Extroverts silence introverts

Taryn D. '19, Writer

In a world with diversity around each corner, there are also groups and people who are outcasted. Groups with no voice or power to speak against their stereotypes.  One of these groups are people with introverted personalities dominated by extroverted people.

With introversion and extroversion being polarizing traits, people on both sides diverge, but have similar qualities displayed in many aspects of their life. One of these aspects is how the brain recharges.

According to fastcompany.com, ” Introverts (or those with introverted tendencies) tend to recharge by spending time alone. They lose energy from being around people for long periods of time, particularly large crowds. Extroverts, on the other hand, gain energy from other people. Extroverts find their energy is sapped when they spend too much time alone. They recharge by being social.”

` Another aspect is the public’s approach to personalites. With the different traits, society tends to gravitate towards extrovert characteristics.

“We as a society go towards the more outgoing people. The people who are the center of attention,” sociology teacher Brad Komenda said.

These natural traits in extroverts bring an unfair advantage to introverts as the light dims from introvert’s talents and skills .

“People who are more motivated catches the eye of an employer. People who are also outspoken get noticed more which can be seen as a negative or a positive,” Komenda said.

While introverts have the disadvantage in aspects of life, they also excel in others ways. These traits are accessible to the workforce.

According to Forbes, “Leaders who are self-aware and introverted are typically to better equipped to listen and empathize with the people with whom they interact.”

Outside of the career mindset, introverts also possess hidden qualities are unseen due to major extrovert influence.

“Introverts are more artistic, and they have good wisdom to pass on,” Komenda said.

Also, introversion causes people have a quiet voice when it comes to the social atmosphere, but when it comes to a few select people, introverts shine.

According to fastcompany.com, “As Dan Pink notes in To Sell Is Human, introverts are great at attuning to another person in a one-on-one situation, which shows that introverts can have super high social intelligence.”

Other factors, such as technology, present an opportunity for introverts to express themselves and allows them to have a strong voice.

“Social media and message boards give introverts a place to speak their minds with the privacy and protection,” Komenda said.

All in all, with several differences between the two mindsets, both have in common if society looks at the bigger picture. Both personalites have people who attribute to either a clear one side or a mix of both sides. This also attributes to the fact that perplexing qualities makes an individual unique.

According to Forbes, “Nothing in life is as cut and dried as we would like. Introverts and extroverts don’t exist in separate, well-defined buckets. Instead, they sit on a spectrum that is unique for everyone.”