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Shy, Unconfident, Solitary: There Are Many Popular Conceptions of Introversion, Most of Them Negative, But the Reality Is Far Mo


Science & Tech  (tags: Shy, unconfident, solitary: there are many popular concept, most of them negative, but the reality is far more complicated )

Agnes
- 917 days ago - guardian.co.uk
Our lives are shaped as profoundly by personality as by gender or race. And the single most important aspect of personality - the "north and south of temperament", as the scientist JD Higley puts it - is where we fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum.



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Penelope P. (222)
Friday March 16, 2012, 1:18 am
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today we make room for a remarkably narrow range of personality styles. We're told that to be great is to be bold, to be happy is to be sociable. Closet introverts pass undetected on playgrounds and in corporate corridors. Some fool even themselves, until some life event redundancy, an empty nest, an inheritance that frees them to spend time as they like jolts them into taking stock of their true natures."

Actually I suspect that despite Jung we are all ambi-verts with habits
 

Joe R. (189)
Friday March 16, 2012, 2:45 am
Interesting. Thanks.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Friday March 16, 2012, 3:40 am
Thanks.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Friday March 16, 2012, 6:21 am
Thanks for the post.
 

Shalvah Landy (0)
Friday March 16, 2012, 7:28 am
Thank you Agnes for the post!
What a shocker, people just don't all fit the mold!
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday March 16, 2012, 9:44 am
I'm a die hard introvert and proud of it. Thanks Agnes.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Friday March 16, 2012, 10:56 am
Yes, isn't it nice someone has put people into two categories, the 'introvert' or the 'extrovert' and then given each one various 'personality traits' and 'symptoms' and 'behaviors' etc. A very nice creation. Of course a person couldn't just be be introverted at the moment or in certain ways and extroverted at some other moment in other certain ways. They're not just BEING introverted (which means looking inward too closely) or BEING extroverted (which means looking outward). And what about somebody who is half and half, or somewhat introverted, somewhat extroverted. Nope, you gotta fit into the categories that someone has created lol.
Life must be great when all humanity is simply a categorization and assemblage of various behaviours into various categories and given various labels.
Which is the activity of Psychiatry and Modern Psychology.

 

DORIS L. (61)
Friday March 16, 2012, 1:34 pm
Thank you
 

Dave C. (214)
Friday March 16, 2012, 2:18 pm
proud introvert.....I feel bad for my children who are both introverts and have cousins who are extroverts....can anyone guess who feels they don't get appreciated as much by our extended extroverted family???
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday March 16, 2012, 2:24 pm
Interesting Thx!
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday March 16, 2012, 2:24 pm
and noted
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Friday March 16, 2012, 3:18 pm
and let us not forget, Baum - the writer of the Oz books, and J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye. Two famous introverts.
 

Vicky Locke (3)
Friday March 16, 2012, 3:39 pm
Thought provoking... thanks, Agnes.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Friday March 16, 2012, 3:49 pm
I am a closet Leo/extrovert. I usually can throw an extrovert act together. I tend to pick men who are introverts and less likely to be skirt chasers and loud mouthed fools. Then I become the talker, and partier of the two. With extroverted men, I sink into the floor or slink into the shadows (whichever is closest).
Charles Schultz also was an introvert as was his Charlie Brown.
 

Kate Kenner (200)
Friday March 16, 2012, 3:53 pm
I call myself a social hermit-contradictory I know. I am fine being around people and am friendly but I can only spend a limited tie around them and then I need to get away. I also don't like lots of noise or bright lights.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 16, 2012, 4:04 pm
I am a bit of a loner at times, I am happy on my own, working away at my politics . . . but I also enjoy my job which is very much to do with people.
 

Danny M. (82)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 6:48 am
Interesting, thank you Agnes!
 

William K. (328)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 8:22 am
Introverts rule!
 

Sue Matheson (71)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 9:34 am
unconfident? is there such a word? really?
 

Dee C. (9)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 1:50 pm
Very interesting! Thank you.
 

Ra Sc (8)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 3:33 pm
In general, it is important for people to recognize that they will be happier if they do what they enjoy rather than doing what they think they ought to enjoy. Unfortunately, most articles and pieces of advice assume that people don't vary too much. You see it on care2 all the time with tons of tips and rarely even a mention that they won't apply to all people.
 

Carmen S. (611)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 4:04 pm
thanks Agnes, I lean very far into the introverted category, and this is very interesting
 

Carol H. (229)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 6:04 pm
noted, thank you Agnes
 

KS Goh (0)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 1:33 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Raymond G. (12)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 5:03 am
A good read. Introvert/extrovert, either or exhibits the other also, as both exist in all!
 

Frank S. (456)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 6:27 am
I'm both an introvert-extrovert type, I think balance is important in life. However, being a writer-thinker type, I love the introvert side the most, probably because I can create my own universe and people it with my own creations,lol.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 8:21 am
Very interesting article thank you Agnes. And tank you Olivia for making me aware.

To get closer in understanding our personality types I trust we need more elements, like the Myers-Briggs personality type system is giving us. Hence, apart from our introversion/extroversion, we must include how we prefer to perceive our reality: are we mainly using our sensing or intuitive ability. Moreover, we are diverse in how we judge: do we prefer to use our feelings or our thinking. In addition, we differ in which perception and judgement we use in our outside world and which we use in our inner world. Hence, apart from being extroverts and introverts there are more categories, which indeed makes us very diverse. Isabel Briggs Myers found there to be 16 in total. Besides, some people have developed their weaker part and achieved to become more balanced having an adequate ability to use their alternative skills. That is beyond doubt what we should all strive for whether we are introverts or extroverts. However, in a patriarchal world like ours extroversion, sensing and thinking are far preferred skills. These skills therefore tends to be exaggerated and prioritized, undervaluing and dominating the introverted, intuitive and feeling skills. This leads to people with unbalanced energies and values, who are choosing poor action, with little concern for the consequences. This is in my best opinion the root cause of our many global crises: we lack balance in our energies
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 10:22 am
Thanks. Most interesting
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 10:33 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 12:31 pm

Loved this article, Agnes. Thanks for posting it.

Yes, individual personalities are far too complex to be categorized. But, that's what makes getting to know (to the extent any one person can understand another) a person so interesting.

 

Diane Piecara (14)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 2:45 pm
I love this article. I like feeling validated. Thanks.
 

Elaine Al Meqdad (228)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 3:46 pm
We are products of our environment, especially in our formative years. However, just because we may have had traumatic lives, does not mean we a re compelled to remain in them! The same goes that one may be born into poverty, but there is NO law that states one must remain so. Now where there has been severe stress related incidents there are a number of very popular and highly productive medications available to alleviate much of the anxiety that exists because of such. But I might add that one has to be willing to seek out that help if they are to ever overcome and enjoy a peaceful mindset and quality of life!
 

Henriette Matthijssen (145)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 6:31 pm
Interesting article! Thanks Agnes.
 

Nirmal Awal (10)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 9:46 pm
A good test
 

Heidi Aubrey (4)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 10:36 pm
The name calling for me was "oh, your just book smart". What the hell? Do they think making Honor Society, then Deans List year after year was some kind of attribute like hair color? Then why couldn't/ didn't they do the same to show me up? When I was hired into a very good position I heard it again, this time from my suboordinates. Go figure.
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Monday March 19, 2012, 6:46 am
Introverts are more aware of the subtle nuances of society. You always learn more by listening than by talking.
 

june t. (65)
Monday March 19, 2012, 10:51 pm
very interesting, thanks for the article.
 
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