Introvert Quote of the Week: July 27

If an introvert disappears on you or doesn’t answer texts for a while, this is why:

Introverts also don’t want to socialize every day. Every social interaction drains a little bit of energy, and after a few consecutive days of socializing, we need to shut down. After days of interacting, my brain feels stuffed with other people’s words. They rattle and chatter and knock around and I want to shake them out my ears. That’s when I turn down even invitations I might otherwise accept. When I’ve hit the wall of socializing, no invitation sounds like as much fun as being alone. Our limited ability to socialize causes us to be selective about whom we see when, and how. We are reluctant to squander precious social energy on empty-calorie encounters.

Sophia Dembling, The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World

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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.