As an introvert and recovering co-dependent with this underlying desire to "please" people, there were times where I really felt unsettled and out of control. Here are a few general guidelines that I've found work for me to help maintain a balance between social connection and alone time:
From Albert Einstein to Hollywood actress Emma Watson, introverts have influenced American society in a myriad of significant ways. But schools and work spaces across the United States continue to favor the needs of extroverts over those of introverts.
Where the sex addict seeks to medicate his or her pain with episodes of sexual gratification and acting out, including promiscuity, using porn, exhibitionism or voyeurism, the love addict is more concerned with emotional gratification.
How can we practice being brave without simply resting on the cliches of 'doing something that scares you'? After all, that phrase in itself is a bit scary. How can break down the bravery-muscle-building process into measurable steps?
Currently with the spa industry losing 5-30% of retail revenues from anemic sales it is clear that the time is perfect to try something new. But are the decision makers willing to embrace a brand new viewpoint that is the polar opposite from how they've been operating?
How do you cope with planning an event that is going to make you the centre of attention when you are a self confessed introvert? When you would happily stay at home in your own little world rather than venture out.
Just because I don't smile doesn't mean that I am unhappy. It just means that I am thinking about something that I consider important. It means that I am trying to find some space for myself in a public place.
In Patti Digh's book Creative is a Verb, she describes a time when her husband asked a doctor who had worked with children for 50 years what was his biggest lesson learned about kids. The doctor replied quickly: "Never, never interrupt a child when a child is speaking to you."