1. WHAT IS INTROVERSION?
Introverted people live in a human-sized hamster ball (not really but you know what I mean) The major trait is a true introvert, as apposed to someone who is withdrawn, is how they gain their energy.
Extrovert people gather their energy from their surroundings. They absorb the “good vibes” of the people around them and this need a lot of social interaction.
Introverted people make their own energy and rather than taking it from others, give it on social contact. This means that they naturally find most interaction exhausting and need time to recharge.
Because this energy is a limited resource, they tend to see extrovert as obnoxious predators out to steal their sweet, sweet energy juices. That’s why they have the hamster ball of personal space.
2. HOW TO INTERACT WITH INTROVERTED
Just because someone is introverted doesn’t mean they don’t like company. Interaction is just expensive and they don’t want to spend it on something annoying (read: wasteful)
Here’s what you do:
Say hello, be polite and relaxed, show that you recognize and approve of their presence. It is important for introverts to feel welcome – they won’t spend their precious energy on someone who doesn’t want them around. If you have interesting/important news to mention, mention it. Just don’t press for gossip.
Then go back to whatever you were doing. Now the introverts know that you are friendly an open to interactions but will not push them into spending energy if they have no need to.
Tah-dah! That’s all there is to it!
- Respect personal space (hamster ball)
- Energy is limited
- Don’t demand to have energy spent on you when it’s not particularly needed
- Don’t take silence as an insult – it isn’t !
- Introverts get lonely, too
That’s it folks!
Be sure to hug your introvert today! (with permission of course)
Source: How to Live with Introverts by =SchroJones
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