in the hall, knocking my glasses off. The frames on my glasses broke, and then I…