I'm an extrovert. It's not something I've developed. It's not something I've become. It's just who I am.

Over the past 50 years, society has favored the extrovert. We've lifted these oh-so-cunning traits as high as the sky––the confidence, the wittiness, and the ability to woo. But what would these extroverts be without their introvert counterparts?

Not much.

The video below tells us the shocking truth about introverts and their importance they bring to our relationships.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? What benefits do you see in your counterpart? Let me know in the comments below.


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46 thoughts on “The Shocking Truth About Introverts

  1. lui says:

    i started off an extrovert but lately i’ve become more introverted 🙂 We all have both in us 🙂 This is a good share.

  2. Judy Barber says:

    Having been n introvert my whole life, I managed to move up through the ranks in detail management and rather quickly settled into the task of being the thinker that ran a successful store for many years. Yet the most difficult lesson I learned was that my only confidence can through my belief in my abilities that needed the opposite of myself to manage the sales floor. I needed the extrovert!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Definitely. I never gave it much thought how we need each other until I saw this video. Crazy!

  3. Lauren says:

    I’m a 50/50 dating an introvert. He really brings much needed calmness to our relationship and my crazy hectic life.

  4. Danielle Borer says:

    I’m a total extrovert and I recently started bringing out my introvert. I still self proclaim being an extrovert but without my introverted friends I wouldn’t be as near as fun! 🙂 I’m not in a relationship right now and there are no prospects at the moment. So whoever the Lord brings should be an adventure! 🙂

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Haha that’s a great way of looking at things, Danielle! And you’re right – it will definitely be an adventure. 😉

  5. Apurva Gaglani says:

    Only extroverts declare themselves as extroverts. The label of introvert is used upon people who are at peace with themselves.

  6. Brigetta says:

    I was very much an introverted, shy child but I worked hard through middle school and high school to be more extroverted because people confused my shyness for being arrogant or “stuck up.” So, I went out of my way to make eye contact and say hello. The skill has served me well as an adult.

  7. Dee says:

    i think there’s a continuance of what I’ve coined the “competency curse” where the introverted, analytical does the work that the extroverted, politician talks about.

  8. Patsy M says:

    I am a true introvert and like many have often been labeled arrogant or shy. I don’t think I am arrogant, I do not believe I am better than anyone else. Nor am I shy, that denotes fear. I am simply laid back and thoughtful. I would love to have a job that embraced those traits. I have had to force myself to be outgoing and more friendly that I really am. I find it draining and I feel a bit hypocritical not being true to my self.

  9. Tehra says:

    I am a bit of both…. A bit of a conundrum. I learned to be extroverted through practice and listening to successful speakers because I saw a need in myself to grow. Although I prefer to do things alone, I am the first to jump in and speak up in a group conversation… I can even direct the group.

    I have deep feelings and lots of spirit, but have learned to control myself. I’d like to learn to be more consistently social with people! I am usually just happy by myself haha.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Interesting! Sounds like you’ve worked very hard to become the best version of yourself. I respect that!

  10. TalkingCures says:

    Today’s Thought Peter Smith. A negative thinking
    introvert will rise to the occasion a positive extrovert will only fall – given
    time.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Don’t try too hard to be something you’re not – embrace the introvert and don’t push too hard. You are who you are for a reason 🙂

  11. Meg says:

    I am a self proclaimed ambivert. My introverted half needs alone time, and my extroverted half loves people time. Of course the two often decide to rise to the surface in opposite of the situational demands. When I need to be extroverted, when I need to make small talk, my introverted side shouts “No, go back to your books, and your drawing!” But then, when perhaps it’s okay be to be silent, my extrovert say “Let’s be super outgoing!” to the point of annoyance. I’m neither shy, nor quiet, I just like to be by myself to recharge. It’s tricky, but I’ve recently come to accept that I’m probably more of an introvert, and that isn’t negative in the slightest. My talents are used in different ways, and I like finding my niche in each new situation. =)

  12. Jen says:

    I grew up trying to be the extrovert, but was never really happy. It was only when I listened to myself saying that I didn’t need to be the center or the life of the party and started to accept the need for being quiet and listening and being with just me that I truly found out how to be happy.

  13. ffpaws says:

    I started out life as an Introvert, but my mother kept forcing me to go up to the grocery clerks at the store until I was comfortable doing so on my own, so now I am both and Introvert and an Extrovert at times. I love working on my own with my crafts, but when around people I love to be with them but after about an hour or two , my mind is screaming, you need your peace and quiet to refresh. So you can say that I am both.

