Are you an introvert? You’re in good company!

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Are you an introvert? I have a recently been following the tweets  and posts of Susan Cain and I am really looking forward to the release of her book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.  I have long identified myself as an introvert, save for those few years in late adolescence and early adulthood when I did my best to shed those characteristics.


I embrace who I am now and realize that being introspective by nature does not mean I go unnoticed or that I don’t have anything to say. On the contrary, the internet has given me a voice I never knew I had. I know I am not the only one in that club. In fact, it has been suggested that introverts really “get” the social part of social media.


As a therapist who has practiced online for a dozen years, I have often thought that many of my quieter clients really benefit from, and prefer communicating with a therapist via text language- chat or email.  There is a different kind of presence (albeit lacking physicality) that happens when a therapist and client work together online. Many clients have said that being able to reach out  online has been most beneficial because frankly they would rather write it out than talk it through. Reaching out for therapy online is not necessarily an act of avoidance but rather, an opportunity for sincere expression.


And so  I look forward to reading Cain’s new book. I just know her words will dovetail with who I am and what I do. I embrace works that further the introvert’s cause! I’ve pre-ordered the book! Have you?

2 Responses to “Are you an introvert? You’re in good company!”

  • Enjoyed your post. As an LCSW (in Northern NJ) and fellow introvert I appreciate the tip on the book.

    I also follow yoru tweets .

    Thanks
    Debra

  • Thank you for talking about this topic. I think that we forget to value our world’s introverts. They can come across as apathetic and self-absorbed, but this is not the fault of introversion as much as it is our cultural perception on this personality.

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