9. They approach the workplace differently.
Introverts are typically averse to open office plans and sometimes can experience challenges navigating an ideal working environment. Finding quiet spaces, only attending crucial meetings and having routine check-ins with co-workers can help ease those office roadblocks, according to Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking.
“I tend to shrink back in work meetings where multiple people are brainstorming out loud, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the topic being discussed or that I’m not paying attention,” explained reader Marisa Hoheb Fedele on Facebook. “I just need some quiet alone time to mull over my thoughts before I present them to a crowd.”
10. They’re not the biggest fans of phone calls.
When looking for a technology-driven conversation, opt for a typed message (bonus: there’s even a set of texting emoji on the horizon made specifically for the personality type). Out-of-the-blue phone conversations tend to feel intrusive to introverts, which may result in them screening your call.
“Talking on the phone can be a form of torture. I choose to engage via text or chat for a reason,” said reader Cindy Spreg on Facebook. “Please don’t take offense that I’ll text you back rather than call you. It’s not you, it’s me!”
11. Surprise birthday gatherings are the worst.
Big parties where introverts are the center of attention = A big no-no.
“I do NOT want a large birthday party!” reader Jackie George explained on Facebook. “I’d much rather have my few close friends for a quiet evening of games, wine and conversation than have a room full of people I barely know centered around me. Ack!”
12. They have an intuitive nature.
Introverts tend to be in tune with their surroundings, and as a result they may pick up on subtleties of conversations and moods that their louder counterparts may not notice.
“Introverts are very observant,” explained reader Cora Donnell on Facebook. “If we don’t like your friends it’s because we can see through their act.”
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