    The interesting notion is that my hubby is an extreme Introvert with Social Anxiety and is Developmentally Disabled with ADHD, so it can get pretty lonely for me at times to the point of weeping since I am disabled and unable to get out as much as I would love to and we have no visitors or friends. Which is why I started my blog, Masquerading Crafter. But I am quickly learning that people only want to read the light happy stuff and not the posts of the physical, emotional and mental pain I am dealing with daily. However, I am going to try to take my blog to a different level by trying very hard to be more positive which is extremely hard for me as I have been surrounded by and have had very negative events happen to me throughout my entire life. I am trying earnestly to get the mental health help I need. I just wish my hubby would as well.

    After hearing my life story and journey through life most people tell me I am Strong, Courageous, Brave, and very Creative. I think I will focus more on what they are saying about me in the positives and less on what I think of myself which is a weak, weeping mess who is out of control emotionally and useless for anything. I see myself as a Burden to those I love dearly due to my disabilities especially when they see me as too needy. (But they are also caring for my 86 year old father -in-law who had Parkinsonism and is blind. They have been very much Self-pleasers and used to doing their own thing whenever and however they wanted to do so.) But I am knowing this is not true, i just have different needs than they do, and that they are not used to a Chronically Ill person in their lives.

    • SoulSistah says:

      Let your pain be your message. You are a human being. A complex creation. Negative emotions and heartbreaks are realities of life. Never feel ashamed of who and how you are for somehow, somewhere, somebody can definitely relate to you. What you are is constantly changing and evolving. Nobody stays the same forever. You will find your way. Never stop writing and expressing until you find the perfect craft/s for you to put all your emotions into as inspiration to create. -Love and hugs from some soul in south-east asia. <3

      • ffpaws says:

        Thanks! {{{hugz}}} I needed this chat :o) Thank you so much for the encouragement! In fact, I am copying this to my ‘Encouragement File’ I am building myself :o)

  14. Arya Martell says:

    I am a solid introvert raised by 2 introverted parents. For me it is more about creating and maintaining quality connections and relationships rather than having many superficial connections and relationships. Around the time I entered grade school until I was a young adult, I used to try and force myself to be an extrovert and it created so many superficial connections. I was incredibly anxious, stressed and unhappy for much of my young adult life and that lead to me abusing drugs from 16-21. I began embracing and accepting who I really am after healing myself from my drug abuse but it has taken almost a decade. For awhile I became a super introvert but I think it was to heal myself from forcing myself to be someone I am not and figure out who I am and get to know that person. Now as I am about to turn 30 soon, I am becoming a little more outgoing and I am doing it on my terms.

  15. Amy_E says:

    When I was in the school years, I thought there was something wrong with me. I was never one to hang out with a crowd or have a group of friends. I had no more than five friends of which 2-3 I was close to. After accepting Jesus as my Savior and getting into therapy, I discovered I’m an introvert. I feel much better being at home by myself reading a book or writing or watching a movie than I do going out with a friend, in public, in loud social places. I used to have a friend who was an extrovert. She taught me how to feel safe out of my comfort zone (when I was with her) and I taught her the value of alone time amidst the busyness of life (she has 7 children). We complimented in other for several years. I embrace being an introvert as much as I embrace being a Christian. Quiet times have served me well so I can be fully involved in my family’s activities. I know I need to fill up my solitude tank before I go to an extrovert environment. Even if I only have 45 minutes notice, I have the tools to use in my car on the drive there so I don’t freak out and have to leave. It’s been a blessing to know which temperment I am because now I can be myself and I know just who that is.

  16. Heather Anne Speer says:

    I spent half of middle school and all of high school trying to be an extrovert, but I’m really an introvert, raised by two introvert parents (one more so than the other). I do sometimes get lonely and need some social time with friends, but more often than not I enjoy being alone or with just one other person, and I need time to recharge after having to be “on” for too long.

  17. Sammie says:

    I couldn’t focus on the video because the voice of the narrator, Susan Cain, was so painful to the ear.

  18. LadyJ says:

    I am an extrovert at work. A talker and a very social person, but in my personal life I’m more of an introvert. I’m very selective in who I allow in my personal space.

  19. Lady Mia of Alpharetta, USA says:

    A New Classic Song by Rogers Jr.ll & Hammerstein Jr. ll: INTROVERTS! ~ To the Uber Classic tune of Fiddler’s Matchmaker~~ Introverts introverts for 50 years… have had to pass…on all the cheers! Introverts introverts coming to light… as vital and very Bright!

    Some introverts have a hard time nailing job interviews so email me: merrymia@yahoo.com and I can quietly whip up some awesome lyrics, or haikus or whatever, for you folks, as long as its clean dude..cuz…who likes dirty?

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