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Very interesting thread - -
Question for OP - exactly what is it that makes you believe you are an introvert? I know that may sound simplistic (or stupid) but just because you are not a "touchy feely" person does not make you an introvert. Some of us just have a natural tendency to be more solitary. We aren't 'afraid' of social situations, we just prefer not to engage in them - and this is not a personality defect.
If you discover that you are actually fearful of expressing yourself or being assertive, this could certainly have an effect on your clinical effectiveness. Have no fear, you can overcome these problems - many times they just go away as your confidence increases over time.
As you may have guessed, I prefer a much lower level of 'social density' myself.... I blame my Norweigian heritage - LOL. My preferred clinical setting is ICU - the work is primarily solo, and interacting with others when needed. I would advise you to engage in some self-exploration. There are some really good self-assessment tools you could use. One of the most popular right now is "Strengths Finder 2.0" by Marcus Buckinham - it includes an online self assessment.
This is a really interesting post. I'm an introvert, as well.
Lots of true introverts are not afraid of expressing themselves, like this poster said. An introvert is just someone who gets drained when they are social for too long and they become energized through isolation. Opposite of extroverts who need people around them and social situations to become energized. That's it.
Introverts can be outgoing, bouncy, the life of the party. Introversion does not mean shy. They just get drained quickly from being social. I'm introverted and I require vast amounts of alone time, but when I am social I am very talkative and outgoing. I'm that person in the Wal-Mart check-out line who will bore you to death while talking nonstop about my cat. LOL I maybe go out with my friends just a few times a year. Other than that, work alone is enough socialness for me. If I'm social for too long, I become incredibly fatigued, irritable and I re-energize by being isolated. Unfortunately, I need lots of isolation. LOL
This is a great post. I'm not a nurse just yet and I've been wondering what field of nursing would be the best for me, as well. I don't mind working with a team, though, and I like the fact that I can interact with patients. I'd just better be 100% alone when I go home at night!
Only person I can stand being around is my kitty!