As an introvert, I’ve had times when I’ve felt that being a bit more extroverted would make things easier for me. After doing some thinking and watching some TED talks, I’ve come to realize that our society tends to glorify extroverts. What they don’t realize, is that by doing this, they’re making it seem like being an introvert is wrong. That liking your own company, spending time with yourself, and prioritizing your own self over other people, is wrong. Moreover, this starts from a very basic level in schools. Schools tend to give group projects where everybody is supposed to interact and work together.
Now sometimes, some people are not cut out for it. I’ve myself had group projects where as much as I tried, I couldn’t blend in with my group members. And honestly, just because one cannot work well with a group, doesn’t make them any less of a person, or doesn’t make it seem like they lack anything but social skills.
There are some amazing qualities that introverts have, that need to be acknowledged the time and again. Their ability to concentrate on their own selves, give utmost attention to their work, focus on what’s important, and indulge into deep thought, are some of the things. And when you make an introvert feel like they do not fit in, you’re ignoring all of these qualities about them. I’m not saying being an extrovert is bad. Good for the extrovert. But there are times when you need to acknowledge the introvert too and let them know that they’re amazing and they don’t need to be extroverted to be that.
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