The challenges of introversion

Quiet people have the loudest minds.

Stephen Hawking

There are so many deep rooted myths about introversion in the society, that it is difficult to uproot them within a short span of time. Introverts are often stereotyped as shy, and boring people. Well, there is a lot that we need to understand about introverts, and eventually make the world a better place for them.

Introversion is a personality trait, and it is the innate characteristic of a person. It is a more or less fixed aspect of our personality. Unlike extroverts, introverts are generally drained out by too much socializing, and derive energy from spending time alone. But, that does not mean that they do not ever enjoy people’s company!

As an introvert, one may have to face a number of challenges in day to day life. Since they prefer quietude or alone time, they are often looked upon as haughty, and aloof by people who are more extroverted in nature. But that is not the way things actually are- introverts like spending time with their loved ones very much like an extrovert. The only difference is that they need some alone time to energize themselves up. A period of solitude refills their social energy.

The problem lies in the fact that most people think that introversion is a negative trait, and that introverts should try hard to socialize more and more. However, forcibly trying to engage with people exceeding his or her limits would only drain out an introvert’s social energy. Actually, if someone is happy with who he or she is, then his or her trait is absolutely natural. Both introverts and extroverts have their special abilities, and none of them can be marked as positive or negative.

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