In my humble opinion, I believe as a culture we've done a poor job understanding introverts. My heart goes out to you. Sometimes in our society, being seen as quiet or shy is seen as "wrong" or socially unacceptable. Fact is, it's perfectly fine. Here are some, not all, personality traits of introverts that are common:
Introverts are really good listeners. Introverts allow others to share their opinions in conversations first, they sit back and assess (not judge) what's being said, and then formulate a response themselves. It's all about gathering information before speaking. Oftentimes you may have to ask an introvert their opinion...they may not offer it without someone asking.
Introverts rejuvenate by being alone. As Christy mentioned yesterday, Introverts can feel drained & overwhelmed when interacting with others for too long. Introverts enjoy being with other individuals, however, Introverts revitalize by having alone time, which allows them to process their thoughts internally.
Despite being seen as quiet and reserved, Introverts have a lot to say. But, introverts do not enjoy small talk. They prefer to have meaningful conversations rather than chat about superficial or shallow topics. Thus, Introverts generally have a small group of close friends with whom they share deeply with emotionally.
Again, this is just a short list of personality characteristics of Introverts. If you find yourself relating to any of these, please keep reading as the rest of the week's blog will go into further explanation on some of these.
Written by: Tamara McCord MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.