Your introverted spouse, child, or friend is not broken, dysfunctional or mean? People are starting to understand that there are extroverts, which our American culture heavily favors, and there are introverts, who sometimes get medicated, or sent to a therapist because extroverts are concerned they are depressed, unhappy, or just plain weird.
I loved reading Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this subject. Don’t worry – extroverts are honored for their many sterling qualities and abilities in the book. One is not superior/inferior to the other.
Which is the point of this post. People are different. Different is fine. It’s something to celebrate, or at least accept. Yes, there are challenges when you take one extrovert and one introvert and put them in the same house! Even if you can’t always tell what introverts are up to, they do have something to contribute to others! I love the poster that says: “Introverts Unite! Separately, and in Your Own Homes!”
Make peace with the introverts in your life. Their behavior does not mean they don’t love/ value/support or want to be with you. If you are an extrovert reading this post, take time off from your pursuits and read Susan Cain’s book. I think it will help you not to be worried, or upset about the introverts in your life. It will also help you be able to negotiate better with them.