The Introvert Lawyer, part 1

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September 13, 2012 by williamsjustliving

I’m not shy. In my heart of hearts, I believe that introversion has nothing to do with shyness. Studies and research might tend to disagree with me. I know plenty of introverts–many of them in law school and the legal practice–and I’ve yet to meet one who I would honestly categorize as shy.

There are all types of statistics all over the internet on what percentage of Americans are introverts. Most of the data points to the fact that the majority of Americans are extroverts. Suffice it to say that introverts have a hard time understanding extroverts and vice versa. I can already feel the friction that comes from a client-attorney relationship between an extrovert and an introvert. If you are a client and you just can’t understand your attorney’s communication style and behavior, you may be dealing with an introvert.

Tip offs that you are dealing with an introvert:

1. Introverts often sit pondering in silence for long periods of time.

2. Introverts may require “recharge time” between one social engagement and the next (or one appointment and the next).

3. Introverts can be short on words and fair-to-poor at small talk.

4. Introverts prefer to handle all the parts of a multi-part task alone.

5. Introverts are sometimes more elaborate in written communication than in spoken communication.

6. Introverts do not like to think out loud or make decisions in front of people.


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