A little love for introverts: Image explanations to share

As more and more people are coming to understand, introversion isn’t a bad thing at all — it’s just not extroversion.

Part of the fuel for this fire comes from the confusion about what “being introverted” actually means. (Hint: It’s not about whether or not you’re shy.)

A little love for introverts - Image explanations you can share

Introvert or extrovert? A one-question quiz
It’s been a long day, and you need to unwind and recharge. What will do that the best?

a) Going out to dinner than having a fun night out with some of your best friends.
b) Staying home, watching TV, taking a long bath, and going to bed early.

An extrovert would answer (a), while introverts would typically vote for (b).

Essential differences

Introverts tend to need time alone to restore their energy — as opposed to extroverts/extraverts, who get a boost from being with others. (Of course, nobody is 100 percent one or the other, but most people tip to one side of the scale.)

The problem comes from the fact that introverts tend to be less visible, less gregarious… and their input — particularly on the job — is often not as appreciated as it probably should be.

“Introversion — along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness — is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology,” explains Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

Introverts living in the Extrovert Ideal are like women in a man’s world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are. Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we’ve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform.”

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With that in mind, below are a few image texts to pin and share — all helping show a little love for the introvert in you.

Introversion doesn’t need to be cured

“Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking



Don't think of introversion as something that needs to be cured

Introvert Audrey Hepburn on time 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.” – Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn - introvert refuel

 

Introverts prefer to work independently

“Introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation

They call us lonely when we’re really just alone

“They call us lonely when we’re really just alone.” – Aztec Camera, Oblivious

They call us lonely when we're really just alone

 

Anaïs Nin: We lost our center

“Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.” – Anaïs Nin

Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts



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