Introversion: The Often Forgotten Factor Impacting the Gifted
Authors: Jill D. Burruss and Lisa Kaenzig
Citation: From the Virginia Association for the Gifted Newsletter. 1999 Fall 21(1).

You know at least one or perhaps are one: the child who immediately, when he comes home from school, escapes to the privacy of his room for time alone; the speaker who presents beautifully in front of 1200 people but who leaves a few minutes into the social hour because he says he can’t deal with large groups of people; the quiet student who always has a book in hand, commonly plays alone, and whose favorite place is the reading corner; the adult who is vocal and social in a small group of people but who becomes silent and withdrawn if she is made to work in a larger one; the adolescent with only one best friend who lives in another city or state and who is content with that situation; or the individual who when attending a conference or convention can only take so much socializing and hustle and has to retreat to the privacy of her hotel room to ‘re-center’ herself.

Some Characteristics of Introverts

Are territorial – desire private space and time
Are happy to be alone – they can be lonely in a crowd
Become drained around large groups of people; dislike attending parties
Need time alone to recharge
Prefer to work on own rather than do group work
Act cautiously in meeting people
Are reserved, quiet and deliberate
Do not enjoy being the center of attention
Do not share private thoughts with just anyone
Form a few deep attachments
Think carefully before speaking (practice in my head before I speak)
See reflection as very important
Concentrate well and deeply
Become absorbed in thoughts and ideas
Limit their interests but explore deeply
Communicate best one-on-one
Get agitated and irritated without enough time alone or undisturbed
Select activities carefully and thoughtfully

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