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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.)
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).
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.
“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.”