In honor of World Introvert Day (Jan 2), and January being NAPO’s Get Organized & Be Productive (GO) Month, I’m organizing all my introverted blog posts here in one place for you.
Why are we celebrating introverts? Here’s an easy-to-read, not-very-long Psychology Today article I like about that: 12 Reasons to Celebrate Introverts. Take a look — some of the reasons may surprise you and make you appreciate the introverts in your life more. If you are an introvert it may even make you appreciate yourself more!
Introversion and COVID
I originally published this post in 2019, when I became aware of World Introvert Day. In 2021 I updated it to include the post I wrote in March 2020 about Social Distancing. As the COVID-19 pandemic wore on, that post started to seem woefully inadequate — almost laughable — to me.
Who could have known what the rest of that year, and the next one, had in store for us? Sure, we introverts enjoy spending time alone, but even introverts need hugs sometimes, and like to be around people on their own terms! And who wants their solitude to be overlaid with health concerns, financial uncertainty, grief, loneliness, families with cabin fever, civil unrest, and political shenanigans?
I’ve written a number of other posts about the pandemic since March 2020, and the one on Social Distancing barely scratches the surface of what might, in hindsight, be considered WORLD INTROVERT YEAR. Many extraverts were restless during lockdowns, to be sure, but I’ve also heard from folks who realized they were more introverted than formerly suspected. I’ve acknowledged that, in many ways, we’re all in different boats, weathering the same storm.
By now the Introvert Retreat website, for which I originally wrote most of the posts, has been closed. (This decision was unrelated to COVID, although everyone’s priorities have probably shifted in some way or another as a result.) Many thanks to Janet Barclay, the former owner of Introvert Retreat, with whom I’ve had a variety of (virtual, introverted) collaborations over the years!
Celebrating Introverts (list of blog posts)
Are you an introvert?
Or, are you interested in understanding the introverts in your life?
What are your introvert-specific challenges?
What is your introvert superpower?
How are you celebrating introverts today? (Staying home alone with your kitties and reading a good book in front of a cozy fire counts!)
What are your favorite introvert-specific resources?
Please let me know by leaving a comment below!
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