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Happy New Years!

Well it is New Years Eve yet again, with all the trappings this holiday brings. You know the trappings I am referring too, the parties, the noise, the invitations to ring in the New Year with your Extroverted friends. Of course being the Introverted Souls we are we may politely decline the invites.

Last year I made the mistake of ignoring my Introverted intuition, and agreed to go to a New Years bash with an Extroverted friend. Of course her intentions were good, and I love her dearly. However, I wasn't at the party for more than a few moments before I realized I was already feeling drained, and I began zoning out. My thoughts started projecting towards the future, the very near future in fact. A future where I would be tucked snugly in my warm bed reading a favorite book. The anticipation of impending Introvert heaven was enough to sustain me through the remainder of the 'fun' party. Although half way through I did grab a drink to calm my increasingly frazzled …

Debunking Introvert Myths Introduction: Patricia Weber


Are Introverts Better Bloggers?

By Barbara Swafford

When I was a little girl, I was labeled as shy. Looking back, it wasn’t that I was shy, I was an introvert. I remember being comfortable speaking with others one on one, or in a small group, but I never liked big crowds, nor a lot of chatter. I preferred to stay in the background, listen and observe, plus I was often preoccupied with my thoughts.

Today’s Lesson

When I first started blogging, I would have bet most bloggers, in real life, were extroverts. After all, many of them were successful and projected themselves as being confident and outgoing. There was a lot of “noise” around their blogs and they responded in a way it appeared they enjoyed all of the commotion.

But over the course of the last two years, I’ve begun to see a pattern in bloggers. More and more bloggers are admittedly introverts.

At first I was surprised there were so many introverts who enjoyed blogging, but when I take a closer look, I can see how blogging is a great “fit” for introverts.


Are You An Introvert?

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Introverts: Strength In (a lack of) Numbers

Sometimes, you just don’t feel very much like socializing … but what if that happens more often than not. Are you sick? Are you inhuman? No – you may simply be an introvert. As another Ode blogger once discussed, just because you enjoy being alone doesn’t mean you are lonely. Many introverts are often quite good as socializing, they just choose not to. As Wikipedia so intelligently states, “Introversion does not describe social discomfort but rather social preference. An introvert may not be shy at all but may merely prefer non social or less social activities.”

Pick up your average thesaurus and find the word “introvert”. Accompanying it, you may see “brooder, egotist, loner, narcissist, self-observer” or “wallflower”. Though I am sure some introverts fall into a few of these categories, I’d have to say the most accurate synonym is “self-observer.” In fact, I dare say the world is lacking in introverts.

The worlds of entertainment and technology have driven us to dim our mind, sitti…

A Guide For The Introverted Blogger

by Micah Sparacio

Only about 25% of the population are introverts, so we’re clearly in the minority. I’m not sure how well that percentage translates into the blogosphere, but I’m sure it’s probably a bit higher because of the good fit that blogging offers for the introvert’s tendency to work in physical isolation.

What I want to do over the next few months is explore what it means to be an introverted blogger, how bloggers can use their introvert tendencies to enhance their blogging, and how to overcome the most common stumbling blocks that an introvert faces when writing material for public consumption and comment.

So what exactly is an introvert? Being an introvert involves many of the following characteristics:

1. you prefer to be alone, rather than in groups
2. you are extremely sensitive to criticism
3. you have a lower than average self-esteem, and strong feelings of incompetence (may feel like a fraud)
4. you feel cautious at sharing ideas (a big stumbling block for bloggers!…

The Happy Introvert

Uplifting Video About Introverts.



Scientists now know that, while introverts have no special advantage in intelligence, they do seem to process more information than others in any given situation. To digest it, they do best in quiet environments, interacting one on one. Further, their brains are less dependent on external stimuli and rewards to feel good.

On being an introvert in an extroverted world, from Psychology Today. (via


One of the biggest differences between introverts and extroverts is how they react to stress.
Some people don’t understand how introverts react to stress. Because of this, they think that all introverts are “neurotic” or mentally ill. Let me explain why this is a misperception.

When extroverts are stressed they “act out”. They may smoke, drink, yell and scream, throw a punch, stomp around or generally raise the roof. Although this behavior is difficult and even obnoxious, it is not considered “mentally ill”.

When introverts are stressed, they withdraw. They do this to recharge their batteries, not because they are neurotic. Introverts need time alone to bring order back into their inner world. They give energy to others and receive energy when alone.

Let’s look at some of the things that can stress introverts.

• Introverts are territorial. Someone cannot take your seat, move your stuff, lean on your desk, ignore your closed door or borrow your clothes without …

Some Fascinating Introvert Reading

Being an introvert


Famous Introverts


Brains of Introverts Reveal Why They Prefer Being Alone

By Rachael Rettner, LiveScience Staff Writer

Human faces may hold more meaning for socially outgoing individuals than for their more introverted counterparts, a new study suggests.

The results show the brains of extroverts pay more attention to human faces than do introverts. In fact, introverts' brains didn't seem to distinguish between inanimate objects and human faces.

The findings might partly explain why extroverts are more motivated to seek the company of others than are introverts, or why a particularly shy person might rather hang out with a good book than a group of friends.

The study also adds weight to idea that underlying neural differences in people's brains contribute to their personality.

"This is just one more piece of evidence to support the assertion that personality is not merely a psychology concept," said study researcher Inna Fishman, of the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in La Jolla, Calif. "There's some broader foundation…

Informative Artice On Introversion By Lesley Sword

Western civilisation today is dominated by the extravert viewpoint. This is because extraverts outnumber introverts 3 to 1, are more vocal than introverts and are more understandable than introverts.

However, while introverts are a minority group in society, they form the majority of gifted people. Moreover, it appears that introversion increases with intelligence so that more than 75% of people with an IQ above 160 are introverted.

Introversion and extraversion are personality types: two complementary ways of operating in the world. People have both introversion and extraversion in their personalities and so are not limited either to the inner world or the outer world.

But they have a natural preference for either introversion or extraversion rather like a preference for right or left handedness. For example some of you reading this can’t wait to get to the practical applications: you are looking at it from the extravert’s standpoint.

Other readers are more interested in the insigh…

Introvert Dreams..


Welcome To The Introvert's Closet!

The Introvert’s Closet is a blog dedicated to those among us who cherish solitude, quiet activity, and relish the idea of curling up with a delicious book, among many other things! From a very young age I felt somehow different from my extroverted peers. Social interactions drained me, and small talk made me cringe on the inside. My introverted traits were already in evidence when I was a toddler. My mother often recounts how I would spend hours hiding and playing in closets, and even making an empty box into my private playhouse. Now that I am an adult, I still love small, private spaces. It was only in the past few years did I discover Introversion as a valid personality type. Once I understood that my ‘difference’ was a normal trait shared by many others, I was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief! I wasn’t crazy or abnormal after all, I was simply an Introvert. Once that wonderful discovery was made, I researched and devoured anything I could find regarding Introversion. After gl…