I think it’s safe to say that I’m an introvert. Even among a hypothetical group of introverts, I might be considered an introvert. Conversely, in a group of extroverts, I could superficially pass for one of their kind as well. You see, I worked through my teen and early adult years learning how to integrate myself into the extrovert world…at least on occasion. It’s not at all easy and takes a great deal of emotional energy for me to do, but when the world or society requires it, I can be socially involved.
Given my druthers, however, I will work most of my waking hours alone in a quiet room. I find this environment energizing and life-affirming. I am, at my core, an unrepentant introvert.
I’m very thankful for fellow introvert, Susan Cain, who is forced out of her introversion to speak before the audience at TED. Her message that it’s OK to be quiet and thoughtful is welcome and important. Watch her to find out why.