Power of Introversion

Introversion

 

Power of Introversion (TED Talk by Susan Cain)
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#Introversion #Quiet #SpeakSoftly #SusanCain
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Introverts are better listeners, quietly process their thoughts, have humility, are calm and collected, and make more meaningful connections. – Bruna Martinuzzi.

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Settling down with reading a book and overjoyed by sky diving, are two extreme activities. When looked internally though, at the individuals who are performing those activities, the residual experience of their activities within them are not so different. Internally, they both find comfort, pleasure and derive a sense of being at ease and inclusive with everything, because they’re not messing with their mind, while performing those activities.
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The whole debate about introversion, extroversion & ambiversion is kind of moot, because what we’re after is that internal experience of stillness, loosing ourselves, finding ourselves, satori etc., regardless of the activity which we choose.
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Introverts have been severely misunderstood over the ages, have been assigned labels including being dull, lethargic, boring, having mental problems etc., because inappropriate recognition has been given to being expressive, loud, talkative, movement-laden etc. in our world.
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Statistics show that between 1/3 to 1/2 of the population are introverts, who feel comfortable and are super productive when they’re are quiet, contemplative, reflective etc. and who prefer deep work over shallow work.
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Statistics also reveal that many successful people are actually introverts for their abilities of going deeper with their work, emphatically understand the needs of the people, being sensitive without compromising their work or relation, contemplative & reflective with deep ideas, which can be stretched into creative manifestations of successful companies, marriages, partnerships, friendships etc. where gentleness, caring, quietude are valued and being shy, silent or speaking softly is not considered a problem.
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Some surprising and prominent names, including Eisenhower, Jefferson, JFK, Gates, Buffett, Einstein, Lincoln, Darwin, Jung, Nixon, Obama, Zuckerberg – were all introverts, and their leadership & contributions to humanity are obvious.
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Here’s a TED video from Susan Cain, campaigner for introversion & popular author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That can’t Stop Talking, expounding upon the misunderstood biases towards introversion, and how a society can benefit from a healthy mix of introversion & extroversion, to create a mixed and balanced milieu of carpe diem & goal driven development.

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