IT TURNS OUT THAT INTROVERTS CAN PRETEND NOT TO BE. HERE’S WHY THAT MIGHT SOMETIMES HELP, AND HOW TO PULL IT OFF.
However, you know as well I do that when working in an office, there are times you’re required to step out of your comfort zone and go the extra mile for the sake of “being social” or “seeming like a team player.” Unfortunately, you will likely need to make some small talk at holiday parties, and you can’t always be the last to speak up in a meeting (even if it is because you’re processing everything and your eventual response will be better than everyone else’s combined).
I had some psychologists weigh in on what to do in situations like that—when, like it or not, you may just have to fake it.
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