The Importance of Introversion
In a high-demand world, preferring to work alone or in private is considered a sin. Between media and work, the introvert has been considered the loner outside of the circle, rather than part of the group within.
There is a question that begs to be answered in all of this: Why is it, in a world that claims to value character over personality, that we covet the loudest and the most blatant? In a world of being loud, where can someone more reserved fit in, or more importantly, find a time and a place to be alone?
In any form of art, it is almost essential to be largely introvertive. There needs to be that swamp time in which we can get shit done.
Yet there are so many myths about introverts (not that anyone is 100% intro- or extrovert).
One of the most prominent false perceptions of introversion is the implication of being anti-social. From a personal standpoint, I would argue this is very unlikely. Someone anti-social doesn't contribute due to an overwhelming fear of rejection or failure. No artist could be 100% antisocial, or after that first saddening rejection, they would all call it quits.
When did these two traits become synonymous?
The moment we all started working together without any separation. Many suggest their place of work doesn't allow social interaction, but they are dead wrong. Consider the office: Though you may never speak with your co-workers about anything personal, there isn't really anything to stop interaction. You might have to work together with them, or if that's not the case, most cubicles really only have three walls. The worker is always on display.
Now take into consideration the loathed retail position. As a worker in retail, socializing with co-workers may come with its consequences, but social pressures still exist. Much negativity exists within these places of work because workers emulate those on display. If the workers who are always the center of work-related gossip say the job sucks, then the job sucks.
It is the extrovert who often demands full control and silence many great ideas in the workplace, whereas an introvert is more of a listener. While introverts may spend sometime, in private, working out an idea, it seems more important to be strong, outgoing, and loud. Introverts are often deemed anti-social for not placing everything on display.
But why do we feel the need to put ourselves on display?
"Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do."
– Don Galer
Perhaps the celebrity argument has been beaten to death, but it may be the most obvious answer. There was a time when someone was judged by what they did even if no one was looking, but now the world has become a platform for people to shout out what they have done today, whether it's the humanitarian that wants you to know they're a humanitarian, Kim Kardashian talking smack about Kris Humphries, or simply Ashton Kutcher tweeting about lunch.
"Social Media" is term which sets the best example of our new world.
We live in a world of personalities; no longer a place for subtle character. Celebrities are always before us, and it's only natural to follow their ideologies, actions and reactions, and façades. Charisma is valued above good nature.
It's rather difficult to be introverted at all in this world, for it is highly stigmatized and often the most extroverted types mingle well with others and reap the benefits. Writing, especially, has been diluted by such down-talk. Almost more important now is the ability to "sell" a book by "networking" with others in the publishing world than writing a masterpiece to be handled delicately.
The argument here isn't you should an introvert or an extrovert; rather there's an evident importance to maintain a balance. This world requires you to be able to work with groups and work with noisy environments, but the best ideas are developed with heavy concentration, alone. Then they should be projected by your extroverted side. Introvert has nothing to do with being anti-social any more than extrovert has to do with being a town drunkard.
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