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


Seven Reasons to Be Proud to Be an Introvert

In a culture that rewards extroversion, where does that leave introverts?

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out, Part 3

Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life, discusses the challenges and opportunities for introverts as listeners.
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Why We Should Be Having More Meaningful Conversations

Meaningful conversation is linked to happiness? Introverts got it right.
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Five Ways Your Partner Can Help You Stay Cheerful

With conversation and compromise, you and your partner can avoid BIS—Bitchy Introvert Syndrome.

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside out, Part 1

Even if you think you’re a decent listener, Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life, shows you how to connect at a much deeper level.

Video Game Addiction

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in Memory Medic
Video-game addiction causes change in mood, conflict, behavioral problems, and, more tellingly, the same phenomena seen in drug addiction (tolerance and withdrawal symptoms).

The Art of Being Too Sensitive

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Introvert Power
Have you been told you are too sensitive? Respond with a paintbrush.

The Authentic Introvert

Because the introvert may be highly concerned with being authentic, we may wonder whether there is anything wrong with an introvert “passing” as an extrovert.
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An Open Letter to People Who Talk Too Much

By Sophia Dembling on April 20, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Introverts are often sitting ducks for chatterboxes. This is what we're thinking as we sit and listen and listen and listen.

Dating Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

If you are with an extrovert, expect the unexpected to come out of his or her mouth.

19 and Reclusive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
The latest in my series of interviews with reclusive people.

How Do Psychologists Determine Personality Trait Levels?

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Cui Bono
Where, exactly, is the dividing line between introversion and extraversion? Or, for any trait, how do psychologists determine if you are low, average, or high degree on that trait?

Improv Muscle

To shed light on what makes improv such an important muscle for introverts to develop, I had the privilege of interviewing Carl Kissin, a New York City-based improv master.
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The Peculiar Pleasures of Traveling Alone

By Sophia Dembling on March 11, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Traveling with other people is fun, but solo travel is a very particular pleasure for introverts.

Go or Don't Go: The Whys and Why Nots

By Sophia Dembling on February 22, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Staying home is not always the right choice, even for introverts. Here's how I weigh various situations to decide if I want to stay in or get out there.

8 Signs You're a Romantic Introvert

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on February 12, 2017 in Communication Success
When it comes to love, introverts may think, act, and communicate in ways that are different than those who are more extroverted. Here are eight key signs...

The Introvert/Extravert Myth

By Caroline Beaton on January 28, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
If you don't know whether you're an introvert or extravert, you live under a rock.
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Even Introverts Are Here

By Sophia Dembling on January 24, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
As an introvert, I anticipated spending a weekend in a house with ten strangers with fear and loathing, but it turned out to be a memorable and enriching experience.

Do Extraverts Have More Children?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 24, 2017 in The Human Beast
Extraverts are more vulnerable to boredom. In the evolutionary past, they likely relieved the boredom by having affairs. Did this improve their reproductive success?

FoMO? No, DoMO! "The Desire of Missing Out" Debuts

By Daniel J Winarick Ph.D. on January 19, 2017 in Personality Quotient
Millennial lexicon touts the fear of missing out (FoMO) but neglects DoMO.

Don't Just Do It

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on January 17, 2017 in Introvert Power
Abandoning your resolutions? Did the pressure to "just do it" backfire? Time to try a little contemplation.

Do Extroverts Manage Stress Better?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 05, 2017 in The Human Beast
Our society favors extroverts as the outgoing individuals who discover continents and sell stuff and they may be better at managing stress also. So why did introversion evolve?

“I Thought Being an Introvert was Abnormal”

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 03, 2017 in How To Do Life
An interview with a loner.

The Disappearance of the Schizoid Personality

By Daniel J Winarick Ph.D. on January 02, 2017 in Personality Quotient
Where did all the schizoids go?

Reflections on the Rise of the Introvert Movement

Remember when it was a curse to be considered an introvert? Author Sophia Dembling reflects on the introvert movement's progress and progression.

Introversion, Indians, and the Affluence Fallacy

By Elizabeth Wagele on December 20, 2016 in The Career Within You
“According to the World Health Organization, people in wealthy countries suffer depression by as much as eight times the rate as people in poor countries."

Your Survival Guide to Holiday Parties

By Elizabeth Lombardo Ph.D. on December 13, 2016 in Better Than Perfect
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Regardless, here is your survival guide to holiday parties.
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How to Date an Introvert

By Sophia Dembling on December 06, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
Introversion can be an easy scapegoat for relationship problems, but it's only the beginning of the discussion.

What Makes Your Introversion Unique? 17 Ways to Tell

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Evolution of the Self
There are several ways to distinguish one introvert from another. All the same, this personality trait can be extremely tricky to define, for it embodies multiple dimensions.
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5 Ways You're Doing Introversion Wrong

By Sophia Dembling on November 01, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
You're not doing introversion any favors if you think the introvert-proud movement is all about staying home.