World Introvert Day: 5 Ways to Live With An Introvert

Yes, the spotlight now is clearly on New Years Day and how it’s going to be the start of new beginnings, but a little known day comes just after the first of January which is in fact World Introvert Day.

A day to celebrate our friends and family who are the quiet ones and rarely the life of the party; World Introvert Day started when psychologist and author Felicitas Heyne published a blog post calling for a day for us quiet ones that are comfortable being out of the spotlight.

In a noisy world, those who are quiet are often overlooked, hence, a day to celebrate their uniqueness seems only fitting. In a bid to understand those who are less vocal and outgoing, here are five ways to live with introverts.

1) Accept

Even when you don’t understand their whys and whats, understand that people are different from you and that you can’t expect everyone to be out and about as you are. Nonetheless, introverts still want to feel welcome and you should do so in a way that isn’t too overwhelming.

2) Observe

Introverts pay extra attention to verbal and non-verbal cues around them, you should too. When coming on an introvert in a conversation, observe if they are too overwhelmed by you or if they are in anyway uncomfortable with the attention by noticing the various verbal and non-verbal cues they are sending out.

3) Space

Introverts love their space and have personal boundaries to wherever they go. Respect this by not pursuing or pushing them into a conversation or event that they don’t want to be at.

4) Spend time together wisely

Introverts aren’t the ones for pointless get togethers where the music is so loud that talking is almost impossible. When gathering with an introvert, keep things small and simple while avoiding places that could be too overwhelming for their sense; instead, opt for settings that allows conversation and space for introverts to simply be themselves.

5) Solitude time is essential

Every now and then, introverts would have to crawl up into their cave to recharge for the next big function. When your initiatives to gather together happen to get rejected more than usual, don’t insist and just give it time as you’d see them once more, whenever they’re easy to step out into the world again.

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