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How to care for introverts

December 16, 2014

I wholeheartedly endorse this list of ways to care for introverts (found here):

1. Respect their need for privacy
2. Never embarrass them in public
3. Let them observe first in new situations
4. Give them time to think; don’t demand instant answers
5. Don’t interrupt them
6. Give them advance notice of expected changes in their lives
7. Give them 15 minute warnings to finish whatever they are doing
8. Reprimand them privately
9. Teach them new skills privately
10. Enable them to find one best friend who has similar interests & abilities
11. Don’t push them to make lots of friends
12. Respect their introversion; don’t try to remake them into extroverts

Items 2, 3, and 4 are the most relevant ones for me. Related to this topic, I have been reading the book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. I haven’t gotten too far into it, but what I have read has been excellent and eye opening.

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