Tooting your own horn as an introvert

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This photo, “Megaphone,” is (c) ashley.adcox 2008 and made available through an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.

I got a couple bits of fun news over the last few days: First, a piece I wrote for the blog of The One Project (an awesome photography community for people with depression and anxiety) was posted! And second, a short story I submitted to a contest was selected as a finalist!

But there’s a bit of a catch to that second one. Continue reading “Tooting your own horn as an introvert”

The Work-Life Balance Dilemma for Introverts

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This photo, “The walk | Ueno, Tokyo,” is copyright jamesjustin 2009 and made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.

As one of my favourite lines from the Simpsons goes, “No TV and no beer make Homer something something…” Whether TV and beer are your ideas of fun or not, you inevitably need a work-life balance, just like Homer Simpson does. One thing I’ve been wondering is whether introverts have different problems, compared to extroverts, with finding their ideal work-life balance. I don’t just mean finding a way to balance paid work with personal life, but also how to balance schoolwork and household responsibilities and such. How do introverts find their happy medium of work time and playtime? Continue reading “The Work-Life Balance Dilemma for Introverts”

3 Problems in Group Work that Introverts Can Overcome

This photo, “Creative Teamwork,” is copyright (c) 2013 Glen Forde and made available under an Attribution-ShareAlike license.
This photo, “Creative Teamwork,” is copyright (c) 2013 Glen Forde and made available under an Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Be it for a class or your job, often working with a group or team involves, er, teamwork. Which tends to entail interpersonal interactions. Which introverts tire of.

Teamwork: The process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal (from Business Dictionary).

Right. Collaboration. Meaning not working alone in your little corner. (I have a little corner: third floor of the university library, by the window giving me a view of the campus. You should have a little corner, too.)

Continue reading “3 Problems in Group Work that Introverts Can Overcome”

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.

Continue reading “Why Introverts Shouldn’t Feel Limited in Their Career and Other Life Choices”