Tag Archive: Introversion

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






The Friendship Challenge: First Steps

Part two in a series of posts about making new friends as an adult. Click here for part one.  Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly begun working on how to go about making some new friends. My first task was simple: whom do I want to meet? Some people are most comfortable hanging out with…






But I Like My Shell!

It’s been a hot, muggy July here in Toronto so far. My lungs aren’t a fan of breathing oven air so I’ve been absorbing this book. Introverts, I’m sure you know how this conversation goes: “You’re so quiet!” “Yes.” “Is everything okay?” “Yes.” “Don’t you want to come out of your shell?” “No.” *tap, tap, tap*…






5 Ways to Get Quiet People to Speak Up

Visitors, you’re on a roll here! Recently someone found this blog by searching for this: How [do you] get quiet people to speak up?   1. Figure out their passion in life. For example, I love science fiction, hiking, and late nineteenth to mid twentieth century American and Canadian history. When I find someone who knows…






When Words Are a Feast or a Famine

Is rain in the forecast for today? Hey, I didn’t know swans lived in Ontario! Have you had your tea yet?  Let’s go for a walk. Drew smiled.  What? Am I talking too much? Smile.  You know I only operate on two different speeds. Tomorrow I’ll probably grow silent again so enjoy this while you…






Thursday Challenge: Listen Twice, Speak Once

 A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends… Click here for the rest of the tale. Almost everyone who has…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






9 Ways to Recharge Your Energy

Labels are tricky things. They can quickly communicate an identity or complicated set of ideas in a word or phrase. They can also box us into roles that only sometimes actually fit. Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was…






Beyond Us and Them

I’ve been (re)reading a variety of blog posts and articles recently about how introverts and extroverts interact with one another. Some sites made lists of things extroverts should know about introverts or talked about how to best relate to a spouse, family member or workmate who was at the opposite end of the spectrum from…






Tag Archive: Introversion

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






The Friendship Challenge: First Steps

Part two in a series of posts about making new friends as an adult. Click here for part one.  Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly begun working on how to go about making some new friends. My first task was simple: whom do I want to meet? Some people are most comfortable hanging out with…






But I Like My Shell!

It’s been a hot, muggy July here in Toronto so far. My lungs aren’t a fan of breathing oven air so I’ve been absorbing this book. Introverts, I’m sure you know how this conversation goes: “You’re so quiet!” “Yes.” “Is everything okay?” “Yes.” “Don’t you want to come out of your shell?” “No.” *tap, tap, tap*…






5 Ways to Get Quiet People to Speak Up

Visitors, you’re on a roll here! Recently someone found this blog by searching for this: How [do you] get quiet people to speak up?   1. Figure out their passion in life. For example, I love science fiction, hiking, and late nineteenth to mid twentieth century American and Canadian history. When I find someone who knows…






When Words Are a Feast or a Famine

Is rain in the forecast for today? Hey, I didn’t know swans lived in Ontario! Have you had your tea yet?  Let’s go for a walk. Drew smiled.  What? Am I talking too much? Smile.  You know I only operate on two different speeds. Tomorrow I’ll probably grow silent again so enjoy this while you…






Thursday Challenge: Listen Twice, Speak Once

 A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends… Click here for the rest of the tale. Almost everyone who has…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






9 Ways to Recharge Your Energy

Labels are tricky things. They can quickly communicate an identity or complicated set of ideas in a word or phrase. They can also box us into roles that only sometimes actually fit. Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was…






Beyond Us and Them

I’ve been (re)reading a variety of blog posts and articles recently about how introverts and extroverts interact with one another. Some sites made lists of things extroverts should know about introverts or talked about how to best relate to a spouse, family member or workmate who was at the opposite end of the spectrum from…






Tag Archive: Introversion

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






The Friendship Challenge: First Steps

Part two in a series of posts about making new friends as an adult. Click here for part one.  Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly begun working on how to go about making some new friends. My first task was simple: whom do I want to meet? Some people are most comfortable hanging out with…






But I Like My Shell!

