Introvert Energy Drain Rule Number Seven –¬†Be More Creative

Introverts commonly experience difficulties of self-expression. It may be hard for them to express themselves satisfactorily in social interaction due to communication blocks such as shyness. Additionally, introverts tend to come across to new people as being withdrawn or closed. Even though they may be warm-hearted people once you get to know them, many introverts give the initial impression of being cold and aloof due to their natural hesitancy to project their personality when in unfamiliar situations. It is a frustrating and disappointing experience for an introvert to be misunderstood due to the fact that they are slow to open up and share with new people. This is a problem for introverts when socialising as not being expressive quickly leads to energy drain. In contrast, when you express yourself fully and enjoy the social moment among friends, you find that you do not experience energy drain.

Not being able to express oneself fully and freely is life-limiting. When you are not able to express yourself, you feel alone and closed off from connections with others (and this feeling makes you want to avoid more and more social interaction). While it may be the life’s work of an introvert to face and overcome their communication blocks in speech and social interaction, there is a more immediate solution to the problem of limited self-expression in speech. Through creativity and performance, introverts are able to express their true nature, and consequently, experience fulfillment in life. This is why every introvert should be creative in some way.

Introverts have tremendous creative powers. To attain mastery in any creative endeavour takes thousands of hours. To become really good at something, it is often necessary to make social sacrifices. While introverts may not mind staying home and working on their creative project, the majority of extroverts would feel as if they were missing out on something that they imagine to be happening somewhere. This often means that in terms of practical creative skills, extroverts often lag behind introverts because they haven’t put the same amount of hours into practising and refining their art.

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Many extroverts have excellent creative ideas, and their success lies in their ability to get other people to make them happen (as well as in their powers of self-promotion). In contrast, an introvert’s journey to creative success is a hands-on and practical process. For introverts, actions definitely do speak louder than words.

However, if an introvert is to overcome problems of self-expression through the creative process, they must first learn to manage their energy so that there is enough to spare for their creative endeavours. Of course, if you allow people to drain you of your energy, there won’t be any left when you want to get creative. Again, this is why maintaining good boundaries and making sure you get enough time alone is essential for every introvert.

Due to limiting beliefs and blocks that arise through our life experience, especially in our formative years, many people misunderstand the concept of creativity and say that they are “not creative”. Being creative doesn’t mean that you have to be a painter of some sort. What it actually means is that there is something you like to do where you make or produce something new in the world. The thing you create can be a physical object such as a piece of furniture or even a cookie. Each person expresses their creativity differently, and as long as you are creating something new and expressing a part of yourself through the process, you can call it “creativity”. When an introvert expresses themselves through creativity, they succeed in sharing an expression of themselves with the wider world.

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Jade Joddle is a speech and voice teacher for high-level professionals. She teaches her non-native speaker clients to Speak Well so that they thrive and succeed.

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