Where’d My Energy Go? 12 Causes of Over-Arousal for the Introvert and/or Highly Sensitive Person

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As an introvert and sensitive person, I am vigilantly mindful of my energy and where it slips to, but some days even I don’t know why I feel so drained. My UK writer friend, Andy Mort of SheepDressedLikeWolves.com, sent me … Continue reading

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Are You More Masculine or Feminine Right Now? What Inspires You, Praise or a Challenge?

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    The masculine grows by challenge, but the feminine grows by praise.                 — David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man Not submissive. Not macho. According to spiritual and sexual author and guru, … Continue reading

Dating Deeply: Will You Go Intimate with Me?

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My last relationship ended before it got serious. He stopped putting energy into it before we were fully intimate, fully trusting, deeply involved. In my opinion, it ended on the edge of amazing. I have a desire to go deep. To wander into … Continue reading

I Feel People and They Feel Me: The Blessing and Curse of Feeling Deeply

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I witnessed a lot of pain this week. The kind where people curl up fetally and ache deeply. The kind where they cry until they are numb and limp. People are fragile. Physically, mentally and spiritually. True, people are strong and … Continue reading

Communicating As an Introvert: The Intimacy of Written Words and Inner Worlds

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  If you cannot feel me through my written words Then you will never grasp me in person For my words are the architecture of my inner most parts. Secret things hung out to dry in front of you. —Scaffold … Continue reading

Introvert Rising: More Secrets to Staving Off Overwhelming Emotions and Shifting Your Whole Experience

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Emotions can consume introverts. Elation and euphoria are felt intensely and deeply, so are disappointment and devastation. The sparkly, glittery great times are not a problem, of course. It’s the frustrating, overloaded, on-the-way-to-overwhelm times, that trip us up. I am a … Continue reading

How Do Introverts Feel About Physical Affection? Is It As Energizing As Emotional Intimacy?

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Introverts crave interactions of meaning and depth. Such connecting fills us up and depletes us less. Could physical touch be as fulfilling and meaningful as verbal caressing? Is connecting through touch comparable to emotional intimacy? Is physical contact more or less draining … Continue reading

Introvert Exhausted: Counteracting the Drain of Emotions, Sugar and People

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My mind is cottony and my body feels like slabs of brisket. My energy is flickering like a wet flame. I am pushing through my day because I have to. There is no rest time in sight. The calendar and … Continue reading

How Much Are You Willing to Reveal?:Daring to Be Vulnerable

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I’m a memoirist. All I know how to do is reveal. — Elizabeth Gilbert My creativity lies in my revealing, my sharing, my telling of personal stories. For a very long time, I only shared personal stories with my best … Continue reading

Introvert Dating in Her 40s: It’s Good. It’s Bad. It’s Different This Time Around.

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Back in my 20s when I was dating the first time, men weren’t exactly beating down my door. I’d had two boyfriends in college and a sprinkling of making out and phone calls beyond that. As a teen and twenty-something … Continue reading