The Big Think

November 12, 2013

High i

Filed under: Disclosure,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 4:35 pm

Caring for Your Introvert – Jonathan Rauch – The Atlantic:

“The worst of it is that extroverts have no idea of the torment they put us through. Sometimes, as we gasp for air amid the fog of their 98-percent-content-free talk, we wonder if extroverts even bother to listen to themselves. Still, we endure stoically, because the etiquette books—written, no doubt, by extroverts—regard declining to banter as rude and gaps in conversation as awkward. We can only dream that someday, when our condition is more widely understood, when perhaps an Introverts’ Rights movement has blossomed and borne fruit, it will not be impolite to say ‘I’m an introvert. You are a wonderful person and I like you. But now please shush.'”

Funny and insightful. As a closet introvert who plays extrovert very well, I can definitely sympathize with his arguments.

Introverts of the world: UNITE! Or not, if you don’t feel sociable.

1 Comment »

  1. Heh! Of course, as creative people, you and I are *both* I and E. That other article is spot-on about the weird contradictions of the creative life. Meanwhile, everyone who’s ever gone from a 4-hour afternoon of reading to conducting a roomful of 200 sorority girls can no doubt attest that the best introvert to care for is one’s own.

    Comment by barrybrake — November 13, 2013 @ 2:35 am

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