The Power of Introverts

Recognising the power of introverts

It seems that modern society prizes the extrovert above the introvert.

the power of introvertsAs a society we encourage people to be more outgoing, to socialise and tend to look down on those who prefer a quieter, more introverted lifestyle.

Whether you are extrovert or introvert depends on how you react to social stimulus. Extroverts tend to crave a high level of stimulus while introverts are more comfortable in environments where there is a low level of stimulus.

So to function at our best we need to have the right level of stimulus.

While it is widely recognised that the most creative people tend to be introverts, our modern educational institutions and workplaces favour extroverts. For example the movement  away from individual workstations, both in schools and offices, and towards open plan offices and children working in groups, does not create the best environment for introverts.

It’s estimated that 1/3 to 1/2 of the world’s population is made up of introverts.

In this Ted Talk video Susan Cain gives us a fascinating insight into being an introvert and calls for the power of introverts to be recognized, encouraged and celebrated.

The Power of Introverts – Susan Cain

Now you’ve enjoyed this video you will be interested to know Susan Cain has also written a book about being an introvert – click the link below

Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

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One Response to The Power of Introverts

  1. gold price says:

    I think many people who are introverted walk around thinking that they’re just not good enough or lacking something because they don’t light up a room when they walk into it or don’t exude confidence and control when giving a presentation. This book tell us exactly why this is wrong. First, our culture has converted from one that focused on character to one that focuses on personality. This occurred near the end of the 19th century, as consumerism began to grow as a result of the success of the industrial revolution. What became important was not substance but style. We all needed to become salespeople, not only of products, but of ourselves. Needless to say this type of environment was not one where introverts, who tend to like solitude, quiet and introspection, could thrive. The big men on campus became the big men on campus – the outgoing, backslapping, people persons. The rest of us would feel as if we were second best. Not so, says the author because introverts have a lot to offer – they are the ones who come up with innovative and creative ideas because these are more likely to come in introvert environments; introverts can be better leaders because they are more cautious and take more perspectives into accounts, for example. So if you are an introvert, stop feeling bad about yourself because you’re not the life of the party or a charismatic speaker; instead, feel good about yourself because of all you have to offer.

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