The term of introvert was coined by Carl Jung in his famous theory of personality. According to the psychological definition introverted person is focused on (often preoccupied with) his or her private mental experiences, feelings and thoughts. The opposite of introverted personality is extroverted personality. Some people often think that introverts are antisocial loners, who don’t like people around them. It’s certainly wrong, hurtful and misleading assumption because shy, reserved and introverted people can be warm, loving, friendly and interested in others.
There are several obvious signs of introversion – here are some examples. Introverts usually don’t talk too much because they actually prefer more meaningful and thoughtful conversations. They are not afraid of people, but being around too many of them for too long makes them feel drained. For introverts casual small talk interactions with others can be quite stressful – there should be a reason behind every conversation with an introverted personality. They prefer to reflect quietly on a problem instead of working on it in groups and during public meetings or situations. Introverts are often regarded quiet and usually keep their (often unique) views to themselves. People high on introversion scale tend to avoid social interactions with complete strangers – especially with people who are angry and threatening. Sensitivity and necessity of alone time to recharge are another traits of introverted personality. Introverts also avoid jobs in which they have to engage in lots of social interactions and communications. They are less open in revealing their thoughts, emotions, desires and feelings.
Joining a new co-working space can be pretty stressful for introverts, but it can be done quite smoothly with the help of few tips.
First of all, introverts should attend fun social events taking place in coworking spaces to break the ice with other people, make friendships and connections. Easier said than done, but the lovely conversation with the kind person (female or male) is always welcomed. First, serious connections are always hardest to make, however, practice makes perfect. Community managers can also offer help to make introverts more involved in co-working community and their specific vision.
Introverts need alone time or relaxation time, so it’s important for them to take breaks from work or solving problems and book meeting rooms (quiet areas or silent corners) for themselves to avoid overwhelming noise and chaos of busy periods. It’s also a chance for an introvert to meet someone like-minded with similar interests. Introverted people are quite silent when they are alone, but they will make conversations with other people (even extroverts) when they will feel comfortable enough to do this. It’s wrong to push them into making countless social contacts and interactions. Introverts really do enjoy a company of others, but they will always choose quality over quantity when it comes to relationships and social contacts.
It’s worth remembering that introvert in co-working environment can be a great listener and advisor because he or she is actually very empathetic and caring. Conversations with introverts are usually deep and meaningful – driven by trust and pure friendship.
All in all, co-working spaces are perfect for introvert workers because they combine autonomy and basic need for privacy with the idea of creative community. It’s obvious that you don’t have to be an extrovert to join a coworking space. Feel free to do this anytime you want – even the most introverted persons are highly welcomed.
It’s cool to be a little bit of an introvert 🙂