The Power of Introverts
I just read ‘Independent Me’ by Dan Antion
His post inspired the sharing of this video for #JusJoJul
Introducing Susan Cain, who makes being an introvert sound awesome.
(because being an Introvert IS awesome)
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i always tried so hard to go against my natural introvert ways. i thought fitting in meant being an extrovert but thank you for posting this i am going to read this asap!
The Power of Introverts has become one of my favorite books, and I especially enjoy recommending it to other introverts who are wondering if there is something wrong with them because they enjoy being at home by themselves reading a good book over coffee. I was recently chatting with an extroverted friend who was asking me what there was to do in the area of the National Park I was going to vacation in. When I explained excitedly that I was going to camp and hike and read and write, she looked puzzled and asked “yes, but what is there to do?” It made me laugh because I realized how differently we were motivated; she by the social energy of others around her, and me by the solitude of a beautiful place and the sounds of a campfire. One is not better than the other; just different.
Ah, I have been called an introvert (by everyone and anyone who even vaguely knows me) so many times that I don’t take it in a disapproving manner anymore. Watching this made me so happy and immensely proud of myself for no reason whatsoever. Thanks so much for sharing. ❤
You’re welcome! I loved it too!
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LOVE this one. It is difficult to explain to people why I don’t socialize or seek out large groups of friends because that’s what is “expected”. It is also equally difficult to describe why I get so frustrated by incompetence.
And it ‘IS’ expected in society, isn’t it?
That’s one of the reasons I posted the video because when I watched it, I was thrilled with the positive perceptions of what it is to be; even in part, an ‘introvert’
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
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It is a good hard hit topic, there is always an outstanding reason/s for every personality. As it is very important respecting every personality, Collaboration should also be encouraged to produce best results at work places and schools. I have difficulties defending myself as an introvert sometimes, but now I have more reasons to be who I am.
Yes I think you have made some very valid points.
Introversion, because it comes with such negative connotations in mainstream society generally speaking, can be more a of a challenge for individuals because they can get a sense of ‘I need to be fixed’
This is not the case. Just because someone is an introvert does not mean that they cannot work in a team if required, as such skills are often something that need to be practiced for most of us (introvert or not) it just might take a little more effort ( or alot).
I find that collaboration in schools and workplaces is already common practice, though rarely hear about ‘Individual Reflection Time’ – which I think could be something that comes in very handy.
Thanks for your comment 🙂
I’m still recovering from trying to expand into the extrovert mold. In the latter part of my teaching career, I began to see how we do the same thing in classrooms. Excellent topic and video. Love TEDtalks.
This Ted talk was very profound to me, because there are times when I am very introverted and prefer to be alone and experiencing quiet and thought.
There is such a negative connotation around that, like it is something that needs to be fixed. This is not the case, and the Ted Talk really helped reinforce Introverts just are – and they are valued and important and it’s okay.
Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment 🙂
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I think there are times that you need to exert yourself and there times that it is better keep to yourself. I think I agreed with the speaker that there is no real introvert/extrovert.
Yes, I too agree!
The wonderful thing I found with this video is that it helps to overcome alot of the negative connotations directly associated with behaving in a way described as introverted.
It is very encouraging 🙂
Thanks for this post Miss Lou. I loved Susan Cain’s book The Quiet.
this video was a good overview. Now . . . what can you find on empaths ~ Highly Sensitive Persons?
I still have not read the book ‘The Quiet’, but I do have intentions of buying it. That’s almost the same. Right? lol
This video breaks down those negative connotations associated with being an ‘Introvert’.
When it comes to empathy, I think it also overlaps with compassion (OR they can go hand in hand) and I know in the christian faith, I have heard my Pastor discuss ‘Gifts of the Spirit’ The gift of Compassion is one of those. Some Sources to reference:
Click to access Compassion.pdf
Of course this may not apply to you or those in your life, but it is very interesting none-the-less.
Thanks for your comment 🙂
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Introverts rule. 🙂 But extroverts and ambiverts are cool too.
They surely are!!
Very interesting video Miss Lou, I watched snippets as I’m tired, I’ll come back and watch properly tomorrow.
Only really something to watch if you are interested in the world of introverts Jen… *huggles*
Thanks for dropping by
Your welcome, I’ve always been an extrovert, but of late turning into the opposite. Xx hugs
Chin up, look forward, for times never last forever!
It’s a very long road hun, I trip on pebbles then boulders. I may email tomorrow.. Hugs x