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Why the world needs introverts

**helen****helen** Mod malarkistPosts: 9,235 Listening Ear
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One of my friends sent me this article by email, as essentially I'm an introvert who is on occasion mistaken for an extrovert :)

I kind of wish someone had written and sent me this article when I was about 12 years-old, but at the same time, there does seem to be something amiss...so I was wondering what you guys think...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/mar/13/why-the-world-needs-introverts

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Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    What's amiss is everything between the poles: viewing the world through that article's eyes presents a rather over-simplified, binary picture. The notion that one as a whole - or aspects of one's personality - can be so easily categorised should be viewed with great suspicion. As should anything that re-brands hitherto self-perceived flaws and lacking as newly found depths and virtue.

    ETA: I'm all for introspection, but it has to be done honestly and with one eye always looking out for demagoguery.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You should read up on Myers Briggs, I think you'd find it interesting.

    It ties in for me with the second part of the article. I'm an extrovert- I love being around people and need that buzz- but I'm really very shy in real life.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    interesting one...

    I'm incredibly introspective in my thoughts, yet I can be a total show off creatively and I dress flamboyantly...theres not polar opposites
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    She also did a video for people too lazy to read. I know you extroverts find it difficult to concentrate for too long.
  • **helen****helen** Mod malarkist Posts: 9,235 Listening Ear
    She also did a video for people too lazy to read. I know you extroverts find it difficult to concentrate for too long.

    I prefer the Ted Talk actually - way more balanced, thanks for sharing.

    "Stop the group work madness." :lol:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeah that video was really interesting. Thanks for link :-)
  • Starry nightStarry night Incredible Poster Posts: 674
    Wow. For years in school I felt that way. I agree with the groupwork thing, it can be hell for shy kids. Even now, in my Geography class (none ofmy friends took it bcos thye hated the teacher and the poeple who do it) I prefer working by myself. The independent introverts-whoo hoo!:heart:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm naturally an introvert, but my job requires me to be an extrovert. When I'm not required to speak, I generally stay quiet. I prefer to listen and observe.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Fiend my twin, you're back!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hello G-man. Looking forward to our birthday in a couple of months? I've attempted to book the week after off work so I can go round my mates trolling for presents.

    Also, on topic. I'm an introvert.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Im getting two weeks off from work for my birthday, cant wait.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm an introvert. I've already ordered her book, I was just waiting for it to be released :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I read this article (I think last week) and it really just recapped everything I understand from MBTI. Had I not known about MBTI I might have been surprised, or felt I learned something new, but thankfully I learned to accept my introverted/extroverted tendencies and to see that I had a place in the world, even if I wasn't the go getter business tycoon or soccer mum who socialises like a nutter type a few years back.


    Up until then I always believed something was wrong with me. I'm glad that the whole introvert thing is becoming a bit more public again as an issue. Many of my friends have no interest in MBTI, and just don't seem to understand that I like to be alone, and I like to think about things a lot.

    I don't need them to drag me out of my shell, in fact that way lies the road to ruin. :rolleyes:
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