I’ve recently realized that the reason I often need a break from loud teenage boys isn’t because I’m a horrible stepmom or don’t like my stepkids, but because I’m an introvert! Until recently, introverts were misunderstood. It was thought that being an introvert meant being shy. Now we know that what really determines whether you’re an introvert or extravert is how you recharge your energy.
Extraverts feel re-energized by interacting with groups of people. Introverts reenergize by being alone and introspective. So it would make perfect sense that I can only comfortably tolerate the noise of teenagers and shoot-em-up video games in small doses. Now, sit me down one-on-one with them for a conversation about life and I’m happy as a clam. But, how many teenage boys do you know that would enjoy that?? Actually, I know one. I’m a pretty lucky stepmom that way.
Does this apply to you? Can you relate?
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