How to be Mentally and Emotionally Strong If You’re a Sensitive Intuitive Introvert

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At 2:30 this morning, thunder rolled outside my window and my nervous system kicked into high gear. Awakened by the storm, my mind clicked on and my chest and stomach responded by tightening and producing acid, respectively. I do not … Continue reading

We Are Quiet and We’re OK: Don’t Worry or Try to Change Us, Listening and Thinking Are Our Pleasure

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I’ve been on vacation this week. Six days surrounded by six other people, every day. It has been wonderful and relaxing overall but I have made some introvert observations. If you are quiet people do not hesitate to point it … Continue reading

Getting More Action by Speaking an Introvert’s Love Language

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A marriage counselor once asked my former husband and me what part we each played at the end of the Thanksgiving meal. Did we pop up and start clearing dishes or did we remain seated, rooted in conversation with other diners? … Continue reading

Kissing, Creativity and Solitude: An Introvert Finds a State of Flow in Summer’s Free for All

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It’s summer. My days are chopped up and writing time is elusive. My children are home and my actions are more reactive than self-directed. I miss writing and self-direction. My man has been traveling, entertaining and hosting his family. Our cozy routine … Continue reading

Are You More Type A or Type B? Relaxed and Intrinsically Motivated Means More Fulfilled in the Long Run

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In the late 1950s, Drs. Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman began noticing similarities in their patients prone to heart disease. It was more than their diet and genetics. It was the similar ways they led their lives. Dr. Friedman noted … Continue reading

How an Introvert Adds a Significant Other to Their Life : Making Space for Relationships

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A 2014 study out of the University of Oxford found that we all seem to maintain a constant number of intimates, and when we add one, we drop one. While the number of people — what researchers call an individual’s social … Continue reading

So You’re Not CEO of Anything. You Are Calming, Comforting and Healing: Valuing Your Sensitive Introvert Skill-Set

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I have never had the right energy or skills to command others to do things. I don’t have the instincts to be a boss. For many years, I thought it was better and more impressive to be in charge. I took classes and read … Continue reading

Surprises, Scones and Jane Austen. An Introvert Finds Herself Leading a Tour Through England

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Imagine you are a kid planning to attend a new summer camp. You are a little nervous about the situation because: 1. You don’t know anyone there. 2. It’s a long way from home. 3. You have never been there 4.There … Continue reading

Are You a Warrior or an Advisor? Seeking Glory for the Behind the Scenes Introvert

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Sometimes I cannot believe how lucky I am. The other day I was invited to a private tour of the Habsburg exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. One of the museum’s esteemed curators, Eike Schmidt, PhD, led our small … Continue reading

Why You May Not Be So Swift at Making Decisions: An Introvert Ponders Pondering

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It’s 9 o’clock at night and we are perusing the food options in the United terminal at O’Hare airport in Chicago. Packaged shrimp salads with strawberries and jicama; yogurt parfaits with granola, mango and bananas; roasted cinnamon and sugar peanuts… … Continue reading