Misunderstanding Introverts

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?

So begins an excellent article called Caring for Your Introvert (HT: Br. Maynard) that describes the rich interior world of the introvert, and how difficult it is for extroverts to understand us.

As I am an introvert, I’ve wondered in the past about how to be an introvert in community. Perhaps something that would help is to get all the extroverts to read this article!

So, if you are an extrovert who has anybody in your community who fits the description above, read the article. If you are introvert, read the article for some good nodding material, and pass it on to every extrovert you know.