Finding your voice as an introvert

Because introverts are quiet, some people assume we have nothing to say.  Perhaps they think we’re shallow, thoughtless, or even dumb.  They couldn’t be more wrong.

Introverts have rich inner worlds alive with thoughts and ideas. Click to tweet.

We are capable of great imagination and creativity.  The confusion lies in the fact that we introverts often have difficulty expressing ourselves in conversation.  For this reason, it’s important for us to find other means of self-expression.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Writing

Most introverts are far better at conveying their thoughts in writing than in conversation.  Writing, in all its forms, allows time to think.

This is important for introverts, who think before they speak, in contrast to extroverts, who think as they speak.  Click to tweet.

Public Speaking

This might not seem like an introvert activity, but hear me out.  When you give a speech or presentation, you plan and rehearse what you are going to say.  You have plenty of time to think about the topic.  This is an ideal scenario for introverts.

The other plus is that a speech is not a conversation.  Most of the time you are not directly interacting with your audience.  No one is going to change the subject or interrupt you.  For many introverts, this is refreshing to say the least.

Visual Art

Painting, drawing, photography, crafting (I know I’m using the term ‘visual art’ quite generally here) – all these are powerful forms of self-expression.  And the great thing is that introverts often excel at them.

These activities are best done solo.  They also require a great amount of focus and patience – the shining attributes of an introvert.

Remember, you don’t need permission or a fancy degree to make art.

As Picasso once said,“Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up.” Click to tweet.

Until very recently, I had not drawn since adolescence.  Now I take great pleasure in creating the cartoons for this blog.  As they say, a picture speaks louder than a thousand words.

Performing

Again, this seems like an activity reserved for extroverts, but it is not. Some of the greatest actors, dancers and musicians are introverts.  Here are some of the reasons introverts make great performers:

  • Like public speaking, a performance is usually premeditated and rehearsed.
  • The audience is there to give you energy, rather than take it away.
  • Most performances are short so they will not deplete your precious energy reserves.
  • The aspect of role-play allows you to do things you would never do in real life.

As a competitive salsa dancer, I have performed countless times in front of audiences great and small.  People who see me dance can’t believe I’m an introvert because of the persona I project on stage and on the dance floor.  I enjoy it because they are seeing a side of me that I don’t feel comfortable expressing in most situations.

So, if you’ve ever dreamed of being a great writer or artist, or if you’ve heard the stage calling your name, I encourage you to heed the call.

It’s time to tell the world who you are with more than words. Click to tweet.

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2 Comments

  1. Dear Michaela,
    I am delighted to have found your blog! At an advanced age, I find your insights enlightening and ‘lightening’, meaning that they lighten my innie spirit. At last, a kindred spirit! I am married to a loyal and dogged extrovert who is constantly exhorting me to get out more, especially to mega-stimulating, people-filled places. Your writings are giving me the understanding to be strong in communicating when this is not what I need. Btw, saw ‘the Imitation Game’ yesterday – a really outstanding portrayal by Benedict Cumberbatch of a brilliant ‘innie’! Highly recommended!

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    • Hi Margaret! Thanks you for your kind words. I’m so happy that the blog has been helpful to you. I understand the struggle of having a partner who doesn’t get your innie needs, though they might sincerely try. You can always send him here, and maybe he’ll start to get it. And thanks for the recommendation 😉

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