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What is an introvert?

Introverts gain energy by being alone. Stimulating environments and social situations are draining for introverts. We can only handle so much before we MUST restore ourselves in solitude.

This is where many people are confused about introversion. It’s not about wanting to avoid people because of shyness, or sadness. Introverts NEED to spend time alone to feel at our best. Plain and simple.

In contrast, extroverts are energized by socializing. They get a buzz from the very activities that overwhelm introverts. When extroverts spend too much time alone, they feel bored and depleted.

Neither personality type is superior, we simply have different needs.

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Introvert: Is Your Voice Attractive? Free Training

We all know introverts are quiet. But that doesn’t mean we always want to stay silent. Sometimes, our voice – the very thing that is meant to help us communicate – prevents connection. If our eyes are the window to the soul, our voice is the doorway.  For introverts, it often feels more like a narrow gate through which words may or may not sneak out. How To Achieve An Attractive Voice Like many introverts, I’ve struggled to achieve my most natural and confident voice. Rather than using my most attractive voice, I made the BIG mistake many introverts make, which actually strained my vocal cords. Since then I’ve learned that achieving an attractive voice is easy when you know a few key secrets. I also see what I was doing wrong. I recognize why I was unknowingly losing energy and confidence by misusing my voice. In this Wednesday’s F-R-E-E webinar, you’ll learn all about the big vocal mistake I was making PLUS the secrets to sounding incredible as an introvert. Charismatic Voice Training For Introverts This Wednesday April 27th at 1pm Pacific, celebrity vocal coach Roger Love and I will teach introverts how to develop undeniable confidence and charisma through the power of the voice. Best of all, we’ll show you how to do it in your own introverted way. In the F-R-E-E Charismatic Voice Training For Introverts webinar, you’ll discover: The big mistake most introverts make with their voice + how to avoid it 3 Simple steps for introverts to develop an irresistibly confident voice Celebrity secrets to sound incredible in your own introverted way How to use your voice... read more

INFJ Door-Slam: Our defence Mechanism

The decision to resort to a Door-Slam is one of the hardest moments an INFJ will ever face. This is our last resort, our absolute limit. When we do it, we don’t look back. At that point, we are done. This is our ultimate defence mechanism. My parents said to me once: “Protect yourself from harm. Always. Help anyone you can, but decide which person is going to be worth your time.” These words still echo inside my head. They find their way to the surface when I am forced to do the INFJ Door Slam. Many INFJ’s will, and quite often have resorted to the Door Slam. Our personality makes us caring, supportive, emotional, and loving. We will move mountains for those we cherish the most. We will swallow our pride. Simply put, we will do everything we can to sustain a friendship or a relationship. But even we have our limits. Crossing the limit A few years ago, I had a friend who was someone I couldn’t imagine living without. She was my biggest support. But as time passed, lies and deceptions began to occur for no particular reason. All of a sudden, I found myself in a toxic friendship that was influencing me in a terrible way … Read The Full Article By Joining Our Free Private INFJ Forum >> Introvert’s Spring’s INFJ Forum INFJs rarely meet one another in the ‘real world’. Become an Introvert Spring INFJ and meet INFJs across the globe. Join our private forum and discuss INFJ problems, solutions, and idiosyncrasies. Start your own discussion topics or join a popular thread. You’ll... read more

Amy Schumer – The Most Surprising Introvert Celebrity

Of all the introvert celebrities who seem anything BUT introverted, Amy Schumer tops the list. In her hit show Inside Amy Schumer, as well as her movie Trainwreck, which she wrote and starred in, Schumer seems like the definition of an extrovert. Amy Schumer is outspoken and refreshingly (and sometimes shockingly) unfiltered. Her Trainwreck costar, Tilda Swinton, described her as an “honesty bomb”. Others say she is just plain crude. One thing that no one would ever describe Amy Schumer as is “introverted”. How could someone with such an over-the-top sense of humour be an introvert? Is Amy Schumer Really An Introvert? The most basic definition of an introvert is someone who gains energy from being alone and loses energy in stimulating environments, such as parties, and crowds. We usually see introvert celebrities, such as Amy Schumer, in the spotlight when they’re ‘getting their extrovert on’. But we forget that most artists – whether they be actors, writers, or musicians – spend a lot of time creating and rehearsing behind the scenes. Many introvert celebrities spend countless hours observing their surroundings for inspiration. Then they close the door so they can open their mind to creative ideas. I imagine that memorizing lines is a solo activity, too. As is composing music, or writing a stand-up routine. Amy Schumer is probably a social introvert. She likes to get out there and mix and mingle when she has the energy, but also needs plenty of alone time to recharge. She is also a confident introvert. Her confidence makes many people assume that she is an extrovert. This is because introversion is often confused with... read more

