An introvert in an Extroverted World

Ever wondered why the people who are  talkative with seemingly better social skills are the popular ones, yet the quiet and not so chatty ones are seen as unconfident, boring and uninteresting? Well, the answer is pretty simple. The world prefers extroverts, and it makes it difficult to survive as an introvert.

According to the Urban Dictionary, an introvert is a person who thinks deeply, keeps to themselves and feels depleted by social situations. They are often misunderstood to be shy and socially anxious, and while that may be true for some, not all have these tendencies. They usually recharge their inner energy by spending time alone. An extrovert, on the other hand, is defined according to the Urban Dictionary as one who is equipped with a more outgoing personality and is more concerned with the outward world and having a social life. Unlike introverts, they recharge their energy by being involved in social situations such as parties and other social gatherings.

Dan Buettner states that of the two personalities, extrovert make up a higher percentage of the world’s population being around 50-74 percent, while the other 16-50 percent consists of introverts. Because of this, extroverted traits are encouraged from an early age, with parents and teachers expecting their children to be involved in many activities as well being outspoken and outgoing. Once a person possesses these expected traits, then they are considered “normal” in the world’s eyes.

Being quiet and thoughtful is considered lame and people tend to look down on persons who possess introverted characteristics. However it is not so!

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