Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
... says that at least one third of the people we know are introverts.
"They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams."She discusses the appearance, or at least the rise in the twentieth century of what she calls the "Extrovert Ideal - the omnipresent belief that the ideal self is gregarious, alpha, and comfortable in the spotlight."
And as the extrovert rose, the introvert became stigmatized:
"Introversion - along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness - is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology."More to come...