Group for those who are Introverted and those of us who are Loners. Someone who doesn't need other people around them to validate their own existence.
(Sent this as a message by mistake. Sorry about that!)
I was talking to a friend yesterday about this. Her husband is also an introvert and lives in his head like you'd expect. He is an artist, he is helping set up a museum, he works in a political capacity so he must be abreast of news, and that's what he spends his time on. When dealing with the kids he is extremely abrupt and uncompassionate of their age and abilities. He has little patience, he is demanding, he tends to bully or use drama to get his way. He feels his role in the family is to make lots of money to keep everyone happy, and go paint or something and let the wife handle the details.
Problem is, he says over and over this is who he is, he likes who he is, and he doesn't want to change who he is.
Now I can understand the idea of being impatient with the stupid, I feel the same thing. But that aspect of my personality is not good for me, it serves to actually prevent me from succeeding. I think the smart introvert acknowledges his or her nature, but then resolves to overcome that nature, through whatever means necessary.
For me, in this case, I always remind myself to be more patient, to pleasantly repeat myself, to offer multiple explanations worded differently, etc.
What are some ways you find your introverted nature limits you or hampers your success, and how do you deal with it?