Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How To Care For Introverts

* 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 friendship even if the friend moves away.

*Do not push them to make lots of friends.

* Respect their introversion. Don't try to remake them into extroverts.


Trish said...

You are your father's...daughter!

Sara said...

100% correct! Sidenote, also the way to deal with autistic people. Interesting. I would like to add not labeling them as cold, uncaring or unloving. In fact, I sometimes think we love a little deeper. And I, from a distance in a quiet voice demanding you!

Margie said...

a lot of those are just how you should treat people in general.