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Introverts in an Extraverted World

In the extraverted world we live in, introverts are oftentimes considered “weird.” In extreme cases, they may have been considered “outcasts.” Many labels are placed upon these quiet and deep-thinking individuals, yet the world needs them to balance out the louder and more outspoken type of individuals, known as “extraverts.”

How many introverts are out there? Many studies have resulted differently: 25 percent, 50 percent, or even 57 percent of the world population are introverts. No one knows for sure how many they actually are in general population, but among gifted individuals, introverts are the majority. Of course, not all introverts are gifted.

If you think all introverts are shy, well think again. Introversion has nothing to do with being shy or shyness. The latter is about being awkward, uncomfortable, and doesn’t like being around people. Many introverts are comfortable around many people. The main difference between an introvert and an extravert is the source of their energy.

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  • March 24, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Thank you. I love this article. I am finding that the more I develop spiritually the more introverted I become. And I am now actually proud of being more introverted! For reasons exactly like you list in your article: it is the source of my strength and creativity. I used to say I am an introverted extra err, now I think I’m an extraverted introvert. It is a continuum after all

  • March 28, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Finally we introverts are being understood – by some at least! I was an introverted child and was bullied and made to feel bad about my quietness. I grew up thinking ‘quiet’ or ‘thoughtful’ equalled ‘bad’. I lost all my self-esteem and just couldn’t cope with the extroverted worlds of college, most jobs and most social situations. Luckily I finally found an area of work that suited me and met some wonderful new friends and eventually my lovely introverted and amazingly talented husband. Now in middle age I love my introversion as it is what enables me to pursue the creative career I adore and have the deep and amazing friends that I have. The scars from my early experiences at the hands of those ignorant extrovert peers and teachers(I’d go as far as describing it as emotional abuse)are still there,but these days I have the insight to know they are the ones with the problem!


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