Some clarification and amplification of my pervious post, point by point (original points with hyphens, and my responses without).
- Dont assume extroverts know how best to communicate with you. teach them. For example, explain why you need time to process before responding to a question.
Don't assume the responsiblities of others, in both meanings of those words. Their growth is their responsibility. If they seek your help in this, and you wish to give it, fine, but don't take on responsibilities that aren't yours, and don't act on your perceptions of other people without careful consideration, and their invitation.
- Leverage your natural talent for depth by identifying the goal as far in advance as possible, so youre prepared ahead of time when pressed in a meeting for input.
This is good advice for anyone. Even speaking as an introvert (per M-B), I wouldn't assume lack or absence of this talent in extroverts.
- Acknowledge the additional energy required to interact with others for long periods of time and allow yourself to tap into your energy reserve.
This assumes much about M-B, its definition of introverts and traits thereof. Extroverts have their own stress-related energy-management problems. Again, it comes down to the individual, and the specific situation.
- Pay attention to the activities that require more of your energy, such as insufficient time to work alone, brainstorming meetings, and noisy environments.
Same as above, and begs questions re: the nature of particular tasks and what they require, the specific character of a given type and instance of brainstorming meeting, and the well-documented medical information re: the effect of different types and frequencies and levels of noise of virtually all people. (That's why we use noise for torture, and it works perfectly well on extroverts).
- Depleting too much energy will lead to a stressful reaction...
Same as above, whether speaking of homeostasis or allostasis in ref to stress.
- so look for early warning signs, such as withdrawal.
This assumes a definition of withdrawal that supports the point, while ignoring questions re: the formulation of such a definition.
- If a stressful situation is unresolved, your unconscious functions will take over. We typically act out of character under extreme stress...
Basic psychology, and when considering the effects of prolonged elevated levels of glucocorticoids (a key class of adrenal hormones released in the stress response) upon the frontal cortex which, among other things, governs impulse control, a virtually universal phenomenon.
- ... and for introverts, this reaction may show up as an outburst or other outward expression
This is not confined to, or typical of introverts, as contrasted with, or opposed to, extroverts (See above)
- opposite to their normal calm and reserved demeanor
Which is often misinterpreted/misdiagnosed as withdrawal or even depression.
- Restore your energy level by finding time alone to reflect and direct your focus on thoughts, ideas, and internal feelings. Schedule regular breaks throughout the day to recharge your batteries.
This has been among the most basic and universal of stress managment advice as far back as Walter Bradford Cannon in the 1930s.
"Nuff" said, maybe too much. But it's hard to have a meaningful, productive discussion of this sort of thing without reference to controversies within psychology, and without the basics of the stress response, including its biochemistry.
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