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Calling All Introverts: Do you Face Discrimination?

Updated on December 18, 2013

How Google defines Introverts

Noun

  1. A shy, reticent, and typically self-centered person.
  2. A person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things

There are many inspiration introverts, from Einstein, to Newton, to Larry Page, Rosa Parks- the list goes on and on. Society pushes everyone to be extroverted. But, there is a dire need for introverts to be who they are.

Introverts are often stereotyped- people believe introverted people are more self-centered. This is a common misconception. We just don't devote our attention to trying to get someone else's attention. We usually don't want attention. We'd rather stay inside our own heads. It's more interesting.

The very same thing could be said about extroverts in a stereotyped way. Extroverts could be considered self-centered because they want the attention of others. They are fulfilling their needs/wants (Not saying that's true, but we can twist what we think is reality to conform to our ideas).

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein

Being more of an introverted person myself, I found schooling difficult. I was an academically sound student- quiet, kept to myself- but I noticed as I continued through my education, and even now in college, that I am being pushed and pushed continually to have these extroverted personality traits.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

This is not to say introverts don't have social lives. I consider myself very social, but after being with my friends/around people for so long, I have to go to a place where I can be alone and recharge. I feel very drained after spending days with my friends. I need to recollect myself at some point and to give myself time for my mind to think. I also have to point something else out: Introverts and extroverts are physiologically different. I fear that introverts, who are brilliant on their own, are discouraged from being who they are and that the system will brainwash them into being something they are simply not.

Society today is more of a welcoming place for extroverts. Individuals are encouraged to be outgoing, social, opinionated, and dependent. The educational system teaches us all to be dependent upon one another: for instance, by working in groups. I find a major problem with this. I don’t know if there is such thing as “collective thinking”. Nearly every time I am forced to conform to the social setting and work in a group, I notice that no “collective thinking” really takes place. There is a dominant speaker in the group, and the group members feed off of each other like leeches. Every member in the group takes credit for one person’s ideas.


The Virtue of Selfishness
The Virtue of Selfishness

An Extremist View from Ayn Rand

“If some men do not choose to think, but survive by imitating and repeating, like trained animals, the routine of sounds and motions they learned from others, never making an effort to understand their own work, it still remains true that their survival is made possible only by those who choose to think and to discover the motions they are repeating. The survival of such mental parasites depends on blind chance; their unfocused minds are unable to know whom to imitate, whose motions it is safe to follow. They are the men who march into the abyss, trailing after any destroyer who promises them to assume the responsibility they evade: the responsibility of being conscious….

Such looters are parasites incapable of survival, who exist by destroying those who are capable, those who are pursuing a course of action proper to man.”

-Ayn Rand

TED Talk: The Power of Introverts

Let's stop saying we're independent and actually learn how to be more independent!

We need to start pushing people to come up with ideas and solve problems on their own. There is a major flaw in the educational system always pushing introverts to work in groups, especially in subjects like math and science, where you need to learn how to solve the harder problems by yourself.

We need to learn how to think. Introverts are the people who are going to help us progress. They are the people who are going to help mankind and make significant contributions. The definition I quoted from google earlier- how introverts are self-centered. Yes, we are self-centered and selfish- but that is entirely in the wrong context. By self-centered and selfish, I really mean self- aware. Awareness is important and vital to have ideas and to advance. Many introverts are rejected- just imagine all the progress we could be making if we embraced introverts.

Introverts and extroverts both have beautiful personality traits that are vital for this world.. but we can't all be extroverts. Introverts needs extroverts, and extroverts need introverts. My point is both types are important, but we shouldn't try to make it seem like introverts are lesser, and unwanted, when in fact they are NEEDED. Introverts are essential, and I hope society can come to recognize that, and reforms to the educational system can be made to accommodate both the thinking styles of introverts and extroverts.

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    CM Sullivan 5 years ago from California

    I agree with you Marie. I think I am somewhere in the middle of the road, neither clearly introverted, or extroverted. Sometimes when I am in the mood I can be the center of attention with my talking, which can be anything from a new theory on dark matter to how low toxicity cannabinoids physiologically affect cancer cells. lol. Sometimes, If I don't feel like talking that much, which is most of the time, co-workers or friends will ask me "what's wrong" all the time. As if my silent introspection somehow automatically means I'm depressed or something is wrong with me. Great hub, Voted up and interesting, awesome.

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    mariexotoni 5 years ago

    Well my family use to think I was "anti-social" when I was little. I probably should have added somewhere in the article that you aren't entirely extroverted or introverted. It was black and white of me to do. But I feel like if you want people to read an article, it can't be too long.

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    Lyn.Stewart 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

    voted up and interesting. I too was considered weird as a kid ... actually I am still onsidered weird lol

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    mariexotoni 5 years ago

    I like being a weirdo. :)

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    CM Sullivan 5 years ago from California

    I wouldn't worry about making every single article you write short. If people are interested in the subject and you hook them early in the article, they will usually finish it. Unless it's a 10 page thesis or something. ;)

    You must have been pretty shy to be considered anti-social, unless your family is just a little over-reactive!

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    mariexotoni 5 years ago

    No, I was really shy. Especially around family. But okay, thanks for the tip! I'll keep that in mind. Hopefully my articles will be more developed than this one was then. :)

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    frantisek78 5 years ago

    Very good hub! I always hated being pushed into group projects at school and I was accused of not taking part, when in fact there was always one dominant person who ran the show like you mentioned. I could always do a much better job on my own on all school projects. I don't like having to to "team building" stuff at work either. You're right, not everyone can be extroverted and shouldn't be. Society does push people to be outgoing and trying to be the center of attention, even when they aren't.

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    silverstararrow 5 years ago from India

    Even while being happy within a circle of my friends, I've always felt the need to be by myself. I'd gladly spend days cooped up doing things that I love to do, than hang around with people constantly buzzing with energy to 'do' something. Peace is a foreign concept these days.

    Very interesting read. :)

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    Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

    I think this is such an interesting subject. It takes both kinds "to make the world go round"

    I even wrote a Hub about it with a quiz to let one know if they are an introvert or an extrovert. I voted this UP, etc.

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    self absorbed 4 years ago from Canada

    Hello fellow introvert, love the hub! The world needs people like us, imagine how overcrowded the streets, malls, bars etc. would be without us introverts hiding out at home decompressing, it would be pure chaos;)

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    Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

    I just came back to reread this Hub. Good job. I'm voting it UP, and I will share, too.

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    Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

    I loved reading your hub for the fact that I was a introverted individual many years back, about decided to convert myself into an extrovert, and now I'm extremely balanced on both ends.

    I think it is important to be well balanced, and mainly because life requires such to be fully experienced with the most clarity, and effectiveness to be fully enjoyed.

    Depression is one thing that tends to set in with many introverts, because society is harsh at times, on those who seem odd, strange, or out right different.

    I think most introverts though tend to learn how to blend a bit, in between the seams of it all, and there's no way to accurately judge what is the actual statistics and or percentages of introverts to extroverts, and so I don't believe though that a sort of movement would ever be conjured up effectively, as your hub here somewhat expresses to bring some sort of change into society as a whole to administer awareness in this regard.

    This was a valiant effort though to detail all the info in such a way to portray that there is in fact some sort of issue between the differences in being introverted as opposed to extroverted, but I think nothing will change about it all mostly. Who know though right, any hows cool hub, voted up.

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    jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

    Another fellow introvert here!

    I am always reminded that I am quiet by various people, which does get annoying after a while. People often make assumptions that introverted people are either snobby or weird because they are 'different' from them.

    Great hub! Voted up and shared.

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