I found a link to fabulous article, "caring for your introvert", on Brad Feld’s blog post entitled how to take care of your introvert. This article really hit home. I cannot express how exhausted I was when I first became the acting director of my research institute back in the fall of 2005. I could not have predicted how physically and mentally exhausting it was for me to spend full days simply talking to people. Hi. My name is Cathy, I am an introvert. I can spend hours or days alone and not feel lonely or bored. I need this down time to recharge and recover enough to simply spend a day or three interacting with other people. Now, a more than year in this position, like training for a marathon, I have built up my stamina for interacting with people. I can interact with more people for longer periods of time without having the urgent need to sit quietly alone. It is still a workout. Unlike natural extroverts, this does not energize or inspire me. But now, at least, I can do it. However, I still treat it like a game, much like putting on make-up for an evening out. It doesn’t seem quite real and is hard work. I cherish my weekends more than ever so that I can simply be quiet. To not talk. To not interact. Ahhh.
If you have in introvert in your life, please, go read this article; print it; read it again. Your introvert will thank you.