Carol Barkes, CPM, MBA, is a conflict resolution expert, mediator, national speaker, educator and bestselling author who uniquely applies neuroscience to the fields of conflict resolution and negotiations. Her expert perspective is always fresh and relevant.
- Introverts often “shut down” because the “fight or flight” part of their brain (technically, the limbic system) gets triggered by being out of their comfort zone.
- They can manage this by visualizing the situations that put them out of this comfort zone and practice “seeing” a better response.
- Our brains see things we visualize with all of our emotions in the same manner as if we are experiencing “live,” so that we can build-up neuro pathways that help us to not shut down as quickly.
How an introvert can cope with this
- Learn to notice your brain’s automatic response which is designed to keep you safe. If it may be an overreaction to a situation, notice and ask yourself if your reaction is really necessary for the situation. This can help you stop the automatic release of stress chemicals and help you get back online faster.
- Work towards your strengths and let someone else manage your weak spots. We are not all good at all things. If, as an introvert, a situation seems daunting to you, see if you can find a counterpart to deal with that situation. Being honest about who you are can be freeing.
Interview: Carol Barkes
Carol Barkes, CPM, MBA, is a trend-setting mediator, business executive and educator specializing in the use of neuroscience to improve business performance, interpersonal communications, negotiation and conflict resolution processes for optimally successful results. She is also a speaker, educator, and author of the bestselling book: Success Breakthroughs: Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Secrets for Breaking Through to Success.
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