Caring for Your Introvert

Some have a mistaken belief that introverts (whom account more than a third of the population) have some type of terrible condition. Hardly. But it’s not a lack of being able to communicate (many introverts are great communicators and often make better leaders than extroverts) or being ‘shy’, but somebody who finds, for example, socialisation best in moderation.

A person who converses when there’s actually something worthwhile to say, rather than just for the sake of hearing their own voice or trying too hard to participate. Somebody who recharges when they have time to think or reflect in peace, away from the chaos. People like Gandhi, Al Gore, Spielberg, even entertainment characters like Steve Martin and David Letterman. 

“The worst of it is that extroverts have no idea of the torment they put us through. Sometimes, as we gasp for air amid the fog of their 98-percent-content-free talk, we wonder if extroverts even bother to listen to themselves. Still, we endure stoically, because the etiquette books—written, no doubt, by extroverts—regard declining to banter as rude and gaps in conversation as awkward. We can only dream that someday, when our condition is more widely understood, when perhaps an Introverts’ Rights movement has blossomed and borne fruit, it will not be impolite to say “I’m an introvert. You are a wonderful person and I like you. But now please shush.”

Caring for Your Introvert

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