Introversion | Extraversion
Everyone's personalities fall on a spectrum of introversion to extraversion.
The value that American culture puts on extraverted traits leaves introverts to be excluded. The solution is not to make introverts more like extraverts, but rather to support introverts to be who they truly are.
Introverts are often reflective, introspective and sensitive. They often use their senses, perceptivity, and intuition to guide them through life. They lead more often from a place of feeling and emotion. As one famous introvert once said, 'I lead from the heart, not the head.'
In young adulthood, as one makes decisions about friendships, community, romantic partners, places to live, and careers - one should take into account one's personality. Introverts generally value close intimate relationships where depth and loyalty can flourish. Introverts also value authenticity and seek to do work which touches the hearts of others.
If you are finding yourself frustrated by a lack of satisfaction in your relationships and/or work, then perhaps, your personality is a mismatch with those around you or the nature of your work. Therapy can be a place to discover your personality strengths and gain the support to build your life in alignment with who you truly are.
In my practice I am particularly sensitive to the needs and preferences of introverts. Introverts shouldn't pretend to be extraverts but rather deserve the support to be who they truly are. Sometimes, this takes great courage in an environment seemingly dominated by extraverts. In therapy you will not be alone on your path to becoming more of you. Your ability to reflect, sense, empathize and defend values is certainly needed in our modern world.