“I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.”
More quotes attributed to Audrey Hepburn:
“I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.”
“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
She is among many creative people listed by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D., M.F.T. as “Famous Introverts.”
Introversion shares many qualities with the personality trait of high sensitivity.
In an interview with Dr. John Sheehan for the Mensa Education and Research Foundation: “Understanding and Appreciating Introverted Advantages” Dr. Laney talks about the trait of high sensitivity, as well as shyness.
Hear an audio clip in the article: Marti Olsen Laney on Introversion Advantages.
Excerpts from A toast to Audrey Hepburn, by Susan King, The Los Angeles Times Oct 22 2009:
‘Robert Wagner (who appeared with Hepburn in the 1987 TV movie “Love Among Thieves”) said: “She was in the moment – always.
“Those close-ups of her when she looks and you see into her eyes, there is no diffusion. You are looking into her soul and spirit.
“She had a great soul and she had great spirit of life.”
‘Peter Bogdanovich, who directed Hepburn in “They All Laughed,” found her to be “absolutely real.
“I mean, she looked in the other actors’ eyes and told the truth. She had a kind of purity and saintliness.
“The amazing thing about Audrey I found from working with her is that she was a very vulnerable person and very fragile emotionally.
“She was completely professional and she managed to somehow take that vulnerability and sensitivity and marshal it into something she can work with and convey on the screen.”‘
Shyness, and the traits of introversion and high sensitivity can overlap and interact, and we may experience all three.
See more in my article: Shyness, Introversion, Sensitivity – What’s the Difference?
For more on the personality trait of high sensitivity, see my Highly Sensitive site (has link to Dr. Elaine Aron’s self-test for high sensitivity).
Also see Highly Sensitive / Pinterest
“Having the self-reflective attitude means enjoying solitude to understand the essence of individuals’ own and others’ experiences and views.
“It starts with enjoying time alone to work on goals, and it is facilitated by connecting with nature.
“It helps them be objective about their feelings and make their own choices autonomously.
But, she warns, “self-reflective individuals might seem ‘withdrawn’ to some people.”
Elaine Aron, PhD comments that Cain’s very popular book “is actually more about HSPs (highly sensitive people) than social introverts” and “her discussion of ‘introversion’ throughout is almost identical to what has become the standard definition of high sensitivity.”
– From my article Creative Thinking and Being Introverted or Highly Sensitive, which includes a video of Cain.
Elaine Aron, PhD is author of the book The Highly Sensitive Person.
> See more books, articles etc:
Understanding the Highly Sensitivity Person: Sensitive, Introverted, or Both? – Extraverted HSPs face unique challenges. by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.