Introverts and the Office.

 

As long as I've been alive, I've been told that I'm a big talker/big feeler and in many ways that made alot of sense. The MBTI told me I was an ENFP which definitely made alot of sense in my younger years. I was always the idiot bringing donuts on someone's birthday, planning nights out with colleagues, or trying to recover emotionally from some failed effort toward an outcome that was never really in my hands anyway.

But the last few years I've been feeling something else. I think...I'm...an I. As in...I think I'm actually an INTROVERT.  I've been reading Susan Cain's Quiet book and following her website The Power of Introverts and...it's really kind of me. I do need to recover after social outings. I hate small talk. I prefer social events that involve very small groups. I don't like conflict. I love working on my own. I love weekends with absolutely nothing scheduled.

It's not to say I'm completely anti-social. Of course not. But there's been some freedom in realizing that I enjoy the small stuff. Perhaps all those years of planning events were about something else - wanting to make sure a person felt cared for - which can be done in many different ways. I'd like to re-take the MBTI and see what it comes up with.

Finding quiet space in an office environment is a real challenge for anyone, but it exhausts the introvert on an entirely different level. Really, the origin of the aromatherapy mood sprays I sell came from my own work-related stresses. So when I came across this article today, An Introvert's Guide to Surviving (and Thriving) in the Workplace by Carolyn Gregoire I thought I'd share it. For all the introverts who may be out there...

And by the way, you can purchase the famous Ostrich Pillow right here.

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