Understanding the introverted child

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    (Reprinted with permission by the author. This blog is a repost from September 2015)

    by Lynne Watts, Ed.S


    One of the most common misconceptions about personality styles is the difference between being shy and being an introvert. It's not really the same thing. Shyness is often rooted in fear and anxiety while introversion is a type of personality style that has certain characteristics, most notably the fact that introverts recharge their energy with time alone while extroverts gain energy from time spent with other people. Although shy children typically are also introverts, not all introverts are shy. 

    Introverts are highly observant

    Introverts typically notice and remember details about people and their surroundings. They take time to notice and process what is happening around them.


    Introverts are creative

    Perhaps due to their powers of observation, introverts typically take the information that they observe and create wonderful new ideas. They can think outside of the box and provide a unique perspective on life. For this reason, they often make great writers and artists.


    Introverts are great listeners

    Introverts listen to understand, process and respond with thought and empathy. For this reason, they often make great teachers and counselors because they really tune in to others.


    Introverts are introspective

    Typically introverts are not quick to respond but need time to process information. They spend a lot of time thinking through and analyzing information about themselves and others.


    Introverts are rarely bored

    Introverts are deep thinkers. They are constantly planning and working out their dreams and goals in their head. This can keep them entertained and busy!


    Introverts are loyal friends

    Because introverts are thoughtful observers who value their time alone, they typically choose a select few friends. With their inner circle, they are supportive and loyal through thick and thin.


    Parenting the introvert

    In the past, many parents felt a need to "help" children who were introverts overcome what were seen as deficits. Today, thanks to much research and eye-opening books like Susan Cain's book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, introverts are celebrated for their unique strengths and abilities. Cain concludes her book with a section on advice to parents.


    Lynne Watts, Ed.S. is the author of Wyatt the Wonder Dog Book Series; books with an empowering message for children. As an elementary school counselor for twenty years, she helped children solve hundreds of problems much like the one Wyatt is faced with in the Wyatt series. Through the Wyatt stories and her weekly blog, she hopes to empower many more children to become successful problem solvers and leaders.


    You can follow her blog at wyatthewonderdog.com/

    Lynne Watts, 

    Author, speaker, coach, Wyatt the Wonder Dog Books and Dream Achiever Books

Last Modified on May 12, 2016