I am an introvert.
There. I said it.
It sounds like a confession—as if it’s a character flaw. It feels like one, even though I know it isn’t. I think that makes sense.
I still remember a day decades ago when I was a teenager, maybe 14 years old: My friend’s extroverted younger sister’s friend bounced up to me and asked me why I was so quiet.
“I guess some people talk while others think,” I responded without even thinking about it. I have no idea where the words came from.
The girl, an energetic redhead named Stacey, recoiled as if I had slapped her.
I didn’t mean to hurt her. The words had just come out—and without venom. However, there was some real wisdom in them—some incredible wisdom for a 14-year-old. Indeed, sometimes I think I was a whole lot smarter and wiser when I was that age. But that’s a whole other blog post while the purpose of this post is to share an amazing video on the power of introversion that I received in my inbox today from Mashable.com.
Introversion, for some reason, has been getting a fair amount of attention in the news media lately, and I’m glad to see it. Introversion, argue today’s pundits, is actually a positive trait that is shared by deeper thinkers.
Learn more in this great video: