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Joanna Rawbone

I discovered I was an Introvert in 1989 as a result of completing the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator). 

Now regardless of your views about MBTI, I’d always known I was quite different from peers, colleagues, friends & even family and it was this instrument that gave me insight into how I was different.

I soon realised that this knowledge on its own was not enough though.  

It had enhanced my self-awareness but didn’t give me the tools to manage others’ expectations of me.  

What followed was something that other introverts will recognise only too well; I was encouraged by colleagues to try to be more outgoing in order to fit in. 

And I was exhausted by the process.  

Ultimately, I ended up believing I was not enough which took a heavy toll on me.  

Never one to quit though, I made the decision to champion the cause of introverts like me.

I had become tired of witnessing introverts being overlooked and dismissed because they didn’t always speak up or join in.