Introvert Pride!

We're quiet, we're proud, and we're a minority of the population.

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Introvert Pride!

Maybe you've seen somebody in your life lately reading a book called Quiet by Susan Cain. It seems to be getting passed around a lot and given as a gift to known introverts.

The argument of the book is that our world treats the extrovert as normal and the introvert as diseased and needing treatment. Cain says that attitude ignores the strengths of the introvert.

Work environments are often set up to punish the introvert's tendencies. You'd think that would change with our growing sophistication about personality types and with, in the White House, our most introverted president in many years. But it doesn't.

Today's show is about introverts, and it's probably worth noting that everybody who works regularly on this show, including me and Chion, is an introvert. It took an extrovert, Heather Brandon, to make the show happen. The rest of us here see introversion the way fish see water -- a natural state.

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E-mail from Elizabeth

I found this show interesting and figured I'd send over a quick email with my thoughts.

To add to the corporate America discussion, I feel that I do suffer at work for being an introvert. People are schmoozy and play politics and I can't get up and talk to someone, but when someone approaches me I do fine. But I end up getting to know people a lot more slowly and being less "popular" at work. I have to hold meetings- always over the phone- but I do OK with that because it's scripted in a sense.

The other thing I wanted to mention is that I'm a performing artist- a bellydancer. I dance professionally in addition to my day job. Generally I get the same surprised response when people who know me see a performance. "You're so demure," they'll remark, surprised at the contrasting expressiveness that comes out. What I'm getting at with this is that, due to my introversion or shyness, I'm not very expressive of myself or feelings. I heard the word "acting" on the show, and that's often how I feel in conversation. At first I was a reserved performer as well, but at this point I put my soul on the platter and serve it up hot. It is very freeing to have something expressive. To me, it serves as a strong communication. I am able to transmit a feeling or a mood and people respond in a way they certainly don't otherwise. This takes away somewhat the sense of otherness that I carry around.

Thanks for taking the time to read my input.