It’s been a hot, muggy July here in Toronto so far. My lungs aren’t a fan of breathing oven air so I’ve been absorbing this book. Introverts, I’m sure you know how this conversation goes: “You’re so quiet!” “Yes.” “Is everything okay?” “Yes.” “Don’t you want to come out of your shell?” “No.” *tap, tap, tap*…






5 Ways to Get Quiet People to Speak Up

Visitors, you’re on a roll here! Recently someone found this blog by searching for this: How [do you] get quiet people to speak up?   1. Figure out their passion in life. For example, I love science fiction, hiking, and late nineteenth to mid twentieth century American and Canadian history. When I find someone who knows…






When Words Are a Feast or a Famine

Is rain in the forecast for today? Hey, I didn’t know swans lived in Ontario! Have you had your tea yet?  Let’s go for a walk. Drew smiled.  What? Am I talking too much? Smile.  You know I only operate on two different speeds. Tomorrow I’ll probably grow silent again so enjoy this while you…






Thursday Challenge: Listen Twice, Speak Once

 A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends… Click here for the rest of the tale. Almost everyone who has…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






9 Ways to Recharge Your Energy

Labels are tricky things. They can quickly communicate an identity or complicated set of ideas in a word or phrase. They can also box us into roles that only sometimes actually fit. Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was…






Beyond Us and Them

I’ve been (re)reading a variety of blog posts and articles recently about how introverts and extroverts interact with one another. Some sites made lists of things extroverts should know about introverts or talked about how to best relate to a spouse, family member or workmate who was at the opposite end of the spectrum from…






Tag Archive: Introversion

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






The Friendship Challenge: First Steps

Part two in a series of posts about making new friends as an adult. Click here for part one.  Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly begun working on how to go about making some new friends. My first task was simple: whom do I want to meet? Some people are most comfortable hanging out with…






But I Like My Shell!

It’s been a hot, muggy July here in Toronto so far. My lungs aren’t a fan of breathing oven air so I’ve been absorbing this book. Introverts, I’m sure you know how this conversation goes: “You’re so quiet!” “Yes.” “Is everything okay?” “Yes.” “Don’t you want to come out of your shell?” “No.” *tap, tap, tap*…






5 Ways to Get Quiet People to Speak Up

Visitors, you’re on a roll here! Recently someone found this blog by searching for this: How [do you] get quiet people to speak up?   1. Figure out their passion in life. For example, I love science fiction, hiking, and late nineteenth to mid twentieth century American and Canadian history. When I find someone who knows…






When Words Are a Feast or a Famine

Is rain in the forecast for today? Hey, I didn’t know swans lived in Ontario! Have you had your tea yet?  Let’s go for a walk. Drew smiled.  What? Am I talking too much? Smile.  You know I only operate on two different speeds. Tomorrow I’ll probably grow silent again so enjoy this while you…






Thursday Challenge: Listen Twice, Speak Once

 A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends… Click here for the rest of the tale. Almost everyone who has…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






9 Ways to Recharge Your Energy

Labels are tricky things. They can quickly communicate an identity or complicated set of ideas in a word or phrase. They can also box us into roles that only sometimes actually fit. Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was…






Beyond Us and Them

I’ve been (re)reading a variety of blog posts and articles recently about how introverts and extroverts interact with one another. Some sites made lists of things extroverts should know about introverts or talked about how to best relate to a spouse, family member or workmate who was at the opposite end of the spectrum from…






Tag Archive: Introversion

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






The Friendship Challenge: First Steps

Part two in a series of posts about making new friends as an adult. Click here for part one.  Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly begun working on how to go about making some new friends. My first task was simple: whom do I want to meet? Some people are most comfortable hanging out with…






But I Like My Shell!

