Prompted by my reading of Quiet by Susan Cain, this week we’ve explored introverts and extroverts their distinctive and their qualities. Including:
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And, Are YOU An Introvert or Extrovert?
Whether you’re a parent, a brother or sister, an aunt, uncle or neighbor, you know children. And, if you’re like me, quiet children can be a mystery.
Today, I’d like to let Susan Cain’s insights on introvert children speak for themselves. Oh, wait – let me say this first – my favorite quote from her about children is: “Don’t just accept your child for who she is; treasure her.”
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013
in Education, Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values
Are You An Introvert or Extrovert (And Why Does It Matter)?
Do you ever wonder where you fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum?
Here is the place to assess yourself.
This quiz from Susan Cain’s QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking will help you self-assess.
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
I love my family.
I love my friends.
I love spending time with them, most of the time.
Being an introvert with “a big heart” fills me with tension. 1
I Love People BUT…
I like working on projects alone.
I feel guilty when I would prefer not going to brainstorming meetings.
I like working “alone” in coffee shops…
… surrounded by people I don’t talk to.
I would rather tweet than chat.
I would rather text than talk on the phone.
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
I’m an introvert with an extrovert’s job.
I’m an introvert with an extrovert’s personality.
Most people who see me work, especially when I’m teaching, would have no idea I am an introvert. 1
– I’m loud
– I’m funny
– I’m dramatic
– I’m engaging
– I usually teach dialogically
– I pursue relationships with others
And, I’m an introvert.
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013
in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Values
Back to the door
Laptop on the table
Earphones in my ears
If I sit in this coffee shop for more than an hour I’ll watch people come and go.
– Maybe I’ll smile at them
– Maybe I’ll nod a hello
Usually we’re silent strangers.
A couple of minutes ago two guys sat at the table behind me.
I knew that they were there three feet away.
I barely even looked their way.
It’s an interesting bubble of space: being close to strangers.
My music stopped
I heard my neighbors talking
They’re planning the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2013
I like empirical data, so one of my favorite parts of “Quiet” is the insights researchers and analysts provided that can help introverts take advantage of their unique traits and characteristics.
As an introvert with an extrovert’s job I know that there are times when I am jealous of my charismatic woo-filled colleagues.
On the other hand, “Quiet” helps remind people like me that we can thrive on our own terms, in our own way, in an extrovert-affirming world.
Can helps her readers to appreciate that attributes common to introverts (and extroverts) are assets in different settings. Cain advises introverts to recognize and embrace our own “sweet spot.”
In the quiet can learn that we are lovable and that we can be and need to be loved. When we rest in God’s love — truly allow God into our being — we can acknowledge our imperfections, we can feel our wounds, we can see our scars and admit our sins. When we rest we can be quiet. In the quiet is God waiting for us.
“Be still, and know that I am God! Our God says, “Calm down, and learn that I am God!” 1
Today, this is my quiet whisper.
1 – Psalm 46:10, NLT, CEV
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