Michaela Chung Uncensored 2016: 10 Surprising Life Updates 

It’s been almost a year since I wrote my last life update Michaela Chung Uncensored : 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Creator Of Introvert Spring.  A lot has changed since then. So, I figured it’s time to get personal again. The first thing I want to share might sound a little corny. You might not even believe me, but it’s true … I am honestly the happiest I’ve ever been in my life right now. Last year had some really rough patches. I had demons to face, and old, worn out patterns to slay. I’m so happy that I didn’t give up on myself and my vision for my best innie life. I did the work necessary to get to this sweet spot in my journey. By “work”, I don’t mean the 9-5 kind. I’m talking about soul-shaking, heart-wrenching inner work. It is the kind of work I teach my students to do in my introvert courses (yes, I actually practice what I preach). The biggest breakthrough for me in 2016 has been learning to truly and completely love myself. The art of self-love doesn’t always come easily to us introverts. We have years of guilt and shame about our introversion to contend with. As I’ve learned to love myself in both action and thought, the world has reflected love back to me. Like the first flowers of spring, new relationships have blossomed seemingly out of nowhere. Best of all, I feel more at peace with myself than ever. Situations that used to make me hyperventilate don’t phase me because I’ve learned to trust myself. We’ll get to... read more

An Introvert’s Happy Place

I’m writing to you from some place special today. It’s a place that is near and dear to my heart. I’m curled up in a blanket with a hot mug of herbal tea in hand, the ocean within view, and my writing apparatus at my fingertips. In other words, I’m in my happy place. We all know the saying, “happiness is a state of mind”. For introverts, the right environment is key for creating the right state of mind. We need to find our own little introvert friendly happy place. In our happy place, there is probably something soft and cuddly – a blanket, an animal friend, a big comfy couch. there is also likely something that tickles our brain cilia, like music, art supplies, or a pen and paper. Let’s be honest, Netflix is probably accessible, too. We might have a view of nature from our happy place. Perhaps it’s even situated smack dab in the middle of nature – say, under a tree, or on the shores of a private beach. The important thing is that our happy place allows us to retreat from external reality and focus on our internal world. The obstacles to happy No matter where our happy place is located, there are sure to be some obstacles to getting there. Often, the obligation monster creeps up on us the moment we even think of retreating to our happy place. “Oh, but you have too much to do to take a break,” he says. In our culture, we are told that solitude is a sin. Taking time for yourself is unproductive, and therefore, should be... read more

If Introverts Ruled The World (A Fairytale)

My imagination feels like a real person to me. When I’m alone, she keeps me company. We have lots of fun together, me and my Imagination. As you might know, I recently finished writing my book on introverted charisma. Now that I have a bit more headspace, I’ve been exploring fairytales and fiction. With today’s post, I’d like to take you on a journey through an imaginary world where introverts rule supreme. It’s a short and sweet fairytale that I hope will add a little magic to your day. Enjoy. 😃 If Introverts Ruled The World (A Fairytale) Long ago, in a land not so far away, there lived a girl named Inis. Inis was six years old and small, and she liked it that way. It was the ideal age to get into tiny spaces adults were too large to pass through. It was the perfect age to be invisible. Inis could curl up in corners and read for hours. Or frolic through her backyard – which was really an enchanted forrest, or a secret fairy garden, or a majestic ice kingdom, depending on how she felt that day. The imaginary kingdoms Inis created all had a few things in common: In the Land of Inis Slowdon – whether that was a land of dwarves and dragons, or ice princesses and peasants, or giant wizards as tall as trees – words were carefully chosen, and spoken with care. Play did not have to be loud or enthusiastic. All the inhabitants in the land understood that the best games were created and played in one’s imagination. You could sit in... read more

