If Introversion is a disease, then can I please get a disability so I don’t have to work with extroverts all the time? ~ Anonymous
In a Cat vs. Dog world where being outspoken is considered an advantage, inward-speaking Introverts have often been regarded as rather “difficult.”
But maybe the problem is not in the quieter, cat heart and mysterious ways of the introvert, or in their constant need to be alone. Maybe it lies in the either/or mentality that has been fueling our social imagination, for centuries.
Placing one above the other may be as absurd as pulling the Yin aside from the Yang or as the never-ending battle of the sexes.
Perhaps both, the cat and dog-hearted alike are needed to create a more complete, collaborative and effective human combination.
Susan Cain, author of the acclaimed Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, connects the silent dots:
This magical illustration of Susan’s message in two minutes, created by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce):
Speaker: Susan Cain
Artist: Molly Crabapple
Director: Jim Batt
Production Coordinator: Kim Boekbinder
“There’s a word for ‘people who are in their heads too much’: thinkers,” says Susan Cain in her Manifesto.
And here is a pocket guide on how to care for your dearest “thinkers:”
Based on Linda Kreger Silverman’s, On Introversion:
In my lifetime tendency to meow and purr, I’ve often been an example of Chris Jami‘s observation:
“In an extroverted society, the difference between an introvert and an extrovert is that an introvert is often unconsciously deemed guilty until proven innocent.”
Shall we change this?
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