Not a long time ago I came across an infographic on ‘introversion vs. extroversion’ that got me thinking; in a predominantly extroverted society, this is another form of discrimination rarely spoken of.
So, since extroversion is praised as strength, introversion must be a weakness.
The colours of this image make the true point, though: both human, two faces of the very same coin.
And to make it even more clear:
1. “better expressive with writing” means “can most certainly converse but would rather be a writer”
2. “enjoy their alone time” means “love their friends and family deeply but know they can wholesomely show it only after they have recharged their drained empathetic energy through alone-time for as long as it takes”
3. “prefer conversation one-on-one or in small groups” means “they know that meaningful connection and helpful input comes as a matter of quality and not quantity”
4.”dislike speaking on the phone” means “time for the much-needed alone and recharge time” (see no.2)
5. “need time to think before speaking” means “there are too many concepts/thoughts/answers in their head plus they’d rather present them in order plus in a way that won’t hurt anyone’s feelings”
If this is weakness, then I’m more than happy to have it.
The infographic missed one more trait though:
6. “they truly value and love those who not just won’t spite them for their introversion but love them exactly for it”
It is not simply ok to be an introvert; it is a right.