Are you an introvert? I have a recently been following the tweets and posts of Susan Cain and I looked forward to the release of her book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking before the book came out. I have long identified myself as an introvert, save for those few years in late adolescence and early adulthood when I did my best to shed those characteristics.
I embrace who I am now and realize that being introspective by nature does not mean I go unnoticed or that I don’t have anything to say. On the contrary, the internet has given me a voice I never knew I had. I know I am not the only one in that club. In fact, it has been suggested that introverts really “get” the social part of social media.
As a therapist who has practiced online for a dozen years, I have often thought that many of my quieter clients really benefit from, and prefer communicating with a therapist via text language- chat or email. There is a different kind of presence (albeit lacking physicality) that happens when a therapist and client work together online. Many clients have said that being able to reach out online has been most beneficial because frankly they would rather write it out than talk it through. Reaching out for therapy online is not necessarily an act of avoidance but rather, an opportunity for sincere expression.
If you think you might enjoy the book do give it a read!
This article was originally published at DeeAnna Merz Nagel - Mental Health on the Web
. Reprinted with permission from the author.