June 24, 2012 3 Comments
In response to the comicsmashup I posted this morning, a friend sent me this link to Susan Cain talking about the power of introversion. It’s a TED Talk in which the writer, lecturer, and former negotiations specialist speaks about her own experiences with being an introvert, the biases against it, and its lengthy history. Cain’s opening anecdote reminds me of how a great aunt of mine was shocked when she visited my family when I was growing up, and discovered us all reading at the dinner table. Whenever she mentioned it in later years, I agreed with her that it was unusual, but internally I would recall how that was one of my favorite childhood moments, a space in which I could feel comfortable for a short while. I could definitely connect with Cain’s perspectives on introversion and extroversion, including her calls for action at the end.