Aug. 16, 2014

Introverts typically prefer a quieter, slower-paced lifestyle. They don’t particularly enjoy or feel comfortable with the extraverted rat race. There are two reasons for this. First… introverts are more easily overwhelmed by external stimuli. They tend to be more sensitive than extraverts, which can dispose them to feeling anxious or overtaxed when too much is happening around them. Second, introverts prefer a slower and quieter life because it affords them time and space to nourish and replenish themselves. Down time is like air for introverts. They need ample time to catch their breath, reflect on life, and explore their own interests.

Dr. A. J. Drenth, My True Type

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Jenn Granneman is the founder of and the author of The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World. She also cohosts The Introvert, Dear Podcast and blogs for Psychology Today. For most of her life, Jenn felt weird, different, and out of place because of her quiet ways. She writes about introversion because she doesn’t want other introverts to feel the way she did.