An introvert emailed me because she was about to embark on some research.
I’ve been always a proud introvert, although hasn’t been easy in the society we live in, where the extravert type of person is idealized everywhere.
I am about to start a research on how introverts (since this term was introduced by Carl Yung this past century) have been seen by society and how this view has changed over the decades.
I gave her a book suggestion off the top of my head and ventured to guess that in the past, introverts might have enjoyed a bit more respect and acceptance than we currently do in western culture. Now it seems that the people who busy themselves talking and even saying the same things over and over again in meetings are what we view as “leaders” instead of those who have unique ideas and go about quietly pursuing them. I’m definitely not a student of history though, so I wanted to give you all a chance – how do you think society’s view of introverts has changed over time?
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