Why it’s okay to be an introvert

We often praise teamwork and prefer the life-of-the-party to the loner.

But Susan Cain, writing in an article in the January 29, 2012, issue of The Dallas Morning News, reminds us that being an introvert can offer some distinct advantages. Cain is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

Introverts are comfortable working alone, and solitude is a catalyst to innovation, Cain says. In fact, this author concludes: “Brainstorming sessions are one of the worst possible ways to stimulate creativity.”

Why? People in groups tend to sit back and let others do the work. They often are influenced by what others think.

There are big advantages to working alone without interruptions, Cain emphasizes. “People whose work is interrupted make 50 percent more mistakes and take twice as long to finish it.”

The secret, of course, is finding the right balance. Whether we’re introverts or extroverts, we all need to work alone sometimes—and to work with others sometimes, too. And, we all need to figure out ways to keep interruptions to the minimum.

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3 Responses to “Why it’s okay to be an introvert”

  1. Mary Hunter February 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting author.

    And I think she’s completely right — interruptions can really slow down productivity.

    About the brainstorming, I don’t know. In some situations you probably get more creativity in groups, while in other situations it might be best letting individuals work alone.

    ~Mary

    • Resolute_Woman February 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

      You\’re right. Sometimes I think we need to think about whether we would be more productive and creative working with a team or working by ourselves.
      Joy

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