I Vant To Be Alone

by Jeffrey Zeldman

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  1. I am this person your’e talking about.  Everyday I try and “go outside my world” just one time.  Some days are good days, and some days are bad.  But there are always other days.

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  2. when you see an introvert lost in thought, don’t say “What’s the matter?” or “Are you all right?”, don’t say anything else, either.
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  3. A simply brilliant piece. Pretty much describes me to a T.

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  4. Ditto. I’ve found using Myers-Briggs is a neat tool to help provide some framework for helping introverts better understand extroverts, and vice versa (and a myriad of other personality types). This little bit alone has helped me remain sensitive to the needs of introverts as well as extroverts (paraphrasing): “An introvert is exhausted by being around other people, and needs to be by himself to recharge his batteries; an extrovert finds being by herself to be draining, and receives energy from other people.”

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  5. Susan Cain’s Quiet is a wonderful read on this subject. It breaks down the cultural evolution in America, from when the introvert was revered (the lone frontiersman), to modern day, overwhelming groupthink: (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307352153/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0307352153&linkCode=as2&tag=clrbld-20)

    The Introvert Advantage was a good read too. It shows how introverts & extraverts actually process stimulation differently at a neurological level. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761123695/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0761123695&linkCode=as2&tag=clrbld-20)

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