How do you feel about your own company? - woman walking alone on a beach
Mental health

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?

Humanity & social relationships, Mental health

Why It’s 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 It’s Hard For Me To Be Around People

Book cover: Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung
Book reviews, Humanity & social relationships

Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung is a book that is wholeheartedly pro-introvert. 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 the author encourages you to… Continue reading Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

woman sitting atop a mountain
Humanity & social relationships

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?

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blogging community, Mental health

Working On Us – Week 15 – Isolation & 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

hands blocking face
Mental health

What’s the Difference Between Introversion, Shyness, and Social Anxiety?

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 it appears in the Myers-Briggs personality typology.  The opposite is extroversion, and individuals may fall at different points along the continuum between the… Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Introversion, Shyness, and Social Anxiety?

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

Book reviews, Humanity & social relationships

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