Why Extroversion is PRIZED While Introversion is MALIGNED in Our Society and/or Culture, Part 1/2
Extroversion is oh............so PRIZED
Extroverts are PRIZED, REWARDED......& IDOLIZED
Extroversion is EMPHASIZED and Considered NORMAL in Our Society/Culture
In Part 1 of 2 of this hub, I will address how extroversion is valued, prized, even glorified in our society and culture. I shall further delineate why extroverts are seen positively, even highly regarded by others and the rewards they receive on the basis of their extroversion.
To say that American society and/or culture are extroverted is an understatement. One can aptly state that American society and/or culture are highly extroverted. In our society, people who exhibit friendliness, sociability, gregariousness, aggressiveness, and competitiveness are greatly admired, loved, and even worshipped, if not idolized. Extroverted people are considered to be warm, genuine, and approachable, even personable. Other extroverted characteristics such as being adventurous and risk taking. Not only American society and/or culture place a premium value on extroversion, many Western societies and/or cultures place a high value on extroversion. Many of our role models have been and/or are extroverts. In movies, advertisements, magazines, and/or television, extroverted people are seen as upbeat, happy, and exude the type of personality that others gravitate to.
Psychologists, psychiatrists, and/or other social scientists extol the virtues of extroversion. They further relate how important extroversion is regarding human emotional, mental, and/or psychological development and well-being. Extroverts are perceived to be more friendly, outgoing, and/or likeable to others. They possess, even exude charisma which attracts others to them. They are also psychologically pleasing to others so people want to be around them. They have that gift of making people feel at ease and at their most basic comfort level. People are comfortable being and/or interfacing with extroverts because they possess high levels of people skills. Extroverts simply have the forte of making others feel more assured and confident in the former's presence. Furthermore, they are perceived as strong and capable because of their outgoing personality. Because they are seen as strong and capable, they are believed to excellent leadership skills.
According to the magazine Psychology Today, extroverts comprise anywhere from 50-74% of the American population. That means that extroverts are the dominant society and/or culture so they have the power to make written and/or unwritten rules as to how society and/or culture is to be. In essence, extroversion is well.....normal, even the expected way for people to be. Beyond being considered normal, extroversion is the ideal way for people to act and/or behave. Extroversion is strongly entrenched in our consciousness, mindset, and/or psychology. It is further rooted in our lifestyles, habits, and/or institutions. We have been inculcated from childhood to be engaged and involved with people. We were even told that it was healthy to associate, be involved with, and/or be friendly to others. Extroverts are viewed as the norm hence acceptable within our societal and/or cultural paradigm.
Extroverts are PRIZED, DEIFIED, and REWARDED
Extroverts are greatly valued, even prized in our society. They are movers, shakers, go getters, and engaged with others. Who does not like or want to be like them? They are exuberant and positive. They have that gift of uplifting people by their very presence. Besides being prized, they are even deified and held up as exemplary role models. In many people's view, extroverts possess qualities which others aspire to and want to be. They have that gift of authoritativeness, even power which makes others look up and follow them. They exude a psychic attractiveness in addition to being fun people. They are seen as the life of the party and centers of attention.
One can argue that extroverts possess what is called, star quality. Yes, extroverts have that presence that makes others want to take notice of them. They are very appealing to others. They have that IT quality which oftentimes cannot be described. Some assert that extroverts possess personality. Others express that extroverts have vivaciousness and a joie de vivre attitude. Extroverts exemplify optimism and positivity. They are the in-charge, can-do people whom others look to execute and/or complete a procedure and/or task. They are seen as the prototypes of strength, responsibility, and even dependability.
Extroversion is rewarded in our society, especially financially. People and/or social skills are of premium importance in our society. It is sometimes prized over intellectual skills. People who possess a high level of interpersonal and/or social skills are considered more likeable and promotable than those who possess a modicum of such skills. The former are the ones who are more often to be placed in front end and/or responsible positions based upon their ease and proficiency in interacting with others from clientele to CEOs. People with strong interpersonal skills are in demand in the corporate world as they generate income and publicity. They are also high valued in more social settings for they know how to bring people together.
