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The Introvert's Guide to ... Still waters run deep....a place for quiet musing on the quiet life...and the not-so-quiet world of professional work...shhhhh


What's New?

FALL 2013 Training !

How to Bring Out the Hidden Gems of the Introverted Employee

This greater Boston area workshop was designed to be a fun educational day for anyone who either is an introvert or who works with one.

University of New Hampshire Professional Development & Training

Portsmouth/Pease: Thursday, October 10, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 0.6 CEUs, $235, lunch included

Miscellaneous on Introversion and Related Topics

LonerWolf | We Connect The Disconnected This is a fun site with lots of interesting avenues to explore.

Article: Caring for your Introvert

Don't Be Shy Blog

Wiki on Introverts

Career Change for Physicians

third_Evolution - Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians

Psychologist Carl Jung is credited with the first identification of the personality dimensions that include introversion and extraversion with the publication of his book, Psychological Types in 1921.

Jung believed that we function on a continuum of intro/extraversion and that we adapt best when we can move back and forth. Any place on the continuum is healthy. But he also recognized that we have innate preferences. He believed that awareness of the continuum could improve our ability to move on it.

New Book

The Introvert's Guide to Professional Success: How to Let Your Quiet Competence Be Your Career Advantage with a Program to Leverage Your Strengths

Click the cover for more information


Personality Assessment

(I can't speak for the validity of all of these as accurate measures so use your judgment. - JS)

Human Metrics

Know Your Type: Introversion


Over half of communication is visual, more than a third is vocal, while less than ten percent is verbal -- the words we actually say!  This means that our body language, easily seen, is critical.


There are five fundamental dimensions to personality. The fact that extraversion is one of these demonstrates how central the traits of introversion/extraversion are to our make-up. Extraversion is viewed as the degree to which one is outgoing, talkative, sociable, and assertive. By implication, introverts are more retiring, quieter, less sociable, and less assertive.

The other four of the "Big 5" are the degree to which someone is agreeable, conscientious, emotionally stable, and open to experience.  So, while important, introversion is still just part of who we are.



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