All About Introversion

If a crowded cocktail party feels like a holding cell to you, even as you gamely keep up your end of the chatter, chances are you're an introvert. Introverts are drained by social encounters and energized by solitary, often creative pursuits. Their disposition is frequently misconstrued as shyness, social phobia or even avoidant personality disorder, but many introverts socialize easily; they just strongly prefer not to. In fact, the self-styled introvert can be more empathic and interpersonally connected than his or her outgoing counterparts. The line between introversion and lonely loners gets blurry, however, as some introverts do wish they could break out of their shell.

Recent Posts on Introversion

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By Kira Asatryan on January 15, 2016 The Art of Closeness
Are introverts doomed to be lonely? No. But they are more prone to battle with this painful feeling.

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By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on December 30, 2015 Introvert Power
Want to skip the booze and noisemakers this New Year's Eve? Solitude is the new celebration

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By Sophia Dembling on December 09, 2015 The Introvert's Corner
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By Sophia Dembling on December 02, 2015 The Introvert's Corner
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What Are You So Afraid Of?

By Sophia Dembling on November 17, 2015 The Introvert's Corner
Professional coach Beth Buelow says we can't ignore fear, but we can get to know it better to push past it.

Extraverts

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 06, 2015 A Sideways View
Is the world biased in favour of extraverts? We know a lot about the causes and consequences of being extraverted. So what is the underlying psychology of extraversion?

How Your Flaky Friend May Have Gotten That Way

By Kira Asatryan on November 05, 2015 The Art of Closeness
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Why Everyone (Including Introverts) Should Be Using FaceTime

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Introverts and the Art of the Scam

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on October 16, 2015 Introvert Power
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Attention Extroverts! Leave Me Alone!

By Steve Albrecht DBA on September 29, 2015 The Act of Violence
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By Sophia Dembling on September 03, 2015 The Introvert's Corner
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Who Says Extroverts Make Better Leaders? Part 1

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Does Where You Live Make You Who You Are?

By Colin Ellard Ph.D. on August 19, 2015 Mind Wandering
Recent research shows interesting connections between your physical surroundings and your personality. Mountainous states show higher rates of introversion than flat ones. We don't know yet how much your surroundings might shape such personality variables, but there's little doubt that where you live has an impact on your happiness and life satisfaction.

How Pursuing a Quest Can Bring Purpose to Your Life

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By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 11, 2015 Living Single
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