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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk with Jenn Granneman of about introvert problems and some of the unique struggles they face.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • We live in the most over-communicated time period in history.
  • There are challenges introverts face.
  • Introverts are unready for conversations because they need to gather their thoughts first.
  • Introverts need to get alone time and recharge after socializing for too long.
  • Introvert, Dear – is a community and blog for introverts and highly sensitive people.
  • What’s the science behind why introverts feel challenges? What are the challenges introverts are experiencing and what’s the science behind those challenges?
  • Word retrieval. Happens when you’re looking for just the right word to communicate your thoughts. Introverts tend to use long-term memory and (using a longer pathway to their brain than extroverts do). Extroverts rely more on working memory (short-term memory).
  • Give yourself permission to collect your thoughts, relax and try to make yourself feel as comfortable as you can (even let you mind wander in the moment).
  • In general, Introverts don’t feel understood by the people around them. There’s a real need for introverts to be understood.
  • A lot of Introverts carry an emotional baggage.
  • Alone time for introverts – how helpful and necessary is alone time for introverts? Alone time gives introverts the energy to face the outside again.
  • Getting enough extraverted time – Have a good balance of alone time and extraverted time, making sure that you don’t shut yourself away from the outside world.
  • Take ownership of your needs. Set proper expectations with the people who you know.
  • It may be challenging especially if there are a lot of people who rely on your presence but remember that before you can help other, you need to help yourself first and attend to your needs.
  • All introverts need something slightly different. The more resistance you get from the outside world, the more you need to fight for your right to do that.
  • Checkout out Introvert, Dear’s Facebook group and website.

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  • Barry Jennings
    • Barry Jennings
    • November 13, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    I am picking up on the telephone conversation. I think the disdain for telephonic communication isn’t always about the communication, but the invasion of the space with no notice. There are many references to INFJs being able to control their distractions. You can’t do this with a telephone. I don’t make telephone calls out of respect of not knowing if the time is right or not. During the flow of a conversation, it is relatively easy to keep in touch with the emotional cues of the tone of voice, background noise, and the specific use of vocabulary. Thanks for entertaining, just another perspective.

  • Sarah Turco
    • Sarah Turco
    • January 17, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    I liked the part of this podcast where you talked about misunderstandings between introverts and extroverts, or even two different types of introverts. I’ve come to a place in my life where my extroverted friends have pretty accepting of my need to be alone and relax sometimes. In fact, I’m having much more trouble with one of my introverted friends from college that I reconnected with recently. She wants to communicate with me 24/7, and that’s just way too much pressure for me. It just goes to show that extroverts aren’t always the bad guys.

  • Mark Caudill
    • Mark Caudill
    • November 22, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Hey guy’s, this was a great podcast for a lot of reasons, it is good to hear another introvert talk about the struggles of being an introvert and how they deal with their struggles in their own life. Especially someone like Jenn who has built a successful introvert community here online. Jenn is a good role model for us and to hear her being interviewed and discussing our challenges in life is inspirational. Thanks for what you do and how you do it.

  • kristin
    • kristin
    • October 21, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    word retrieval! definitely one of my biggest struggles as an introvert and hsp. at a parenting book club yesterday, the leader put me on the spot by saying, “Kristin, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this book since you told me it was life-changing for you and you’re hoping to one day go into this field of study.” My fight or flight kicked it, I stared like a deer in headlights, then went on to give a rather bumbling response, complete with stuttering. I was then interrupted by an eloquent extrovert in the group who hadn’t even read the chapter. yet she sounded so confident and secure.

    i was discouraged and semi-obsessive about it for the rest of the day- how can i be so passionate about this book, yet be unable to express my thoughts about it to a group of perfectly nice moms? i even woke up in the middle of the night replaying it over and over.

    this podcast brought me a huge amount of peace. i’m not alone. there are reasons i am the way i am. i have a lot of strengths, but impromptu speaking is just not one of them.

  • Randy Caba
    • Randy Caba
    • September 24, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    One for the Introvert Library for sure! It will be a wonderful day when humanity is more aware, understanding and accepting of our differing individual qualities… hopefully and especially more wonderful for children.

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