Extroverts are HIGHLY Esteemed
Extroverts are Treated................BETTER
People have been strongly inculcated with the premise that extroversion is a more preferable way to be. The majority of Americans can be classified as extroverts so the majority consensus is an extroverted one. Extroverted people are accepted and approved more by others. They are seen as open and/or trustworthy. One knows where one stands with extroverts. They are even seen as truthful. People like extroverts because they are engaging towards others. Yes, extroversion is beyond preferable, it is even considered to be a better, even a superior way to be in our society and/or culture.
People have been indoctrinated as to how extroversion is a better characteristic and/or personality type since early childhood. Extroverted babies and/or toddlers are considered to be more intelligent and/or developed as they fearlessly engage and/or interact with parents, family members, other people, and their environment. They do not hesitate to walk up to and smile at people. They are the ones who are always crawling, climbing, walking, and testing their environs. They are not ones to sit still and stay put. They are also friendlier which makes parents, family members, and others wanting to hold and/or interact with them. Not only do adults want to interact with extroverted babies and/or toddlers. They also attract others of similar ages who want to interact with them because of their outgoing personalities.
Extroverted children are viewed as more astute, even more apt by parents, teachers, and/or other adult authorities because of their self-confidence in addition to their willingness to participate in class and/or ability to easily and freely interact with others. They are also liked by their peers because they have the ability to make others feel comfortable and welcomed in their presence. Other children gravitate towards extroverted children because of their high level of interpersonal and/or social skills. Extroverted children exude warmth and friendliness. They are very personable and likeable. Because of these attributes, they tend to be popular among their peers and friends. They are also viewed as leaders by their teachers and peers because they possess a high level of self-assurance and self-confidence in addition to their congeniality. Parents, teachers, and/or other adults view extroverted children as happy, normal, stereotypical, and prototypical children.
Extroverted behavior begins to reap huge dividends in junior high and high school. Teachers and other students alike love the exuberant energy and persona of extroverted young people. Junior high and high schools are particularly suited to the outgoing, team-playing, and aggressive personality of the extrovert. In junior high and high school, there is more emphasis on group and social activities, especially extracurricular ones. Extroverted pre-teens and teens have little or no problem conforming to their particular school environment, culture, and/or society. They make friends easily and their approachable and personable demeanors attract other students en masse. Because they have high interpersonal and social skills, they will most likely be elected to leadership positions within their particular school. Furthermore, they are most likely to belong to high status groups at their particular school. They will also be popular with other students, even with teachers because of their high likeability factor. They also will be highly respected by others because they exude a confident assurance.
The preference for extroversion continues through adulthood. Extroverts are considered to be more friendlier and approachable to clientele and the public by their superiors. They are more likely to be promoted because it is deemed that they possess excellent leadership qualities because they can interact well with all types of people. They are also promotable because they have good, even excellent networking skills. They are viewed as assets in any business and are placed in key positions because they can effectively interface with the public. Many companies and corporations hire extroverts because their openness and warmth towards the customers and the public to continue doing business with the former. This as a result, will increase profits for such companies and corporations. Extroverts are seen as attractors to businesses.
Extroverts are quintessentially social. In fact, extrovert and social should be synonyms. They thrive in the social environment. Others want to associate with them because they are lively and entertaining. To the extrovert, life is about people or shall we say, life is people. They enjoy being with others. They get their energy from associating and interacting with others. People actually recharge them psychologically, even psychically. They are also viewed as attractive partners because they reach out to others. Relationships are an important aspect of their lives. They are curious about others and others are drawn to that. They exude that raw magnetic quality which is extremely appealing to the opposite gender. In essence, they are extremely dateable and marriageable.
In the last part of hub, I will discuss in detail how introversion is demonized, even viewed as inferior in our society and/or culture.
© 2015 Grace Marguerite Williams
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