The Introvert, Dear Podcast

The Introvert, Dear Podcast

The Introvert, Dear Podcast is devoted to helping introverts live more peaceful, meaningful lives. We're here to remind you that you don't have to be an extrovert to be happy — and there's nothing wrong with being quiet and spending time alone. This biweekly show is hosted by Jenn Granneman, author of The Secret Lives of Introverts and founder of, and Bo Miller, founder of and The INFJ Personality Show. Featuring prevalent introvert influencers and experts, we help introverts (and those who love them) understand themselves better and grow.


March 26, 2019 38 mins

Are you an introvert who’s also a highly sensitive person? There’s a good chance you are, because 70 percent of HSPs are also introverts. If you’re a highly sensitive introvert, you know how challenging that can be, and most likely, one of your biggest challenges is love and relationships.

In today’s episode, we talk about the challenges of being an HSP in a romantic relationship with a non-HSP. We’ll hear from a couple w...

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An interview can feel like small talk on steroids for introverts. Only the stakes are raised as you need to put your best foot forward because a job you want is on the line. The thought is enough to give you sweaty palms and a queasy stomach. What’s an introvert to do?  

Today, we’re talking with Amanda Glover about how to nail the job interview.  

As a journalist at heart, Amanda combines her love for writing and business to help in...

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When many people hear the word introvert, they picture a nail-biter, cowering in his or her bedroom, refusing to interact with the rest of the world. Frankly, this definition of introvert misses the mark by a long shot. But it is true that introverts sometimes feel nervous around certain people and for a variety of other reasons. While introvert and anxiety don’t necessarily go together, when they do, it’s helpful to know why and t...

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Quiet, thoughtful, focused, insightful - these are a few words that describe a writer. And they’re words that also capture many introverts quite well. It’s no surprise, then, that a lot of writers are introverts. If you’ve ever thought about writing professionally or writing on the side, we encourage you to join us for today's conversation as we explore Why Introverts Make Great Writers

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Modern society celebrates the strengths and virtues of extroversion. It’s no surprise: Extroverts are masters of tooting their own horn. While the outward-focus extroverts bring to life is helpful at many times and in many ways, the one-sided praise only tells half the story. Too many people still need to discover the wonderful benefits of introversion. A quiet, inward focus is just as important and valuable as its counterpart.  


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Introverts need good friends and strong relationships, just like extroverts do, but they go about socializing a little differently. Usually they require just a few deep connections - instead of a rolodex of acquaintances - and it doesn’t take as much to fill their social quota. 

For introverts to be at their best, they need authentic, close relationships. So on today’s show, we’ll be exploring ways to take care of our friendships as...

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Energy - none of us has an unlimited supply, and we introverts need to be particularly mindful of how we spend ours. Mismanagement can quickly result in stress, frustration, overwhelm, lapses in productivity, and the like. That we identify energy leaks in our life and prioritize wellbeing is essential. Today, Michelle Kerr of Wellbeing Weekly is going to explain how we can improve in both of these areas.

Michelle is a qua...

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Finding a job that can hold your interest, capture your imagination, and inspire you is, to say the least, difficult for many introverts, but it’s especially challenging for intuitive introverts. The Myers-Briggs personality type known as the INFJ is no exception. Choosing just one of your many interests — as well as something that will pay the bills -- is anything but easy. 

And often, the work that intrigues you most lacks securit...

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We all need boundaries that keep the bad out of our lives and let the good in, but maintaining them is difficult for many introverts. It takes a lot energy and resolve to stand up to the demands of an often extroverted culture and do it on a daily basis. That’s why it’s critical to learn to say “No” and say it effectively, as well as stand up for yourself. Today, we’re fortunate to get to talk to Amy E. Smith about these important ...

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What makes an introvert an introvert? A number of factors make us who we are, but one of the most important is that we need quiet time to recharge. Robbed of alone time, we grow tired and frustrated and feel overstimulated. We may even start to think we’re broken or subpar people when we don’t have the quiet we need to exercise our greatest strengths.

So how do we ensure we get the alone time we need in a world that expec...

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Creativity provides an outlet for many introverts and a means of authentic self-expression. Some of the most creative people in the world are quiet types like you and me. Just how you express your creativity depends on the kind of introvert you are.

And yes, while some introverts are more creative than others, I believe there’s a part of each and every one of us that comes alive when we’re making something original, invent...

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Have you ever felt like the term “introvert” didn’t fully describe you? Are there aspects of your personality that don't fall under the “introversion” umbrella? Today we’re talking about what it means to be a highly sensitive person (HSP).

Introverts and HSPs share many common characteristics, but there are some important differences — which might help explain some of the things you experience.

Our guest tod...

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In our hundred-mile-an-hour world, it’s easy to feel burned out. From the moment we wake up, we’re flooded with notifications, beeps, and updates. We have more information at our fingertips than any past generation could’ve imagined thanks to the internet, social media, and other technological advances. And there’re are more decisions for us to make more quickly than ever before. On top of it all, culture tells us that our success,...

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Are you an introvert who’s always been drawn to the visual arts? Maybe you’ve even dreamed of working as an artist but wondered whether or not you could make ends meet and how to get started. On today’s show, we're talking to introvert artist Debbie Tung about what life as full-time cartoonist is like. We’ll chat about inspiration, habits and practices, opportunities and challenges, expectations, and more.

Deborah “Debbie”...

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Are you an introvert business owner, freelancer, or creative who loves working for yourself but can’t stand promoting your work? It just feels inauthentic and as if you're selling out or shouting at people through a megaphone. Maybe you’ve even been thinking about working for yourself, but you can’t get over the “I’m going to have to market” hump. Today, we’re going to talk with Thea Orozco about how you can put yourself out t...

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Do you love exploring new places and experiencing new cultures but hate the anxiety and exhaustion that seem inevitable? Today, we’re going to explore why many introverts are drawn to travel and how you can do it with less drain.

Melissa Renzi joins us on the show. She is a Licensed Social Worker and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher based in Chicago. She uses her social work and yoga skills to help introverts and highly sensitive p...

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What do you do when you can’t stand small talk, talking to strangers, and meeting new people but you want to have more confidence in social situations? Listen to the story of an introvert who challenged himself to interact with complete strangers and learned that anyone can improve his or her social skills.

Andre Sólo joins us on today’s show. He’s an author, philosopher, and, at times, an adventurer. His most recent book is Lún...

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Ever thought about starting a business or working for yourself? Tune into this episode to learn why introverts are attracted to entrepreneurship, how to get started, and much, much more!

Elizabeth Potts Weinstein joins us for this conversation. She’s a small business law attorney at EPW Small Business Law PC, where she helps fellow small business owners find ease and simplicity in the legal requirements of owning a small busines...

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Is it possible to design a life that suits your introversion? Tune in to learn about big and little changes you can make that’ll improve your life in the hear-and-now, as well as in the future. We talk about quiet time, career, perfectionism, and more with Michaela Chung of Introvert Spring in this episode.

Michaela is the author of The Irresistible Introvert as well as her new book, The Year of The Introvert. She’s best known f...

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What attracts introverts to writing? Join us as we explore why many introverts are natural writers, what gifts help them excel with pad and pen (or a computer), common obstacles they face, ways to go pro, and a whole lot more!

In this episode, we have the privilege of interviewing Lauren Sapala. Lauren is an experienced writing coach, and she’s also the author of Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writer...

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