Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert?
It really does take all types to make the world go round. For some unknown reason I often find myself surrounded by extroverts, socialites, dominant characters who demand attention from others in one way or another. Basically, all my closest companions have been and still are now my polar opposites. Maybe there is truth to the "opposites attract" theory? Extroverts make up three-quarters of the population, blasting their way through life, whilst the minority commonly referred to as "the loners"... slip through life in a more discrete way.
A Different Outlook
Introverts vs Extroverts
Extroverted people need stimulation. They savor social interaction and often being alone for any more than two hours for these types of people, is almost impossible to accomplish. They seem to bore of themselves quickly, which then see's them seeking social interaction of some kind....any kind.
Introverted people require solitude to process thoughts and events. MRI studies have proven that too many people, large crowds and noise, often cause over stimulation of an introverts brain, making them weary and causing them to seek personal space and solitude.
It is a widely held belief that most introverts are shy and actually fear social contact; however this is not normally the truth. Most loners do have friends, work colleagues, partners and are open to relationships, it is just that they don't rely on them. They are happy to be with their own company and thrive on doing just that...exactly the same way as extroverts thrive on having others around them.
Positive Characteristic Traits Of The Introvert
Amanda Guyer, a psychologist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland has found that "loners", have an increased sensitivity when it comes to emotional interactions and sensory cues. This can mean that they often find pleasures where others can't. Loners spend a lot of time in thought and come to know themselves very well. They are very astute at observing the world and the people around them, almost making it seem like they have a kind of emotional antennae. They can notice subtleties that other people miss and can respond quickly, coming to people's side in times of need and showing an abundance of empathy towards friends when the going gets tough.
Introverts can be known for showing much talent in areas that require creativity and originality and can gain huge amounts of enjoyment from any endeavors that ask for them to utilise these positive traits.
They are well suited for careers that require them to use their highly tuned observation skills such as scientific research and writing.
Some noted famous introverts are Emily Dickinson, Sir Issac Newton, Stanley Kubrick, Albert Einstein, Warren Buffett, Frederick Chopin, Charles Darwin, Mahatma Gandhi, Al Gore, Larry Page (co-founder of Google), Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, J.K Rowling, Steven Spielberg and Steve Wozniak.
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Introverts In The World Of Business
Author, Susan Cain, obliterates the commonly held view that extroverts make better leaders than introverts in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Cain points out that it is important for the world to differentiate between those who are outspoken and those who are truly leaders. This goes along with statements made by Harvard Business School Professor, Quinn Mills. Mills believes that extroverts are often more prone to taking risks, and that their actions can be less than fully thought out. He is also quoted as saying “We need leaders who build not their own ego, but the institutions around them.” Those are pretty strong words, but it is starting to become the trend now, to realise that introverts may actually have a lot to offer the business world and society in general. Why has it taken so long to realise this? It's obvious isn't it?
The Silent Introvert
Sometimes Needs To Be Heard
Don't dismiss the quiet ones, you would probably be surprised at the depth of a topic that can be touched upon whilst making the effort to converse with an introverted person.
A Preferential Choice Or Enforcement?
A final thought, maybe it's time that introverts and extroverts try to learn from each other, draw on one and others good points and meet somewhere on a peaceful island that's middle ground...but I guess that would be an introverts meeting place, the extrovert opting for the party held tonight on the corner of 9th and Main.