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Why are introverted children and teens are oftentimes viewed as inferior, even
marginalized by their extroverted parents in favor of extroverted siblings, relatives, and even non-related children? At work, I remember one co-worker endlessly criticize her introverted daughter, saying that she had no personality. This co-worker compared her daughter to a more extroverted classmate who had lots of friends and was extremely popular in school.
There is absolutely no reason to view an introvert child as inferior. Some of the world's greatest geniuses are introverts including people like Newton and Einstein. If some people view introvert children as inferior, it reflects on their own immaturity.
What you are saying quite likely has some truth in it, Grace. But I can tell you this: many extroverted children often grow very little compared with introverts. Introverts blossom and become more balanced, being able to straddle equally both characteristics of personality, whilst extroverted people tend not to 'go within' and find out more about themselves. It's the introverts who ask themselves the profound questions of life.
I would say I was fairly introverted and a bit of a 'loner' as a child, but according to a few Myer-Briggs tests done between forty and fifty I was right at the centre almost, just leaning towards the now 'Extrovert' end of those cross hairs. I'd blossomed.
The way I see it, the Introverted part of me got me reading, writing and thinking. Then at thirty-six I took up public speaking with Toastmasters and have been with them ever since. I now feel completely comfortable meeting strangers - yes, and even talking in front of audiences of 200 people or more.
Don't knock the Introverts. People like Lord Bertram Russel and Albert Einstein were probably introverts.
Many extroverts find it impossible to understand where an introvert is coming from, especially children introverts. If they can't empathize what's going on in their minds, or understand it, they're going to be likely to view said child as... stunted somehow. An introverted child will not be seen as talented or bright to an extrovert unless they do something extroverted (like talk, or show off their creations.) Sadly, in the case you mention, the introverted child probably became even more so after criticism (why bother trying to do anything if you're just going to get shit for it?) It becomes a snake eating it's own tail.
Introverts are in most cases superior to extroverts, because they turn inwards instead of outwards. Extroverts are in most cases less intelligent (or simply stupid), although they often think they are smart. Extroverts mostly rely on their senses, this is the tragedy of the extroverts. The senses are no organs of truth, they are only a way to survive in the jungle of life. Reason and logic are the only way to the truth - that is what introverts separate from extroverts.
Included are the 16 types of the Myers-Briggs personalities.
Great question, gmwilliams!
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