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The introvert's guide to social engagement - Harvard Health Blog
Given the choice of interacting with people or watching the new episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot on PBS, well, let's just say I think David Suchet is better company. If you are an introvert like me, you relish your time alone. But we should also understand the dilemma we face when it comes to long-term health.


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An introvert

... is someone who enjoys solitude and focuses more on internal thoughts and feelings. 

Unlike extroverts, who gain energy from social interaction, introverts often expend energy ...


Be who you are

We really do well when we connect with others, even for brief periods. You don't need to change your nature in order to socialize more.

Instead of fighting your personality, work wi...


Find social opportunities that work for you

  • Know your boundaries. Introverts are often not comfortable with uncertainty about when something will end. 
  • Control the setting. If going out is not easy, have peopl...



Introverted vs. extroverted people

If you recover your energy while alone or in quiet surroundings, you’re probably an introverted type of person.

You can experience the benefits of both types when you push yourself to ...

Introverted vs. shy/insecure people

There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert. If you are emotionally unstable, being an introvert can become the biggest enemy of your progress in life.
There’s a big difference between being an introvert and being afraid of public speaking, meeting people and speaking up when necessary. Social anxiety is not introversion, it’s a fear you must face and overcome.

Thinking before speaking and acting

  • Make sure that you speak up when you have something important to say. 
  • Take advantage of your ability to observe other people, the environment you’re in and the energy flow in the room.
  • People will pay more attention to what you say when you do speak up.
  • You probably have the ability to study things better and faster, so when you do say something make sure that it’s an eye-opener.
  • People will trust you more and thus you’ll have access to more privileged information.

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Accept your current situation

If you're fighting against the current of your life, it will be easy to lose track of your happiness.

When you begin to go with the flow and work with what you’ve been given, you’ll find...

Look for the positive side

Even the most difficult situation has a silver lining. When we fail to recognize the positive aspects of the events that happen in our lives and only focus on the negative outcomes or qualities of a certain person or situation, it makes it easier for sadness and doubt to creep into our lives.

Your search for fulfillment

Start taking a look at each area of your life and decide whether or not you feel fulfilled.

In the areas where you feel as though you are lacking, take some time to figure out what may make you feel happier.

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Coping With The Pandemic

People are coping with the Pandemic by adjusting their lives and recreating the activities and places they miss, virtually in the living rooms. Extroverts, introverts and everyone in between are fi...

Too Much At Once

The increased anxiety, short attention spans, irregular sleep patterns and depressing news 24 hours a day turns into additional layers of stress, according to social scientists.

Many have the added activities of homeschooling children or concentrating on remote working, which has its own set of challenges even without the Pandemic.

Virtual Blues

Virtual face-to-face conversations in Google Hangouts, Facetime or Zoom do not carry the relaxed feeling of actual meetings, and instead feel like official, ‘work’ meetings with added stress and an inability to read any body language. It is clear that video chats and phone calls cannot replace a hug and a shared meal in a cozy cafe.

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