How do Introverts Deal with Loss?




What does it mean to be an introvert? Many theories of personality agree that everyone has introversion and extroversion qualities, however at our core, we tend to be more introvert or extrovert. There are lots of ways to discover which one is more applicable to you.


At Journaling Through, we ascribe to the theory of energy as it relates to introversion.

Where do you get your energy from?

People or solitude?

Do you become more energized around people or do you prefer alone time to reinvigorate?


Introverts tend to be more quiet, reserved and often mistaken for being shy. Some well known introverts are very confident in social situations (think Bill Gates), however they need to recharge in solitude. Following the theory of energy for introversion, this personality is simply more inward focused, internal experience oriented and usually have a very profound sense of self.


No two people will deal with grief in the same way. Our circumstances surrounding the loss, past experiences, age, religious beliefs and traditions all play a vital role in our grieving process. As an introvert, understanding that certain personality traits will also dictate our understanding of loss will make the journey of healing a bit easier.


Because introverts receive their energy from solitude, journaling as a strategy to work through loss is highly recommended. Guided journaling allows you to be with their own thoughts, with a structured and methodical approach to loss. When we deal with our own emotions without an appropriate outlet, it could be detrimental to our health, mentally, emotionally and even physically.


As an introvert, self-understanding, reflection and introspection is high on the list of priorities when dealing with grief. The path of self-discovery could be overwhelming, even in a small setting, for example a family group, an upcoming funeral and the community involvement, especially after the loss first happened. It is important to set your own boundaries and excuse yourself from events or people that are too intense.


Solitude in an environment conducive to healing can be very beneficial to you. It is important to let someone you trust know that you are dealing with loss in your own way, through journaling or another introspective avenue. It is always a good idea to let that person know where you are, physically. They will understandably be concerned about you, especially if they are also dealing with the loss.


It is easy to fall into depression, self-harm and negativity when we don’t deal with our loss in a healthy way. As an introverted personality type, it is very easy to feel lonely.


You are not alone.

You are not alone.

You are not alone.


If at any time during your journey of dealing with loss you feel that you can no longer deal with your emotions by yourself, reach out. Reach out to a loved one or a professional. Your emotional, mental and physical health is important. You are important.


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