The Best First Date Tips For Introverts

Traditional dating is not an introvert friendly activity. It involves all of the things that we find draining and uncomfortable: conversation as sport, socializing with strangers, physical contact with people we hardly know, going out when we’d rather stay in, eating in front of someone attractive … and the list goes on. Fortunately, dating is a skill that can be learned. It can also be done in such a way that it doesn’t obliterate our introvert energy levels. The reason why many introverts don’t feel like dating is a skill they can master is that a lot of love advisors out there cater to extroverts. Let’s explore a common dating scenario from an introvert’s perspective, and play a little game of what not to do on a first date. See if you can spot where Cyndi and Jake go wrong: What NOT to do on a first date Cyndi has a date with Jake, a guy she met through match.com. She’s excited and nervous because she has high hopes for this one. He seems like perfect boyfriend material. He’s handsome, has a good job as an engineer, and loves animals. Plus it says in his profile that he is looking for a serious relationship. As she gets ready for the date, Cyndi, begins overthinking what they will talk about. She is an introvert, and sometimes doesn’t know what to say . She hopes there won’t be any awkward silences. During the date, Cyndi discovers that Jake is shorter than she imagined. She is disappointed. She also finds out that Jake likes to play hockey twice a week (they are from... read more

Introvert – I notice everything

“Okay, something’s up. What is it?” “What do you mean?” I replied. “I can tell something’s bugging you,” said my friend. “You might as well just tell us what’s wrong. She was right. I was pissed, but I didn’t think anyone had noticed. Heck, I hadn’t even consciously noticed I was miffed until a moment earlier. True to my introverted nature, I had decided to keep quiet about what was bothering me to avoid conflict. I was just going to slap on my neutral face (which many people have told me is hard to read), nibble on my fish tacos and pretend all was right in the world while I secretly stewed. Meanwhile, my friend seemed to be caught up in her conversation with our other friend. How did she pick up on my annoyance so quickly? The observant introvert My friend is an introvert. Like most introverts, she tends to notice things others miss. She could tell the difference between my usual peaceful-quiet-face, and my angry-quiet-face. Dammit. During the year or so that we’ve known one another, I’ve seen that this particular friend notices other things, too. She is the party host who hands you a fresh napkin milliseconds after you thought you might want one. If I go to an event with her, she remembers specific details about most of the guests. For example, if I mention the guy we met who was wearing a blue shirt, she’ll say something like, “You mean the guy in the denim button-up and corduroys? Or the guy in the blue dress shirt and dark jeans?” She observes the world around... read more

Introvert Love – Let’s Be Single Together

For many introverts, the idea of being in a serious relationship stirs feelings of mild anxiety. For others – pure terror. Since introverts need alone time like we need air – or wifi – the thought of “two becoming one” tickles our gag reflex more than we’d like to admit. I thought I was the only one who felt this way about relationships. Once I began doing one-on-one coaching sessions with introverts I discovered I’m not alone in my sentiments. Several of my introverted clients and students admitted that they didn’t want to be in a relationship again. Like, ever. After doing a little digging, I noticed that most of them didn’t want to spend the rest of their lives alone. It’s just that they didn’t want to be in a traditional relationship either. They wanted the love, trust and companionship of a committed relationship, but they also wanted the freedom and ample elbow room that being unattached provides. In other words, they wanted to be “single together” with that special someone. Apparently, there are plenty of others who feel this way. Isabelle Tessier’s article, “I Want To Be Single — But With You” made several rounds of the social media circuit. In the article, which was featured in The Huffington Post, Tessier writes: “I don’t always want to be invited for your evenings out and I don’t always want to invite you to mine. Then I can tell you about it and hear you tell me about yours the next day … I want to live a single life with you. For our couple life, would be the... read more
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Michaela Chung is an introvert author, coach and entrepreneur. Her first book, The Irresistible Introvert will be out July 5th 2016.

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