In my ongoing fascination with realizing not just that I am an introvert, but far from alone in it, articles on the subject keep appearing on my radar. This Psychology Today piece is called “Revenge of the Introvert” and it’s by Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D. It was published in September of 2010, but a Facebook friend just posted it.
A few highlights:
— An introvert who is silent in a group may actually be quite engaged — taking in what is said, thinking about it, waiting for a turn to speak — but will be seen in the U.S. as a poor communicator.
— To the extent that introverts feel the need to explain, apologize, or feel guilty about what works best for them, they feel alienated not only from society but from themselves.