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The Power of Introverts April 9, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — rcgerhard @ 1:06 am

This past week for homework, we watched a TED talks video by Susan Cain titled The Power of Introverts.  This video is awesome. As an introvert myself,  and I found a lot of what she said to be true. The desk cluster situation she talks about for example,  I remember sitting in them in elementary school and wishing we had cubicles so I could get away from it all for a while. I also agree that social situations, such as parties can be exhausting rather than enjoyable or energizing. But overall I was mostly glad to see someone finally sticking up for introverts. Usually the term introvert is brought up as a negative. For example, how many times have you seen a TV interview of the neighbors of a discovered serial killer/rapist/criminal in which they describe him/her as an introvert? And yet when someone who is sociable and outgoing is discovered to be a serial killer/rapist/criminal everyone is shocked (or the story is spun that way) because they are sociable and outgoing. There definitely is an unwarranted bias there.


4 Responses to “The Power of Introverts”

  1. Abdul Says:

    Excellent points. Even way before we even develop complete personalities, if a kid doesn’t have a lot of friends, or doesn’t say much, it’s automatically assumed that he’s autistic. “Socially awkward” is another phrase you hear. I hope the book does help people to understand the difference, although there will always be a bias.
    Great post.

  2. Abdul Says:

    “Anti-social”, really, did you ever consider that i just don’t want to talk to you. (Just looked back at the picture, and it evoked my frustration.)

  3. kayfeif Says:

    It really was great to see someone say that being an introvert is okay. And the double standard is definitely something that we need to break.

  4. A.J. Stuart Says:

    Introverts get a bad rap. I think this is partly due to American expectations/ideals of outgoing expression. I wonder if other countries are made up of majority introverts?

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