5 Myths about Introverts
- Introverts are shy
Introverts can be quite charismatic and charming. Introverts are wired to gather energy through quiet reflective time. Observing this internal reflection & energy gathering could easily be confused for shyness. Think of them as an iPad plugged in and recharging. Leave them alone for a bit. They will come back to you recharged and ready to interact.
- Introverts don’t make good public speakers
Introverts have plenty to say when they are passionate about a subject. They can be quite informed and knowledgable about their subjects. In fact, many individuals report enjoying listening to an expert introvert speak because they can be less flowery or wordy then some extraverts.
- Introverts don’t like interacting with groups
Introverts enjoy and value friendship as much as extraverts. The difference is they prefer smaller groups or one-to-one interactions. Most introverts report enjoying meaningful conversations with 1 person or smaller groups.
- Introverts don’t like to talk
Introverts have plenty to say. They chose to talk about subjects they have knowledge or understanding about or subjects they would like to learn more about. Introverts also, in general, take an average of 3 seconds longer to answer a question than extraverts. This is because introverts Think-Talk-Think. So be sure to pause and allow them the time they need to respond. It will be worth the wait, as you will create space for them to think about their response to your question or comment.
- Introverts are boring
Introverts can be quite interesting. They often are great listeners and gather a lot of knowledge in doing so. They also tend to live a little more in their heads than extraverts, giving them more time to ponder & dream. Next time you find yourself with an introvert, ask them what they are thinking. Be sure to close your mouth and listen. You will most likely learn something interesting.
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About the author
Michele Burch Reid, MA, founder of LCI, is an Organizational Effectiveness & Personal Development Consultant and Coach. Michele has a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, as well as several certifications. She helps clients create overall satisfaction & potential by tapping into their natural strengths with Personality Type, Emotional Intelligence Training, Biofeedback & other Brain-based tools. Michele’s philosophy is that when you discover what inspires you, you can more easily inspire and lead others. Whether that is in the board room, the classroom, or the family room.