How do you feel about your own company? - woman walking alone on a beach
Sense of Self

How Do You Feel About Your Own Company?

I find it fascinating the range of comfort levels people have with being alone.  It's pretty much guaranteed that we will all need to spend at least some time in our own company, yet there are many, many ways in which people experience this.  And while I know that for some people alone time is… Continue reading How Do You Feel About Your Own Company?

Why depression makes it hard to be around people - graphic of person standing out from a group
Depression

Why Depression Makes It Hard For Me To Be Around People

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 Depression Makes It Hard For Me To Be Around People

Book cover: Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung is wholeheartedly pro-introvert, which I thought was fantastic, because so am I. The book defines introverts as "people who gain energy in solitude and lose energy in stimulating environments."  The author's stance is that introversion is not a limitation.  The tone has a motivational, coaching style as… Continue reading Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

How common is introversion? Stats from an American study
Insights into Psychology

How Common Is Introversion?

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 & extroversion – what's the difference? Much of the difference between the two comes down to energy – where someone tends to focus it, and… Continue reading How Common Is Introversion?

Characteristics of introversion, shyness, and social anxiety/phobia
Mental Health

Introversion, Shyness & Social Anxiety: What’s the Difference?

Introversion, shyness, and social anxiety can sometimes get mixed up, but they're actually three distinct concepts. In this post, we'll look at some of the similarities and differences. Introversion is a personality trait, and it appears in the Myers-Briggs personality typology.  The opposite is extroversion, and individuals may fall at different points along the continuum… Continue reading Introversion, Shyness & Social Anxiety: What’s the Difference?

The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney book cover
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Introvert Advantage

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

Emotionally sensitive, but not a highly sensitive person – there's a difference
Sense of Self

Not-So-Highly-Sensitive Person

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