Many in my office would call themselves introvert. Actually, lots of my family would do the same. Yesterday we got talking about a book that’s just come out called ‘Quiet – The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Calin. It’s sold over 2 m copies and has been translated into 30 languages. In her book, she shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths
At least a third of us are on the introverted side. Some of the world’s most talented people are introverts. Without them, we wouldn’t have an Apple computer, the theory of relativity and Van Gogh’s sunflowers. I think we’d all agree, that the past has been owned more by the extroverts, that our quieter counterparts. Shyness, sensitivity and seriousness are often seen as being negative. This means that introverts feel reproached for being the way they are sometimes.
I know so many in this community are introverted, but it doesn’t get talked about or respected enough? Maybe it’s why some of you started your own small business? To get away from the workplace mostly full of extroverts? Big meetings, presentations, having to exert yourself to be heard. Corporate life rarely has true time to harness and respect the many different skills and personalities within their employees.
I love the illustration by @positivleypresentcalled ‘The Things Introverts Love’, where it lists – cancelling plans, solo activities, introspection, home, re-charging, rainy days, deep conversation and text messages.
But as @mapologyguides recently mentioned (and I would agree here), we all have an extrovert and introvert side in us. But, what most see is our dominant side and that’s what we all recognise and identify with. But we should all remember, as much as being analytical and creative (which we all have the ability to be!), we all have the introvert and extrovert gene. What’s been your experience of this world? Thank you @knitforvictory for 📷