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Are You An Introvert?


As a rough guide, you are an introvert if:
You prefer spending time alone or with one or two close friends, especially when tired.
You concentrate best when alone, and often give the impression of being quiet, calm and even mysterious.
You feel that you gain energy and strength from being alone.
Make It Work for You


There are tools you can use to overcome the barriers that introversion can present. How about learning a trick or two from extroverts? Developing slightly more outgoing traits can help you cope “amid the noise and haste” and stand your ground in busy crowds of people. Here are some ways to boost your confidence:
Notice and copy social skills of outgoing people you admire. In time it will come naturally.
Speak out. The more you make your voice heard, the more positive feedback you’ll receive, and the easier it will become.
At parties, try playing the role of the host. Introduce people to each other. Let them begin a conversation that isn’t about you, so you can relax. Ask open-ended rather than closed-ended, yes or no questions.
Develop your networking skills. Use your memory for details to put people at ease and develop friendships.
Don’t put yourself down or make excuses for your shyness. Others usually can relate to feelings of awkwardness, so it’s OK to talk about it.
Above all, don’t let yourself retreat from the world and avoid situations you think you might enjoy. Stay positive and remember you can always leave if it’s becoming a trial.

Your Natural Strengths


As an introvert you may find you have a greater appreciation of subtlety and understatement — talents that, when harnessed, can become great strengths. Taking longer to answer questions is not a personality flaw, but means that you’re making more mental connections and your answers are likely to contain more substance. Extroverts would have to make an effort to think as deeply as you do naturally.

Your self-sufficiency also can be an advantage, as you don’t habitually judge yourself in terms of how others rate you. On the contrary, you are able to focus clearly on your day’s achievements.

Without the pressing need to be sociable or gain attention and approval, you can spend time on relationships and close friendships, which are often more profound than those shared by extroverts.