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Introverts Unite (Or Not)…

How to care for introverts

Introverts are people too!

What do Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, J.K. Rowling, Steven Spielberg, Sir Isaac Newton, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Harrison Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and Matt Lauer all have in common? They are celebrities or people from history who are introverts. Add one more “not so famous” person to this list…me. Hi, my name is Scott and I’m an introvert! To be technical, I am what’s called an “extroverted introvert” (which means I am an introvert by nature, but I can “turn on” and “turn off” characteristics of an extrovert as needed, but in the end I need down time alone to “recover” from these times).

I borrowed some great links from my friend Kelly, who is also an introvert. One of the main problems is that those who are not introverted do not know how to really interact with those of us who are. They feel like something is wrong with us, when in actuality it is just how we process things. A few misconceptions of introverts are that we are oppressed or arrogant, when it is quite the contrary. Others tend to think introverts are shy, rude, loners who don’t like people and don’t enjoy going out in public. Introverts are just like everyone else, but we must have down time in order to function and take in the things around us.

One of my favorite blogs is called Introverted Church and it talks about the challenges that introverts have when they are in leadership positions. Jon Acuff at Stuff Christians Like also did a humorous post on introverts.

Are there any other introverts out there?

Photo Credit: By Joe Wolf

  1. June 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I can relate! When I was younger, people mistook my being laid back and reserved with being shy and introverted. Of course, the older I get, the less I care what people think or what category they choose to put me in!

    • June 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      John, I always get the “Is everything okay?” comment and it used to bother me a lot at first, but I just got used to it. Like you said, it doesn’t really matter what category people put you in…that’s THEIR problem and not your’s. (c:

  2. KW
    June 13, 2012 at 5:37 am

    That’s so me, Scott. I have to turn it on, too. It was funny when, I worked at the Airport, we did this exercise to see what color your personality was. Everyone was orange (some form of extrovert) and I was the only blue–can you say out of place in the PR department….lol I have written a children’s book and I’m struggling with how to promote it, being a natural introvert and all. I am a hermit and can go weeks – no lie – without so much as going outside to get the mail:-)

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