A few weeks ago, I shared a fascinating article entitled, “Ten Myths about Introverts,” admitted my own extreme introversion, and explored the possible connection between introversion and creativity. Though the post didn’t recieve any comments (no surprise…we’re talking introverts here), I did get a healthy handful of emails from readers who were thankful that I shared it, and sympathized with the exploration between artistic tendencies and introversion.
So, I’m happy to share another, very-well written piece from The Atlantic, “Caring for Your Introvert.” The author, Jonathan Rauch, sums up the confusion perfectly in his intro:
Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to parties and then needs the rest of the day to recuperate? Who growls or scowls or grunts or winces when accosted with pleasantries by people who are just trying to be nice?
If so, do you tell this person he is “too serious,” or ask if he is okay? Regard him as aloof, arrogant, rude? Redouble your efforts to draw him out?
If you answered yes to these questions, chances are that you have an introvert on your hands—and that you aren’t caring for him properly.
It’s an excellent read, and even explores the professional and creative benefits of introversion. Good stuff.
Caring for Your Introvert [The Atlantic]