The Flourishing Introvert Philosophy
Flourishing for me is a process and a way of being that is possible for all. As an introvert myself, I know only too well that many introverts fail to flourish for a variety of reasons.
So what does flourishing really mean in this context? Dictionary definitions include one that really resonates with me
“to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way,
especially as the result of a particularly congenial
So the Flourishing Introvert Philosophy includes 3 fundamental practices.
1. Owning our introversion and recognising our inner powers.
2. Co-creating a supportive environment by putting in place and managing personal boundaries.
3. Regularly doing things that replenish us, recharge our batteries and allow us to be at our best.
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.
It was time for action.
Flourishing Introverts was born to
support those who wanted to fulfil their potential without pretending to be something they're not.
educate and inform organisations how much they were missing out on by overlooking their introverts
promote positive action and balance the extraversion bias