Art Of Programming

musings by Dmytrii Nagirniak

How to Care for Introverts

I’ve just found an interesting poster that describes how to deal with introverts.

Being an introvert myself I agree with most of the points:

  • Respect their need for privacy.
  • Never embarrass them in public.
  • Let them observe first in new situations.
  • Give them time to think. Don’t demand instant answers.
  • Don’t interrupt them.
  • Give them advance notice of expected changes in their lives.
  • Give them 15 minute warnings to finish whatever they are doing before calling them to dinner or moving on to the next activity.
  • Reprimand them privately.
  • Teach them new skills privately rather than in public.
  • Enable them to find one best friend who has similar interests and abilities; encourage this relationship even if the friend moves.
  • Do not push them to make lots of friends.
  • Respect their introversion. Don’t try to remake them into extroverts.

I’m pretty sure it is just a common sense. But it helps when people do know it.

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