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Living Proud as an Introvert
The variety of personalities is as diverse as the physical differences between human beings. There is much that goes in to what kind of person someone will become, some of which is influenced by one's environment as well as traits which are inherited. One pair of traits, in particular, are on opposite sides of the scale- introversion versus extroversion. Everyone can place themselves somewhere on that scale based on if they lean toward one extreme in particular or are somewhere in the middle. While the scale on paper seems perfectly balanced, in real life situations, the more extroverted a person is, the more outgoing and attention-grabbing they are, leaving the introvert sitting quietly to one side.
What isn't perceived is that the introvert may be happy to sit off in the shadows, or rather, not even be at the gathering in the first place. Introverts are often mistaken to be timid or shy because they tend to be reserved and reticent. The mistake is that introverts aren't shy, but rather are inclined to be apart from the crowd. An introverted person would prefer to spend their time alone or with one or two other people. They are very thoughtful and choose their words rather than speaking the first thing that comes to mind as an extrovert might.
While an introvert might often be overlooked in a social atmosphere, they can have a lot to contribute and enjoy meaningful conversation. It not uncommon for introverts to become writers, as they are given a voice that might not otherwise be heard by the public. Writing gives an introvert the time to think carefully over what they want to communicate and can be done in a quiet place without pressure. In a world that is so biased toward the outwardly confident, charming, outgoing Joe Schmoe, introverts can find their own success through outlets, such as writing, that cater to their personality and social preferences.
The life of an introvert may be very hard for an extrovert to understand. In fact, an extrovert may think that an introverted person isn't getting the most out of life. That is where they are wrong. If it feels the most comfortable, the most right, to stay out of the fray and live a quiet life of introspection and reservedness, that is for only a person to decide for him or herself. Introverts should embrace their characters and make the most out of what they are, without letting others say they are wrong. So go ahead, if that's what you are, live proud as an introvert and prosper!