More than often not we find ourselves calling a friend, colleague, family member (or even ourselves) an ‘introvert’ or ‘extrovert,’ knowing, allegedly, exactly what we mean. But what if these terms have roots in other than the widely accepted definitions? What if they don’t translate at all into the concepts that we know? Follow me on an intriguing journey exploring introversion and extroversion.
Have you ever wondered why ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’ seem to be placed at two poles, referring to an opposition that perhaps is just an illusion? Or, maybe, at some point in your life you were called an introvert or extrovert and for some reason, or reasons, it didn’t feel right? We seem to encourage people to always morph from introversion to extroversion, a process seen as an “improvement.” But why do we assume that this shift is “better” for us?
Somehow, the society has decided that being an introvert has negative connotations; in business and personal life, the aim is toward extroversion. Have you wondered why? What is it that extroversion brings to the table that introversion is missing? Maybe somewhere down the road we got confused on the terminology, or maybe we never quite stopped exploring enough. So, I invite you to listen and explore.
Qualifying someone as ‘introvert’ or ‘extrovert’ is an action that divides and categorizes. Have you noticed how usually it is either one or the other? Why can’t someone be both? And what makes us label people so easily? Do you think that women by nature are introvert, and men are, or should be extrovert? Listen to find possible answers to these questions.
Labeling can start very early in our lives; and most times it is someone else, even a parent, or relative, who labels us first. What if identifying a person as being introvert or extrovert is similar to labeling, and once applied, it is very difficult to remove? Ultimately, do we need more labels in our lives? Or maybe we can slowly start shifting our perception and changing the meaning of words like introversion and extroversion. Join me for a final discussion.