I recently published my second Shyness and Confidence article. I reference a book called The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World. In one chapter, the author mentions her having interviewed fifty people for the book. Forty-nine of them said they felt "reproached and maligned" for being introverted. She mentions how three college dictionaries and a thesaurus all define shyness in a very negative way.
She also mentions earlier on that theoretical differences between psychologist Sigmund Freud, who was very influential in the development of modern psychology (for those who don't know who he was), and his colleagues caused him to write extensively that introversion is a negative thing.
So my question is how do you feel about your being introverted? How do your friends and family view it?
And if you have not read either of my two articles on the matter, please do... link and link
- In a positive way/At least not negative40% (4)25% (3)32% (7)Vote
- Neutral40% (4)58% (7)50% (11)Vote
- In a negative way20% (2)17% (2)18% (4)Vote
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I think there is a difference between introverts and people who are shy... You're drawing a parallel but I'd say introverts are just people that internalize their thoughts, enjoy alone time, thinking, and self reflection. That doesn't mean they are afraid to socialize or that they are even bad at it. I might even fit into that category as appose to extroverts who need other people around to feel happy, and feed on conversation with others. Shy people tend to have a social anxiety about them. There's not so much reserved as they are afraid/nervous. There's a difference.4