Introvert or Extrovert, two words that characterize a person in one fell swoop. Well, which one are you? I’ll tell you the answer…Neither! You are neither. I am neither. “There is no such thing as a pure extrovert or a pure introvert. Such a man would be in a lunatic asylum.” – Carl Jung.
My dad recommended “Quiet” to me after discussing with him how a lot of times I felt overshadowed, unheard and invisible by others who are louder than me. Feeling invisible is something that I have struggled with my whole life. It got to the point where it was impacting my self worth a lot.
“That where we stumble is where our treasure lies”
This book helped me realize that I am perfect the way I am! Our country is known for being extroverted when in reality about half the United States (depending on the study) is classified as introverted. A famous introvert in history was Rosa Parks who stood up for something right in an introverted manner. Another example, Gahndi, taught that ‘passivity was not weakness at all.’
I took the quiz in the book on whether I was more introverted or extroverted. Unsurprisingly I scored equal in introvert and extrovert qualities (which is called an ambivert). Gare took the quiz as well, and scored slightly more introvert than extrovert.
Introversion and extroversion can be very situational. At home one could be more of an extrovert, whereas when they are out with other people he/she doesn’t know they can be more introverted. This happens to everyone.
In such an extroverted culture, introverts may feel an intense amount of pressure to be different than who they truly are because how they act may be perceived as weird and shy. Introversion DOES NOT mean you are shy! Introverts are thinkers, more reserved, they take calculated risks, they are wonderful employees and employers. Extroverts also have their important place in society. We need each other!
Introverts are not necessarily smarter than extroverts though! Einstein, an introvert, once said, ” It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s that I stay with problems longer.” Introverts tend to take more time and persistence in solving problems than do extroverts.
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
I absolutely loved reading this book. It was motivational for me to accept who I am, and magnify it. It was inspirational in how I perceived others and the way they act toward me as well. I have gained a greater understanding of the need of introverts in society, the work force, and at home. Essentially, I learned to be completely true to who I am, find balance in my own life, and that nothing else matters.
Check it out, and let me know how you like it!