It’s been a hot, muggy July here in Toronto so far. My lungs aren’t a fan of breathing oven air so I’ve been absorbing this book. Introverts, I’m sure you know how this conversation goes: “You’re so quiet!” “Yes.” “Is everything okay?” “Yes.” “Don’t you want to come out of your shell?” “No.” *tap, tap, tap*…






5 Ways to Get Quiet People to Speak Up

Visitors, you’re on a roll here! Recently someone found this blog by searching for this: How [do you] get quiet people to speak up?   1. Figure out their passion in life. For example, I love science fiction, hiking, and late nineteenth to mid twentieth century American and Canadian history. When I find someone who knows…






When Words Are a Feast or a Famine

Is rain in the forecast for today? Hey, I didn’t know swans lived in Ontario! Have you had your tea yet?  Let’s go for a walk. Drew smiled.  What? Am I talking too much? Smile.  You know I only operate on two different speeds. Tomorrow I’ll probably grow silent again so enjoy this while you…






Thursday Challenge: Listen Twice, Speak Once

 A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends… Click here for the rest of the tale. Almost everyone who has…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






9 Ways to Recharge Your Energy

Labels are tricky things. They can quickly communicate an identity or complicated set of ideas in a word or phrase. They can also box us into roles that only sometimes actually fit. Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was…






Beyond Us and Them

I’ve been (re)reading a variety of blog posts and articles recently about how introverts and extroverts interact with one another. Some sites made lists of things extroverts should know about introverts or talked about how to best relate to a spouse, family member or workmate who was at the opposite end of the spectrum from…






Tag Archive: Introversion

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






The Friendship Challenge: First Steps

Part two in a series of posts about making new friends as an adult. Click here for part one.  Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly begun working on how to go about making some new friends. My first task was simple: whom do I want to meet? Some people are most comfortable hanging out with…






But I Like My Shell!

It’s been a hot, muggy July here in Toronto so far. My lungs aren’t a fan of breathing oven air so I’ve been absorbing this book. Introverts, I’m sure you know how this conversation goes: “You’re so quiet!” “Yes.” “Is everything okay?” “Yes.” “Don’t you want to come out of your shell?” “No.” *tap, tap, tap*…






5 Ways to Get Quiet People to Speak Up

Visitors, you’re on a roll here! Recently someone found this blog by searching for this: How [do you] get quiet people to speak up?   1. Figure out their passion in life. For example, I love science fiction, hiking, and late nineteenth to mid twentieth century American and Canadian history. When I find someone who knows…






When Words Are a Feast or a Famine

Is rain in the forecast for today? Hey, I didn’t know swans lived in Ontario! Have you had your tea yet?  Let’s go for a walk. Drew smiled.  What? Am I talking too much? Smile.  You know I only operate on two different speeds. Tomorrow I’ll probably grow silent again so enjoy this while you…






Thursday Challenge: Listen Twice, Speak Once

 A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends… Click here for the rest of the tale. Almost everyone who has…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






9 Ways to Recharge Your Energy

Labels are tricky things. They can quickly communicate an identity or complicated set of ideas in a word or phrase. They can also box us into roles that only sometimes actually fit. Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was…






Beyond Us and Them

I’ve been (re)reading a variety of blog posts and articles recently about how introverts and extroverts interact with one another. Some sites made lists of things extroverts should know about introverts or talked about how to best relate to a spouse, family member or workmate who was at the opposite end of the spectrum from…






Tag Archive: Introversion

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






The Friendship Challenge: First Steps

Part two in a series of posts about making new friends as an adult. Click here for part one.  Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly begun working on how to go about making some new friends. My first task was simple: whom do I want to meet? Some people are most comfortable hanging out with…






But I Like My Shell!

It’s been a hot, muggy July here in Toronto so far. My lungs aren’t a fan of breathing oven air so I’ve been absorbing this book. Introverts, I’m sure you know how this conversation goes: “You’re so quiet!” “Yes.” “Is everything okay?” “Yes.” “Don’t you want to come out of your shell?” “No.” *tap, tap, tap*…






5 Ways to Get Quiet People to Speak Up

Visitors, you’re on a roll here! Recently someone found this blog by searching for this: How [do you] get quiet people to speak up?   1. Figure out their passion in life. For example, I love science fiction, hiking, and late nineteenth to mid twentieth century American and Canadian history. When I find someone who knows…






When Words Are a Feast or a Famine

Is rain in the forecast for today? Hey, I didn’t know swans lived in Ontario! Have you had your tea yet?  Let’s go for a walk. Drew smiled.  What? Am I talking too much? Smile.  You know I only operate on two different speeds. Tomorrow I’ll probably grow silent again so enjoy this while you…






