Caring for Introverts

1. Respect their need for privacy.
2. Never embarrass them in public.
3. Let them observe first in new situations.
4. Give them time to think; don't demand instant answers.
5. Don't interrupt them.
6. Give them advance notice of expected changes in their lives.
7. Give them 15 minute warnings to finish whatever they are doing.
8. Reprimand them privately.
9. Teach them new skills privately.
10. Enable them to find one best friend who has similar interests & abilities.
11. Don't push them to make lots of friends.
12. Respect their introversion; don't try to remake them into extroverts.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?


A photograph of Glynis Johns in the 1948 film Miranda. This is the same Glynis Johns who played Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins. I like to think that Mrs Banks had been a Mermaid who tragically lost her Merbaby but Mary Poppins rescued her from her despair by erasing her memory, giving her legs and making her a suffragette with a kind of crappy husband.

Poppins wasn’t that great at cheering people up really.