The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, delivers a TED talk about introversion and its strengths. Many introverts spend a lot of time wishing they were extroverts–talk about a painful process. Society praises extroverts and, at times, seems to give messages to introverts that they must be out-going, funny, the life of the party. I challenge all of this. What makes introversion so uncomfortable for people?

I remember a few years ago I was at a party celebrating my friend’s recent engagement and graduation. I was sitting in a large (12 or so) group of people and 4 people were dominating the conversation. One of them, a man, looked at me and said, “Why are you so quiet?” I just smiled at him and shook my head. Really, though, I wanted to say, “Why do you talk SO MUCH?!”

Please watch/listen to this video and be encouraged, fellow introverts!

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