Have you heard of Nancy Fenn, The IntrovertZCoach? Her website is jam packed with tips and insights for and about introverts! Here’s a sample of her writing:
The Top 10 Ways to Protect Yourself from Wrong Accusations as a Result of Being an Introvert
Introverts have to cope with a world that is set up against them. The amount of emotional abuse suffered by introverts in childhood is inestimable. Let’s look at the Top Ten ways to recover from this abuse and move on. You can win just the way you are!
1. Assert yourself as a legitimate personality type.
There are two legitimate personality types: extroverts and introverts.
2. Correct people when they refer to introverts as neurotics.
Introverts are not neurotics. They are introverts.
3. Correct people when they refer to introverts as prone to mental illness.
Introverts are no more prone to mental illness than others. When extroverts are under stress, they overeat, smoke, drink and become violent. When introverts are under stress, they withdraw. This does not make them mentally ill.
4. Correct people when they assert that introverts are anti-social.
Introverts are not anti-social. They are drained by other people and must limit their time in company, but they are friendly and loving people.
5. Correct people when they assert that introverts have nothing to say.
On the contrary, introverts won’t speak unless they have something important to say!
6. Put a proper value on your ability to be a good listener.
Good listening skills are invaluable in all areas of business and industry.
7. Do not apologize for time spent alone.
Explain to critical “others” that introverts need to spend at least half their time alone for good mental and emotional health. Then assert, if necessary, that introverts are a legitimate personality type.
8. Introverts are not losers.
Take pride that you are in the company of such introverts, past and present, as Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg, Queen Elizabeth II, Charles Darwin, Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Jordan and Bruce Lee.
9. Stand up for introverted children who are being misunderstood in your presence.
This is one of the most healing things you can possibly do for yourself as it will heal your own inner child.
10. Don’t let pushy extroverts interrupt you while you’re reading a good book.
Explain politely that you can’t talk right now, you’re reading a book.
About the Author
Nancy R. Fenn, is a popular author of books and tips for Introverts, The Introvertz Coach, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visited on the web. Nancy R. Fenn wants you to know: Nancy helps introverts discover their unique place in the world and provides ways for them to win just the way they are.