Chapter 3

What Makes You an Introvert, and Will You Always Be One?

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding the origins of introversion

arrow Discovering why being a pretend outie is sometimes smart

arrow Exploring your choices — stay “all innie” or move to the outie side?

This chapter is based on the old saying, “know thyself.” To understand your innie nature, it helps to trace your personality all the way back to its roots. So I start this chapter by looking at all the interesting reasons you’re an introvert.

After that, I talk about how you can stay true to yourself and still put on a pretend outie face every once in a while (but only if you want to, because it’s your choice). And finally, I dive headfirst into two controversial questions: Can introverts actually become extroverts? If so, is it a good idea for them to try?

Nature or Nurture: Determining What Makes You an Introvert

If you’re an introvert, here’s something to think about: Does Mother Nature decide whether you’re an innie or an outie even before you’re born?

As it turns out, the answer isn’t all that clear-cut. Genes strongly influence whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, but there’s no single “introvert ...

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