Why Introverts Shouldn’t Feel Limited in Their Career and Other Life Choices

This photo, “Working Girl,” is copyright (c) 2010 Sam Javanrouh and made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial license.
This photo, “Working Girl,” is copyright (c) 2010 Sam Javanrouh and made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial license.

Do you believe that you can succeed at most anything if you want it enough? Or is your life limited by various invisible forces, including the fact that you’re an introvert?

As a sociology major, I can’t really approve of the belief that anyone can achieve anything regardless of their economic situation, race, gender, etc. It’s a prejudiced world out there. But fortunately for me, this is a blog on introversion, not sociology. And I believe that introverts can find success in a wide variety of careers and make other life choices based on their wants, not others’ expectations. So hear me out.

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How to Make Friends as an Introvert and Not Alienate Yourself

Friends
This photo, “Friends,” is copyright (c) 2010 Hartwig HKD and made available under an Attribution-No Derivatives license

Picture this: You’re on the bus after a tiring day at school or work, thinking about dinner and whether your cat missed you. A Friendly Acquaintance, who you don’t mind but don’t know that well, comes on. What do you do?

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3 Totally False, No Good Myths About Introverts

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This photo “shy” is copyright (c) 2013 Lucio R. and made available under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.

When I was a kid, I was frequently described as “shy” and “too quiet.” This was great for my self-esteem. Not until my first year of college did I come to understand a more positive descriptor: introvert. I’d heard the word before but thought that it, too, was bad. Then I had a book recommended to me: Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. This was, for real, great for my self-esteem.

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