An Introverted Way Of Living

October 14, 2013 | Ann

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Albert Einstein

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.  ~Albert Einstein

What makes a person an introvert?  Many sources indicate Albert Einstein was an introvert from his preference for solitude.  Sources such as the Oxford English Dictionary, Encyclopedia of Psychology (TPL login required), and Wikipedia point to Carl Jung, as the first person to use this word for this personality type which means, "inward turning."

There is new information available to explain in detail this personality trait.  One popular bestseller on this topic is written by motivational speaker and author Susan Cain called, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.

Quiet

According to Cain, about one third of the human population fall into the introvert category.  Recently, books on introverts have become quite popular.   This personality trait explains why some people express difficulty while interacting in social gatherings.  Susan Cain explains how society have views and misunderstandings on introverts:

Introversion- along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness- is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology. Introverts living in the Extrovert Ideal are like women in a man's world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are. Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we've turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform.

(Read other quotes from Quiet by Susan Cain on goodreads.com.)

Sophia Drembling is another author who published a (2012) title called, The introvert's way : living a quiet life in a noisy world.  This title aims to actively inspire introverts to harness their "quiet power."  


The Introvert's Way
Sophia Drembling actively participates on the website Psychology Today as a blogger with her own webspace called, The Introvert's Corner where she shares, with other forum members, thoughts on being and living as introverts.  In one particular blog entry, Sophia Drembling states:

Introverts aren’t delicate blossoms who tremble in a breeze. We can be plenty spunky when we need to, so there is no dream we can’t chase. Funnyman and introvert Steve Martin, for Pete’s sake. Warren Buffett, moneyman and introvert. Kristen Stewart, movie star and introvert. We just have to know ourselves, and know how to take care of ourselves. In the world. On the job.

There are newly-released titles for introverts to become successful in their jobs and careers.  Here is a brief listing of most recent titles available:

Success as an Introvert for Dummies on tpl.ca  Success as an Introvert for Dummies

Networking for People Who Hate Networking on tpl.ca  Networking for People Who Hate Networking

Self-Promotion For Introverts on tpl.ca  Self-Promotion for Introverts

The Introverted Leader on tpl.ca  The Introverted Leader

Finding a good career, for many, is of utmost importance.  For some though, finding themselves is even more important.  Introverts are no exception to this rule. 

Bill Watterson, who created the comic strip, Calvin & Hobbes, lives by this belief.  He would not have created this impressive collection of beautiful and innovative comic strips if he did not listen to his inner voice on what is right for him in terms of career, family, and what empowers him to be his very best.  Click the link below to read and enjoy his story:

A Cartoonist's Advice

Watterson has also given an impressive May 20, 1990 commencement speech called, Some Thoughts On the Real World By One Who Glimpsed It and Fled that is also worth reading. 

Link to Brain Pickings's website in tribute to Bill Watterson
Whatever personality type you are and whatever career you choose, the most important thing is to continue to learn and develop an understanding of yourself and those around you. 

 

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