A Voice for Introverts

It has been a pretty fascinating development on how the internet has provided introverts a great platform to share their voices. There are A LOT of posts and articles out there about introverts. Some information has made me feel somewhat uncomfortable.  I have read articles almost seeming to ‘attack’ extroverts and/or making the introvert a superior type of person. I have come across writings that make the introvert seem absolutely unapproachable. Then there are the articles that make me think, ‘Isn’t this human nature? Don’t most people feel this way?’. So I am very picky when it comes to reading information related to introverts.

As a result, I want to share a book review that gives a nice work+Life fit to the idea of giving the introvert a voice.  I first heard Morra Aarons-Mele interviewed on the podcast, Extreme Productivity by Kevin Kruse. Her book entitled, Hiding in the Bathroom, described my exact actions as a Speech Pathologist in my first year! I ended up at a school that had not had good SLP support and so there were SOOO many questions from teachers – that I didn’t feel qualified to answer. Ergo, I found myself hiding in the bathroom to avoid some of those questions.

I thought her book gave such a good description in accepting yourself as you are, her own personal struggles, and how to put yourself out there. Even if you aren’t attempting to run a business, I thought it had some really interesting perspectives.

Here are few I really enjoyed:

‘Now that I’ve realized my anxiety is apart of who I am, and that, rather than fight it all the time, I embrace what it gives me, like excellent people skills, empathy, and drive”

‘Don’t think of crying in the bathroom as hiding – think of it as an opportunity to tune into what the crying is telling you’

‘Love your hermit self, but remember it’s not your entire self”

‘Just because your vision seems less ambitious than the stereotypical business powerhouse, doesn’t mean you can take it less seriously’

‘…kindness, caring, and pride in your work is one of the most powerful tools.’

‘…you should take as much pride in a teeny, low-paying, low-profile project as you do a a major one – and treat the client the same’

‘….bathroom hiders, counter intuitively, actually have a great advantage in negotiations, since we’re strongly attuned to both others and ourselves…’

‘Introversion, anxiety, and hiding in the bathroom are not weaknesses’

Have your read this book? What did you think?

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