Thursday Challenge: Listen Twice, Speak Once

 A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends… Click here for the rest of the tale. Almost everyone who has…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






9 Ways to Recharge Your Energy

Labels are tricky things. They can quickly communicate an identity or complicated set of ideas in a word or phrase. They can also box us into roles that only sometimes actually fit. Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was…






Beyond Us and Them

I’ve been (re)reading a variety of blog posts and articles recently about how introverts and extroverts interact with one another. Some sites made lists of things extroverts should know about introverts or talked about how to best relate to a spouse, family member or workmate who was at the opposite end of the spectrum from…






Tag Archive: Introversion

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






The Friendship Challenge: First Steps

Part two in a series of posts about making new friends as an adult. Click here for part one.  Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly begun working on how to go about making some new friends. My first task was simple: whom do I want to meet? Some people are most comfortable hanging out with…






But I Like My Shell!

It’s been a hot, muggy July here in Toronto so far. My lungs aren’t a fan of breathing oven air so I’ve been absorbing this book. Introverts, I’m sure you know how this conversation goes: “You’re so quiet!” “Yes.” “Is everything okay?” “Yes.” “Don’t you want to come out of your shell?” “No.” *tap, tap, tap*…






5 Ways to Get Quiet People to Speak Up

Visitors, you’re on a roll here! Recently someone found this blog by searching for this: How [do you] get quiet people to speak up?   1. Figure out their passion in life. For example, I love science fiction, hiking, and late nineteenth to mid twentieth century American and Canadian history. When I find someone who knows…






When Words Are a Feast or a Famine

Is rain in the forecast for today? Hey, I didn’t know swans lived in Ontario! Have you had your tea yet?  Let’s go for a walk. Drew smiled.  What? Am I talking too much? Smile.  You know I only operate on two different speeds. Tomorrow I’ll probably grow silent again so enjoy this while you…






Thursday Challenge: Listen Twice, Speak Once

 A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends… Click here for the rest of the tale. Almost everyone who has…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






9 Ways to Recharge Your Energy

Labels are tricky things. They can quickly communicate an identity or complicated set of ideas in a word or phrase. They can also box us into roles that only sometimes actually fit. Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was…






Beyond Us and Them

I’ve been (re)reading a variety of blog posts and articles recently about how introverts and extroverts interact with one another. Some sites made lists of things extroverts should know about introverts or talked about how to best relate to a spouse, family member or workmate who was at the opposite end of the spectrum from…






Tag Archive: Introversion

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






The Friendship Challenge: First Steps

Part two in a series of posts about making new friends as an adult. Click here for part one.  Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly begun working on how to go about making some new friends. My first task was simple: whom do I want to meet? Some people are most comfortable hanging out with…






But I Like My Shell!

It’s been a hot, muggy July here in Toronto so far. My lungs aren’t a fan of breathing oven air so I’ve been absorbing this book. Introverts, I’m sure you know how this conversation goes: “You’re so quiet!” “Yes.” “Is everything okay?” “Yes.” “Don’t you want to come out of your shell?” “No.” *tap, tap, tap*…






5 Ways to Get Quiet People to Speak Up

Visitors, you’re on a roll here! Recently someone found this blog by searching for this: How [do you] get quiet people to speak up?   1. Figure out their passion in life. For example, I love science fiction, hiking, and late nineteenth to mid twentieth century American and Canadian history. When I find someone who knows…






When Words Are a Feast or a Famine

Is rain in the forecast for today? Hey, I didn’t know swans lived in Ontario! Have you had your tea yet?  Let’s go for a walk. Drew smiled.  What? Am I talking too much? Smile.  You know I only operate on two different speeds. Tomorrow I’ll probably grow silent again so enjoy this while you…






Thursday Challenge: Listen Twice, Speak Once

 A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends… Click here for the rest of the tale. Almost everyone who has…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






