I recently read an article on Yahoo! Shine called, “Confessions of Introverts: They’re Not as Shy as You Think.” Isn’t it interesting how introverts are treated as if they have been hiding something? Or, is it just that we are so misunderstood by society?
Hi. My name is Brent and I’m an introvert. *gasp*!
We have many recent books and articles to thank for “outing” us introverts (see Quiet, by Susan Cain for the prime example). Is it now becoming en vogue to be an introvert? Just like being gluten-free or composting? It may not be that easy of course, since we aren’t choosing to be an introvert. We just are. However, it warms my heart to know that we’re becoming more understood and not just associated with serial killers and librarians. (No offense, you extroverted serial killers.)
Here are a couple of my favorite “confessions”:
Extroverts aren’t really so bad: “Even though I prefer to surround myself with a small, close-knit group, many of those in my circle are extroverts. I enjoy their energy, conversation, and charisma. I even married an extrovert! My husband surrounds himself with friends, loves to talk, and is usually the center of attention. I love him for this.” – Darcy Chappel
They’re shy. So what? “I’m shy, not broken. I’m not ‘Tiffini from marketing’ with her stilettos and neon skinny jeans. Accept that. Don’t tell me to ‘fake it ’till I make it’ or ‘just be yourself.’ I am being myself. And myself does not need to impress anyone in order to feel content. I can be a whole person and still prefer to stay home, drink tea, and watch a ‘Gilmore Girls’ marathon.” – Sarah Aiken
Do you have your own confessions? Maybe we need some extroverts to make some confessions while we’re at it. Like, they secretly wish they could just stop talking and enjoy the silence!