Dear Corporate America: Introverts Matter Too

introvertQuick test: When you look at this photo, what kinds of emotions are you feeling? Excitement? Happiness? A sense of togetherness? Or, if you’re like me (and probably a lot of other introverts too) are your feelings more along the lines of panic, dread, and an immediate need to be alone? Welcome to being an introvert in the modern workplace. Fun, isn’t it? Continue reading

“Why Are You So Quiet?”

I choose option #4

I choose option #4

The question all of us introverts have surely heard far too many times. “Why are you so quiet?” This question can come in many forms, including but not limited to: “Is there anything wrong?” “Are you mad at me?” “Are you bored?” “Why don’t you speak up once in a while?”

The truth: I’m a quiet person. It’s ingrained in my DNA, and I can’t change it. I tried for years to change, thinking that because so many people commented on my silence it must be weird for me to be quiet all the time. But when I attempted to be talkative and outgoing I got grumpy. Really grumpy. People began asking what they did to offend me or why I was so upset all the time, which wasn’t any better than people asking why I was so quiet all the time. Continue reading

Yeah, If People Could Stop Thinking I’m a Sociopath, That’d Be Great

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There’s not much that annoys me more than people (read: extroverts) completely misunderstanding my introversion. I’m used to getting strange looks when I tell people I’m not lonely when I spend all day home alone, or that my ideal weekend involves me, a book, and maybe a movie or two. But when I’m compared to a murderer, that’s where I draw the line.

Let me explain. Continue reading