9 Ways to Recharge Your Energy

Labels are tricky things. They can quickly communicate an identity or complicated set of ideas in a word or phrase. They can also box us into roles that only sometimes actually fit. Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was…






Beyond Us and Them

I’ve been (re)reading a variety of blog posts and articles recently about how introverts and extroverts interact with one another. Some sites made lists of things extroverts should know about introverts or talked about how to best relate to a spouse, family member or workmate who was at the opposite end of the spectrum from…






Tag Archive: Introversion

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






The Friendship Challenge: First Steps

Part two in a series of posts about making new friends as an adult. Click here for part one.  Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly begun working on how to go about making some new friends. My first task was simple: whom do I want to meet? Some people are most comfortable hanging out with…






But I Like My Shell!

It’s been a hot, muggy July here in Toronto so far. My lungs aren’t a fan of breathing oven air so I’ve been absorbing this book. Introverts, I’m sure you know how this conversation goes: “You’re so quiet!” “Yes.” “Is everything okay?” “Yes.” “Don’t you want to come out of your shell?” “No.” *tap, tap, tap*…






5 Ways to Get Quiet People to Speak Up

Visitors, you’re on a roll here! Recently someone found this blog by searching for this: How [do you] get quiet people to speak up?   1. Figure out their passion in life. For example, I love science fiction, hiking, and late nineteenth to mid twentieth century American and Canadian history. When I find someone who knows…






When Words Are a Feast or a Famine

Is rain in the forecast for today? Hey, I didn’t know swans lived in Ontario! Have you had your tea yet?  Let’s go for a walk. Drew smiled.  What? Am I talking too much? Smile.  You know I only operate on two different speeds. Tomorrow I’ll probably grow silent again so enjoy this while you…






Thursday Challenge: Listen Twice, Speak Once

 A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends… Click here for the rest of the tale. Almost everyone who has…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






9 Ways to Recharge Your Energy

Labels are tricky things. They can quickly communicate an identity or complicated set of ideas in a word or phrase. They can also box us into roles that only sometimes actually fit. Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was…






Beyond Us and Them

I’ve been (re)reading a variety of blog posts and articles recently about how introverts and extroverts interact with one another. Some sites made lists of things extroverts should know about introverts or talked about how to best relate to a spouse, family member or workmate who was at the opposite end of the spectrum from…






Tag Archive: Introversion

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






The Friendship Challenge: First Steps

Part two in a series of posts about making new friends as an adult. Click here for part one.  Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly begun working on how to go about making some new friends. My first task was simple: whom do I want to meet? Some people are most comfortable hanging out with…






But I Like My Shell!

It’s been a hot, muggy July here in Toronto so far. My lungs aren’t a fan of breathing oven air so I’ve been absorbing this book. Introverts, I’m sure you know how this conversation goes: “You’re so quiet!” “Yes.” “Is everything okay?” “Yes.” “Don’t you want to come out of your shell?” “No.” *tap, tap, tap*…






5 Ways to Get Quiet People to Speak Up

Visitors, you’re on a roll here! Recently someone found this blog by searching for this: How [do you] get quiet people to speak up?   1. Figure out their passion in life. For example, I love science fiction, hiking, and late nineteenth to mid twentieth century American and Canadian history. When I find someone who knows…






When Words Are a Feast or a Famine

Is rain in the forecast for today? Hey, I didn’t know swans lived in Ontario! Have you had your tea yet?  Let’s go for a walk. Drew smiled.  What? Am I talking too much? Smile.  You know I only operate on two different speeds. Tomorrow I’ll probably grow silent again so enjoy this while you…






Thursday Challenge: Listen Twice, Speak Once

 A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends… Click here for the rest of the tale. Almost everyone who has…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






9 Ways to Recharge Your Energy

Labels are tricky things. They can quickly communicate an identity or complicated set of ideas in a word or phrase. They can also box us into roles that only sometimes actually fit. Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was…






Beyond Us and Them

I’ve been (re)reading a variety of blog posts and articles recently about how introverts and extroverts interact with one another. Some sites made lists of things extroverts should know about introverts or talked about how to best relate to a spouse, family member or workmate who was at the opposite end of the spectrum from…