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.
The Power of Introverts April 9, 2012