How Society Misjudges Introverts

The word “introvert” can have a negative connotation to it. People who are considered introverted may be perceived as:

  • anti-social
  • stand-offish
  • awkward, or
  • rude.

However, the majority of introverts are anything but those traits. There are introverts who are outgoing. There are introverts who work with the public and like it. There are even introverts who like parties.

Introversion has become somewhat of a hot topic ever since Susan Cain’s bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, debuted a couple of years ago.

Cain explains, “We live with a value system that I call the Extrovert Ideal— the omnipresent belief  that the ideal self is gregarious, alpha, and comfortable in the spotlight. Introverts living under [this] are like women in a man’s world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are.”

Oftentimes, it seems introverts feel the need to apologize just for being who they are. It may not be as glamorous as extroversion, but what’s wrong with with liking alone time?

News Tribuner columnist Michelle Ryder writes, “As a society we might idealize the extrovert, but at least a third (or half, depending on who you ask) of us are introverts. That means a lot of us are faking it. If you are an introvert, know that you are not alone.”

So, let’s trash the stereotype that introverts are cold-hearted, lonely people. Instead, let’s embrace the unique way introverts, the dreamers of society, view the world.

“It’s not loneliness but freedom.”

Featured image credit: Natesh Ramasamy

Video: BuzzFeed

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