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.

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Jenn Granneman is the founder of and the author of The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World. Jenn is a contributor to Psychology Today, HuffPost, Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution, Upworthy, The Mighty, The Muse, Motherly, and a number of other outlets. She has appeared on the BBC and in Buzzfeed and Glamour magazine. Jenn started Introvert, Dear because she wanted to write about what it was like being an introvert living in an extrovert's world. Now she's on a mission: to let introverts everywhere know it's okay to be who they are.