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How to live a quiet life in a noisy world
We're conditioned in our culture to think solitude equals loneliness, but that is frequently not the case. For many of us, many experiences are enhanced when we do them solo.
Research finds that friendships last an average of seven years, so we all find ourselves short sometimes. Making new friends takes effort, but it's worth it.
By playing it too close to the chest, introverts may lose out on useful information about how others perceive us.
Friendship is important and requires maintenance. Don't let introvert power weaken your bonds with others.
Sometimes a day at home, just messing around, is exactly what an introvert needs.
I'm generally fine with my introversion, but sometimes I worry about my lack of warmth — the result of both nature and nurture.
Introverts need a formula to find the balance between expending social energy and recharging.
The confidence I developed around my introversion is wavering as I change over time. This is not altogether a bad thing.
It's OK to admit you hate doing something, especially if you then seek out other ways to participate with joy.
Some introverts love riding along on extroverts' energy. Are you compatible with an extroverted partner?
None of these questions are deal-breakers, but they're worth considering as you negotiate your relationship with an introvert.
The right self-talk and visualization can help me push out of my comfort zone when that feels like the right thing to do.
Fear of missing out is only part of what makes this introvert anxious. Sometimes even proud introverts wonder if they're living right.
We can develop social anxiety when we avoid the interactions that scare us, but we can conquer it with practice.
Whether introverts or extroverts are better friends is besides the point. The point is figuring out how to make the friendship work.
Fill in the blanks on this letter and send it before you go home for the holidays and maybe your family will be more understanding of your introverted nature.
After year one of political activism, I'm wondering if I have the will to be a leader.
Sometimes when life hands you too much to do, you have to just hunker down and get it done, even when it stretches you thin.
It's hard to imagine telling a friend he or she talks too much--but might airing that truth be a kindness?
The retreat that technology offers can be a dream come true for introverts--but it can become a nightmare.
With conversation and compromise, you and your partner can avoid BIS—Bitchy Introvert Syndrome.
A tendency to miss social cues is among the reasons some awkward people start talking and can't seem to stop.
Introverts are often sitting ducks for chatterboxes. This is what we're thinking as we sit and listen and listen and listen.
Traveling with other people is fun, but solo travel is a very particular pleasure for introverts.
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.
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.
Introversion can be an easy scapegoat for relationship problems, but it's only the beginning of the discussion.
You're not doing introversion any favors if you think the introvert-proud movement is all about staying home.
If you worry about being a good friend, choose the people you love and trust most and tell them how you feel. This simple act will bring you closer together.
Labeling yourself "an introvert" suggests a fixed behavior hewing to a set of guidelines; considering yourself "introverted" is a starting point for self-discovery.
Sophia Dembling is a Dallas-based writer and the author of Introverts in Love: The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After.
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