Introverts often need more time to process and react to what is going on around them compared to extroverts, but that doesn’t stop the world from speeding right on by them. I made a video to try to answer the question I pose in the title of this post:
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?
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.