My Introvert Story: How I Let Go of Negative Stereotypes to Accept Myself

Being an introvert isn’t a limitation, it’s a strength

Karina
ILLUMINATION

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Forget the stereotypes; being an introvert isn’t a limitation but a distinctive advantage, and here is my story of how I learned that.

Let’s start with specifying what introversion actually is:

What is introversion?

The term was first used by psychiatrist Carl Jung in 1909 and was described in more detail in his book “Personality Types” in 1921.

Summarized, Jung wrote that an introvert feels lonely and lost in large gatherings and doesn’t love enthusiastic get-togethers. An introvert is doing it his own way and can appear awkward.

Jung wrote that self-communing is a pleasure for introverts. Their own world is a safe harbor, a walled-in garden closed to the public. And they also don’t get convinced by public opinion or crowds.

Introversion shouldn’t be mistaken for shyness. The latter is coming from distress or bad experiences. Introversion is a preference.

Just like every human is different, every introvert is different too.

There is a wide range from extroverts to introverts, and you don’t have to be super extroverted or super…

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Karina
ILLUMINATION

Introvert. Writing about my strategies from lessons learned about self-growth and productivity. Get my guide: karina-ahrer.com/boost-your-productivity/