Reflections on the Rise of the Introvert Movement

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Remember when it was a curse to admit that you were an introvert amid all the judgment you would face? The increasingly popular introvert movement in recent years has raised awareness of the normalcy of introversion. One of the leaders of that movement is Sophia Dembling, author of The Introvert’s Way and most recently Introverts in Love(among a fascinating array of other books); she also pens the Introvert’s Corner blog for Psychology Today. With the advent of more and more books and blogs for and about introverts, we now have a wealth of tips and tools to thrive in a noisy world and are increasingly seen as productive members of the workplace and society. Dembling and I will take this year-end moment to reflect back as well as look forward together on behalf of other introverts.

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About Face: Unleashing Your Inner Basset Hound

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5 Ways to Appear Underconfident—and How to Avoid Them

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​​You’re talented, hard-working, and a valuable asset. So why didn’t you get that great job or coveted promotion? (more…)

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Tame Your Sabotaging Self-Talk – Part 2

Practice Mindfulness Daily

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In the first part of this interview with Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., mindfulness expert and author of The Awakened Introvert, he shares how to be present with your inner chaos. In this second part, he refutes common myths about meditation (e.g., restless minds can’t meditate; a practice of non-attachment results in a zombie-like, passionless life). He also offers helpful tips to engage your “monkey mind” (that internal noise!). (more…)

Tame Your Sabotaging Self-Talk – Part 1

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You may have heard the expression “monkey mind,” which refers to the way that our minds are all over the place. To learn more about how to be present with the inner chaos, I turned to Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., mindfulness expert and author of The Awakened Introvert. Below is the first in a two-part interview in which he shares insights into what a mindfulness practice offers introverts. (more…)

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