Six months ago I confessed to being an introvert. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting about what that means in practical terms. I want to let you know right up front that I am not an expert, but I am sharing my experiences and personal study with you.
Introverts are everywhere, but I think we are probably one of the most misunderstood minorities on the planet. As far as I can tell, there aren’t any definitive figures to say how many of us are out there, but generally you seem to find more of us in the arts community and in academia.
Here are some ways you can spot an introvert:
- you think the person is “too serious”
- they like to spend a lot of time alone
- they don’t do small talk
- they appear uncomfortable in groups of people, but are often good public speakers
- you consider this person aloof, rude, or maybe arrogant
- they like to have long conversations about feelings or ideas
- they have to be dragged to parties or social events
Do you know someone that fits the bill? Chances are you know an introvert.
To an extrovert these things add up to a condition that requires medication to correct. To an introvert this is every day life. This is not a disease to be cured or managed. It’s the way we were created. Through this series of posts I hope to bring some awareness, not only for extroverts needing to know how to relate to an introvert, but for introverts who sometimes struggle to function well in a world where we are largely misunderstood.
Next time we’ll be looking at what defines an introvert from their perspective. What defines an extrovert. What is shyness and why it’s not the same as introversion.
Are you an introvert? Do you know and introvert?