Sound familiar? You’re very likely to be in the right place here. I’m an introvert who works with quiet, introverted people, and you may be one of us.
It is such a common experience for us to be misunderstood in our quiet, introverted ways. Were you also told you were somehow a bit “off”, “strange”, or “weird” because quietness was your natural state? Have you been asked, or even told, to be different from how you are? Isn’t it painful?
Many of us do not identify as introverts until sometime after becoming an adult. Instead, we adapt to life in an extroverted world, often becoming fairly skilled at masking our introversion.
We don’t find it easy: relationships may be hard to find and to maintain, at the same time we may feel unfulfilled without them. Separation, loss, or grief can become insurmountable hurdles for those of us who find it hard to identify feelings.
We may even find ourselves overlooked for promotions because our quiet nature is misinterpreted as a lack of leadership quality. And our hectic family lives, while cherished, may not give us any much-needed “alone time”.