The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. —Haim Ginott

Einstein said later in life, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Feelings are everywhere—be gentle. —J. Masai

For introverts who have a high level of internal activity, anything coming from the outside raises their intensity level index quickly. It’s kind of like being tickled—the sensation goes from feeling good and fun to “too much” and uncomfortable in a split second.

Having people in different optimal environments increases the chances of survival of the human race as a whole. It is nature's way to preserve her species.

If nature intended us to talk more than listen, she would have given us two mouths and one ear. —ANONYMOUS

If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. —John F. Kennedy

Introverted children may not be as demonstrative as extroverted children. They love and value you, but they may not talk about it as much. Accept your temperament and your child’s. They can’t be changed. Both of you have wonderful qualities to contribute to your family and to the world.

Introverted people who balance their energy have perseverance and the ability to think independently, focus deeply, and work creatively.

It was dimly lit with very few other people—just about my pace of excitement.

Many introverts don't feel as if they know enough about a subject until they know almost everything.

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night. —MARGARET MEAD

Points to Ponder • 75 percent of the world is extroverted. • Being introverted affects all areas of your life. • Nothing is wrong with you. • Introverts feel drained and overstimulated. • Being introverted is something to be celebrated.

The introvert is pressured daily, almost from the moment of awakening, to respond and conform to the outer world.

The second difference between the introvert and the extrovert is how they experience external stimulation. Extroverts like to experience a lot, and introverts like to know a lot about what they experience.

When overstimulated, the introvert’s mind can shut down, saying, No more input, please. It goes dark.

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat any time and be yourself. —Hermann Hesse