A good day for me is one in which I get some time to myself; to think and just be, with no need to make small talk or smile or make eye contact. I can be alone with my thoughts, quiet and still. Yes, that’s right, I am an introvert. Unlike extroverts, who are energised when around other people, introverts are energised by being alone.
One of my daughters is clearly an extrovert. She has always loved parties and other social occasions where large numbers of people gather. She will seek out contact, and would much rather be playing with others than by herself.
My other daughter seems to take after me. She will be the one hiding under the table at the big party, and often takes herself off into her room if we have a big crowd over. After she has had her time alone, she is happy to join the group. She is not a loner or unfriendly, she just needs this time to recharge the batteries.
People feel special when they are accepted for who they are, whether they are are a rowdy sociable extrovert, or a solitude-seeking introvert. It is our differences that make us all so interesting!
Here is a wonderful TED talk on The Power of Introverts.
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