Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, can be a crippling condition that makes it extremely difficult to be around people. It affects around 13% of the population at some point during their lifetime. A key element of the condition is a fear of doing something that will result in humiliation. That's not me. … Continue reading Why It’s Hard For Me To Be Around People
The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung is a book that is wholeheartedly pro-introvert, and takes that stance that introversion is not a limitation. The tone has a motivational, coaching style as the author encourages you to embrace your authentic self. The book defines introverts as "people who gain energy in solitude and lose … Continue reading Book Review: The Year of the Introvert
I had originally planned to use the feature image within this post, but just this morning I came across the photo above and LOVED it. Introversion and extroversion are personality traits lying at opposite ends of a spectrum. Some people fit with one extreme or another, but many people fall somewhere in the middle. Introversion … Continue reading How Common is Introversion?
It's week 15 of Beckie's mental health matters prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please visit her post for details on how to participate. This week's topic is isolation and introversion. Prompt #1 Questions: Are you more Isolated or Introverted? I've always been introverted; it's part of who I am. Depression makes me isolate, and … Continue reading Working On Us – Week 15 – Isolation & Introversion
Introversion, shyness, and social anxiety can sometimes get mixed up, but they're quite different. In this post we'll look at some of the similarities and differences. Introversion is a personality trait, and appears in the Myers-Briggs personality typology. The opposite is extroversion, and individuals may fall at different points along the continuum between the two. … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Introversion, Shyness, and Social Anxiety?
The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World is written by psychologist Marti Olsen Laney, who is herself an introvert. She observes that we live in a culture that values extroversion, and cites Dr. David Myers, who identified extroversion as a prerequisite trait for happiness in his book The Pursuit of Happiness. … Continue reading Book review: The Introvert Advantage
A little while back I was reading a blog post that talked about Dr. Elaine Aron's book The Highly Sensitive Person. I thought huh, sounds like I'm probably one of those. So I picked up the book from the library and had a read, and it got me thinking about traits and illness and all … Continue reading Not-so-highly-sensitive person
I have always been an introvert, yet there is always an underlying awareness that being introverted is not necessarily socially acceptable.
Depression is a profoundly isolating illness, as many mental illnesses can be, and as my illness progresses in many ways I find myself evolving into a hermit of sorts.