Introvert Quote of the Week: March 30

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In some ways, introverts are like sponges. We soak up what is happening around us. Because we are such good listeners and sensitive to the vibes of people around us, we are ultra-tuned in to the needs of others. Like anyone else, we want to be liked and appreciated, but because we are reserved and don’t draw a lot of attention to ourselves, we might have a tendency to offer ourselves up as sounding boards and to anticipate others’ needs and sublimate our own for the connections we crave. Or we might be ashamed of our introversion and try to quash it to meet the demands of people around us.

Sophia Dembling, Introverts in Love: The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After

Jenn Granneman is the founder of IntrovertDear.com 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.