I found a video about a month ago and had intended to write a post about it, but apparently life got in the way. I began doing other things and unfortunately closed the browser window I had the page saved in. Last night, while searching through various TED talks, I stumbled across the video once again. I watched it and I felt good – kind of like I was at home. That’s when I decided it may be worth sharing.
Introvert is almost a bad word these days. As Susan Cain describes in her talk, introverts are being squeezed out of society. It seems as though people simply don’t like them, or at the very least, feel uncomfortable around them. I suppose those who are “out there” more are more engaging and are more pleasurable to be around. I’m really not sure, but Susan claims many ideas in her talk and they make a lot of sense. More sense than I make.
I suggest you watch the video. It’ll shed light on a large part of our population and may educate you on why introverts act the way they do. As Susan says, “…at least one-third of the people we know are introverts,” so getting yourself up to speed on the basis of the actions of our friends and neighbors may turn out to be a noble endeavor.
Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts