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The Multi-Faceted Lives of Introverts

It is not uncommon for introverts to not be seen as team players, which can prevent them from climbing the ladder of success.

It is not uncommon for introverts to not be seen as team players, which can prevent them from climbing the ladder of success.

From harnessing the power of social media to celebrity encounters, in today’s world the pressure is on to be an extrovert, rather than an introvert. And, many view introverts as being the ‘underdog,’ but is this really the case? Of course not, this is just one of the many misconceptions about this particular group of people. A few more are explained below.

The Two Contenders

To fully delve into this article, we must first distinguish the difference between an extrovert and an introvert. An extrovert simply means an outgoing person. An introvert is someone who enjoys keeping to themselves. But, introverts sometimes get a bad rap because they can be perceived as being self-centered, which may not necessarily be the case.

Separate, but Equal

As humans we are wired to have fun and take a load off. With this in mind, some non introverts believe introverts don’t let their hair down, ever. This assumption is totally false because introverts may not have fun on the same scale as extroverts do, but there is still plenty of fun to be had by introverts. Moreover, fun for introverts tends to manifest itself in the form of them being low-key. In many instances, introverts don’t include a multitude of people in their lives. Some also may not include anyone at all.

Our careers are very important to us, but being labeled an introvert on the career front can have a negative connotation to it. Why? It is not uncommon for introverts to not be seen as team players, which can prevent them from climbing the ladder of success. This is another untruth because all kinds of individuals make up organizations. These individuals are as unique as the skill set they can bring to the table. Moreover, once an introvert is given the chance to function as a member of the team, many do not shy away from this responsibility and actually can be productive members, contributing to projects for the betterment of the organization.

While some introverts may be perceived as being anti-social or shy this, again, isn’t the case for all. Introverts as a whole are not fearful of people. However, they do need a reason to interact with others; you rarely will find an introvert who interacts just to do it. The best way to get an introvert to come out of his or her shell is to just talk to them. You’d be surprised by how some introverts may be willing to engage in meaningful conversation.

The Truth and Nothing But

One could spend hours, weeks, days, exploring the lives of introverts alone. In short, introverts have the tendency to be viewed as being self-absorbed, dull, boring and listless, to name a few. If you are still unsure about whether this stereotype is true, all you have to do is dig a little deeper to find out your answers. How do you feel about the extrovert versus introvert debate?

Web Links:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-introverts-corner/201208/hurtful-misconceptions-across-the-introvert-extrovert-divide

-Kimberly Williams

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