Do you know the difference between shyness and introversion? I’m in a self-help group (of 1) of parents who don’t always understand really, really, really introverted kids. Maybe you’ll join me. Or maybe you’re that introvert who wants to be understood, like my daughter.
So, the big questions — what is introversion?
It’s all about your energy.
I bet you know about extroversion already. Extroverts get their energy from . . . say it all together now . . . being around other people.
So, introverts get their energy from . . . (any guesses?) . . . being alone.
It’s not shyness.
Shyness is a social anxiety.
It’s all about energy.
Introverts can be very social; they just need time to recharge their batteries away from others. Introversion is a temperament – not a behavior.
Think about the children in your life. Do you know any who are introverts? They might
– need more processing time
– like to watch before participating
– not make eye contact
– only have one or two friends
– find it difficult to share their feelings
– learn by observing
– be very smart, even gifted
If this sounds familiar, you will want to read The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.. It’s helped me understand my “innie” and her unique gifts. I reread it often.
As parents and teachers, I hope that we think about the needs of the introverts in our homes and classrooms — the world is designed by extroverts, for extroverts. We need to give equal consideration to our introverts, too.
Introverts in Chapter Books
My list is from books I’ve personally read, and in no way complete nor perfect. If you want to add a suggestion or contest a book on my list, please comment below.
Franny K. Stein books by Jim Benton
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer
Wish Girl by Nikki Lofting
Stonebird by Mike Revell
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Stoker and Holmes series by Colleen Gleason