If you know me then you’ll know that I hate labels because all labels do is box us in and make us believe in its illusions. One of those illusions is the negativity surrounding introverts, how they’re loners, anti-social and are not worth others time of day are some of the stereotypes surrounding introverts. And because of these negative stereotypes, we might close ourselves off and won’t bother to understand or empathize with introverts. But like anything in life, being so-called introverted has its advantages and its disadvantages.
Yes, stereotypically introverts aren’t good conversationalists, they’re not outgoing, they might not even be friendly. But this is because stereotypically they’d prefer to read a book, enjoy their work and improve themselves. And what is wrong with this? What is wrong with someone working, hustling to improve themselves?
Understanding the preferences of an introvert can highlight a real benefit of being introverted, which is by improving ourselves we can help others. It makes sense, doesn’t it? To help others, we should improve ourselves. That’s a lesson that introverts teach us. And if we can look past their stereotypical shyness, maybe the extroverts can learn this beneficial lesson.
It works the other way too. Introverts can learn from extroverts, to be better conversationalists, to be more outgoing, maybe to be more friendly, which will then help extroverts to understand the benefits of improving themselves and impacting the people they love around them.
We can really learn from each other, benefit each other and impact each other, no matter the label we put on ourselves if we attempt to understand and empathize with each other.
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