The introvert’s fatigue and the question I despise
Ah, the question that tires me most: “what’s new?”
That question is an immediate red flag, warning me of an extrovert who wants to make small talk and hasn’t remembered enough of my details to ask me a better question. The person seems to forget how literally I take things. I panic for a few seconds as my mental gears grind through which items to report as ‘new’ since the last time I saw my enquirer. After all, I like to be precise and accurate, linear and focused. I’m also a horrible story-teller in person so that doesn’t help things.
Therefore, the balance of this post isn’t just ‘what’s new’. Ask me what I’ve read today, what I found compelling, relevant, relatable and interesting.
The answer contains three good reads on self-identifying as introverts, what makes us tired, and what makes us feel good when we are understood by those who love us, work with us and spend time with us.
Enjoy and please share your reflections, if you wish.