Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.
“You cannot escape us, and to change us would lead to your demise.” <– I made that up. I’m a screenwriter.
It can be terribly destructive for an Introvert to deny themselves in order to get along in an Extrovert-Dominant World. Like other minorities, Introverts can end up hating themselves and others because of the differences. If you think you are an Introvert, I recommend you research the topic and seek out other Introverts to compare notes. The burden is not entirely on Introverts to attempt to become “normal.” Extroverts need to recognize and respect us, and we also need to respect ourselves.
Truth. Like I said in my About Me post, I hated the fact that I couldn’t socialize like my friends could. Now, I have finally learned that is ok. I don’t need to. One of the points of this blog, not only to share mine and others’ stories, is that I want extroverts to understand introverts and the way we work. For them to stop getting mad just because we don’t feel like going out. To understand that it is not a reflection of our relationship.
So I encourage you to share this with your extroverted friends, there are links down below. If you are an extrovert, I thank you, for delving into my mind and sharing this with me. I encourage you to share your stories with me. Everyone. Introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between.