In our modern society designed for maximum chaos and noise, the Extrovert Ideal is embraced as the appealing personality style to which we must conform to succeed, while introversion is rated a second class personality trait, a disappointment.
We live with a value system where the ideal self is gregarious, alpha and comfortable in the spotlight.
- To be great is to be bold.
- To be happy is to be sociable.
Yet, without introverts, the world would be devoid of
- the theory of gravity and relativity,
- Peter Pan,
- Charlie Brown,
- The Cat in the Hat,
- the iPhone and iPad.
Quiet by Susan Cain, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, counters misconceptions about introversion and while nothing new it is a quiet reminder to celebrate uniqueness and discard thoughts of inferiority. While rallying for those who whisper, rather than shout and suggest, rather than proclaim, it provides insight for the extrovert to see how the “other” side lives.
Introversion and extroversion interact with our other personality traits and personal histories, producing wildly different kinds of people – unique individuals.