I’m an introvert. There I said it

morningI’ve been listening to podcasts and recently I ran across a conversation Joanna Penn, of The Creative Penn, had with Beth Beulow. I’ve gained a lot of insight from various shows but this particular one was so personally enlightening. It was almost a moment of epiphany, an hour. I’m an introvert. There I said it.

I cannot believe I never knew this about myself. I too feel drained by social interactions and energized by solitary reflection. Often, I would steel myself for larger crowd gatherings, (larger than five people). I stress over meetings in conference rooms and boardrooms, but am fine with small group and one-one interactions. More than just being distracted with activity/noise going on around me I get solemnly annoyed, quiet but agitated.

Inspired, I next watched Susan Cain’s TED talk and I feel wonderful knowing I’m not alone, as though being introverted is a disease. I agree, culturally, we are somewhat conditioned to believe it is.

Over the course of a couple of hours I realized: being an author is healthy for my peace of mind, perhaps the healthiest career I’ve ever had. Now if only I could find the time to work in physical exercise into my career.

If you are interested in learning more about personality types, I recommend Susan Cain’s timeless book, Quiet.