Introversion—along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness—is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology. Introverts living under 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.” -Susan Cain, Quiet (2012)
I just recently started Susan Cain’s Quiet, a non-fiction book exploring the benefits of introverted people, and it’s already sounding close to home. I’m a quiet person myself and, while I would never say I’m in constant persecution, I have definitely experienced the kind of culture that she describes here. I’ve often wondered why introverted people are sometimes seen as unintelligent or indecisive, instead of thoughtful.
Are you introverted or extroverted? Do you think introverts have certain disadvantages in society? Let me know what you think below.