Unlike being outdoorsy, extroverted or intelligent, there’s not much reason to boast when it comes to being introverted.

As a child, my mom used to buy me children’s books which always seemed to have a shy girl as the protagonist or a stuffed animal that would say, “I’m lonely.” None of these made me feel any better about being shy, lonely or introverted. It did make me realize that being this way set me apart from other children and adults in our society.

As I got older, life confirmed my earlier thought. It wasn’t easy being sensitive and shy. People seemed attracted to others who were gregarious, outgoing, the life of the party. I wanted to melt into the wall not stand out from it. It’s only recently after reading this New York Times article that I experienced a major shift in perspective. In it, the late Debbie Ford said motivational speaker and author Deepak Chopra taught her that what she thought were weaknesses and vulnerabilities were actually her strengths. What a gift! It showed me that introversion could actually be a blessing.

This week’s posts also validate this belief teaching us how introversion and being alone play into creativity and intimacy. If you’re feeling isolated because of your differences, consider celebrating them. As you’ll read below, what sets you apart from the crowd could be your greatest strength not your weakness.

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To Be More Creative, Be An Introvert
(The Creative Mind) – What would we do without the introvert? According to this, the world would be starving of ingenuity and creativity.

There’s Always Someone to Blame: Wisdom from Brene Brown
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – We all do it, but why do we do it? Find out why we really blame others and how you can gain freedom from it.

Porn Addiction and Sex Addiction: What’s the Difference?
(Sex & Intimacy in the Digital Age) – If you think porn addiction is less destructive than other addictive sexual behaviors, read this. Here’s an eye-opening look at the addictive and damaging affects of porn on you and your relationship.

An Asset to Couple Intimacy: The Capacity “To Be Alone”
(Healing Together for Couples) – A significant factor of a truly intimate relationship is the ability to be alone. How comfortable are you with being with alone? Here are a few surprising signs revealing your capacity for intimacy.

10 Ways Anger Masks Itself
(Therapy Soup) – Anger doesn’t just express itself as anger. There are other indicators like sarcasm and snobbery that are actually just anger in hiding. Find out more here.