Tag: #introvertproblems

The BBC’s “The surprising benefits of talking to strangers”

Each Quietly Thriving blog post is built upon the research of one or more scientists. About a week ago, I chose a paper by Drs. Epley and Schroeder to serve as the basis for Improve Momentary Well-Being By Connecting With Strangers, Really. Although five years old, the Epley and Schroeder

Improve Momentary Well-being by Connecting with Strangers, Really

Our daily lives regularly place us in the presence of strangers. Many of us introverts will, by habit, choice or social norm, preserve our personal bubble and ignore the strangers. After all, “don’t talk to strangers” is an oft-repeated maxim from the parenting handbook.  Experimental data indicate that initiating a

He’s Copying Me: Deliberate Mimicry as a Relationship Tool

Unless you live a solitary life, you depend on other people and having a positive, supportive relationship with them is necessary.  Our extraverted brethren excel at building rapport whereas introverts are less innately skilled.  Fortunately, we can use deliberate intent coupled with some simple behaviors to enable rapport-building.  In this

Pretend You’re Good at it to Emerge as a Leader

Jenny Lawson and Neil Gaiman got it right; “pretend you’re good at it” enables introverted leaders to emerge. In a recent study, Spark et al. (2018) found that despite circumstances where introverted leadership may be beneficial, introverts tend to overestimate negative emotions of engaging in enough extraverted behavior to emerge as a

Introverts are More Vulnerable to Stress: Self-care is Vital

Introverts! You’re likely at greater risk of distress and burnout. Self-care is vitally important for everyone but introverts may have an even greater need than extraverts. A study by Bughi et al. (2017) found that, in high-stress situations, introverts had lower indicators of general well-being and higher indicators of distress/burnout risk. In