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By Lindsay Hood

Couple Reading Together | Dating While Introverted: What You Need To Know

Dating While Introverted: What You Need to Know

There’s a problem with the one-size-fits-all wisdom commonly intoned during dating discussions (“Just put yourself out there! Say yes to everything! Let everyone know you’re looking!”). However well-intentioned it may be, it flies in the face of a major factor essential to an introvert’s well-being---alone time. Read more >

Life

By Tina Rowley

Woman Meditating on a Dock | How (and Why) I Meditate

How (and Why) I Meditate

The prospect of relief is what drives me to the meditation cushion over and over, more than any other motivation. I’m not looking for God; I’m not trying to be a better person. I’d welcome both of those side effects—but really, I’d just like to stop whirring. Read more >

Work

By Sophia Dembling

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The Social Introvert: Rocking the Job Interview

Introverts are great listeners; we're good at drawing people out; and we're often a lot more comfortable listening than talking. Read more >

Life

By Susan Cain

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How to Tell Your Own Life Story

What narrative have you constructed from the events of your life? And do you know that this is the single most important question you can ask yourself? Read more >

Life

By Jennifer Mattern

Girl and Grandfather Covered in Flour | My Father the Introvert: A Photo Essay

My Father, the Introvert: A Photo Essay

This, I realize, is what I have been waiting to see, waiting to capture. My father, no longer holding his breath. Read more >

Life

By Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Woman Playing with Dogs in Grass | What We're Reading: The Importance of Play

What We’re Reading: The Importance of Play

It turns out that making time for play is important not just for animals in the wild but also humans -- adults as well as kids. In fact, it’s one of the most important things we can do for our health and happiness. Read more >

Life

By Lacy Ellman

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3 Spiritual Practices You’re Already Doing

As introverts, we know that the practices of solitude, self-discovery, and paying attention are part of our daily lives, and when we pursue them with the intention of connecting with the transcendent, they can become spiritual practices as well. Read more >

Work

By Karen Walrond

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“Function Drives the Form”: An Interview with Furniture Designer Paul Forde

"Ultimately, things can happen in a business that you’re not out driving. I mean, you can have some success, and you can be driven, and you can work hard without having to be an extrovert. " Read more >

Kids and Parenting

By Monica Bielanko

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Children’s Birthday Parties: An Introvert’s Worst Nightmare

All that forced interaction in the name of good parenting creates a constant low-grade panic that ratchets up when the bane of all parent-introverts rears its ugly head: the birthday party. Read more >

Life

By Susan Cain

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“You Have Today To Do What Matters Most”: An Interview with Tom Rath

One of the lessons I learned very early in life, from my grandfather, is that it is an extraordinary waste of time to try to be someone you are not. Read more >

Life

By Sophia Dembling

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The Social Introvert: Introverted, or Just Rude?

If you recognize yourself as a nonresponder, I strongly suggest thinking about the message you're sending friends and loved ones. Read more >

Work

By Val Nelson

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Dear Val: Getting Comfortable with Online Marketing

There’s always a way to find the overlap between what you enjoy and what will draw your ideal audience to you. Read more >

Kids and Parenting

By Brian Gresko

Man Tying Running Shoes | Exercising My Way to Better Parenting

Exercising My Way to Better Parenting

I felt guilty sticking my hard-working, fully employed wife with solo parent duty just so I could go to the park and run circles in the sunshine. Read more >

Work

By Susan Cain

Faces of introverted leaders -- current and historical -- Who's an Example of Introverted Leadership?

Readers Ask Susan Cain: Who’s an Example of Introverted Leadership?

"He learned how to draw on his own natural strengths as an introvert to be a natural leader." Read more >

Life

By Quiet Revolution

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What We’re Reading: Work/Life Balance and the Myth of the 80-Hour Week

We’ve fallen for the belief that the more hours we put in (and the more we sacrifice of our personal life), the higher we’ll rise. Fortunately, research is on hand that shows that work/life balance doesn’t just help your life -- it also helps your work. Read more >

Life

By Christine Tan

Woman sitting on table clasping her hands | On Being Introverted and Asian

On Being Quiet and Asian

Listen to how Chinese people bargain, resolve a dispute, or shoot the breeze with each other, and I dare you to tell me that Asians are an inherently shy, introverted bunch. Read more >

Work

By Andy Hinds

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Steve Martin: Wild and Crazy Introvert

Being “offbeat” would prove crucial to Martin’s huge success later on, and his self-imposed isolation from the cool kids ensured that he would remain quirkily out of sync. Read more >

Kids and Parenting

By Kristen Howerton

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The Benefits of Being an Introverted Parent

I viewed my introversion as a parental liability, a flaw I had to overcome. Lately, though, I’ve been wondering: could my introverted personality be a benefit? Does it actually, in some ways, make me a better parent? Read more >

Work

By Susan Cain

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Getting Credit, Shining in Job Interviews, and More: A Work Q&A with Susan Cain

I hope one day our culture will come to think of quiet as an asset! Until then, speak of your ability to focus, your incredible persistence at solving problems, or your tendency to forge strong alliances with fellow team members, one person at a time Read more >

Life

By Adam McHugh

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Why Listening Can Be a Gift

My gifts were in preaching and teaching; what was the point of me visiting patients in hospital rooms? In other words, I was terrified. Read more >