A quick Google search tells me the definition of Introvert:
A shy, reticent person
Immediately, I am labelled as someone who
Does not reveal one's thoughts or feelings openly
Already, we have encountered misconceptions. I'm all too eager to share my thoughts and feelings, I'm doing it right now, here, in this book. As an introvert, I just express them differently than we have come to expect in this extrovert-driven society of ours.
I prefer to write my feelings, my thoughts, than speak them. I prefer to share them with those who ask me, those with a genuine interest, than shouting them out for the whole world to hear regardless of whether they want to listen or not.
So what is an introvert?
I should know, I am one.
Here are some personality traits common to introverts:
You like spending time by yourself
You don't seek out social engagements often, prefering the company of a few people rather than many
You enjoy spending time thinking and are comfortable with your thoughts
You aren't bored by quiet, solitary activities
You don't enjoy being the centre of attention
You find loud, busy environments draining
Being an introvert isn't limited to those traits, nor do we need to feel every one of them, but they describe a general but fairly accurate portrayal of introversion.
Why do I need to say all this? Why write this book at all?
Because introverts aren't often heard, usually getting spoken over by louder, more extroverted people. Because our society is largely extrovert-orientated, giving subtle (and not so subtle) suggestions that introversion is boring (or even a sign of depression, which we'll get to in another chapter), extroversion is cool, and leads to many misconceptions that introverts are lacking confidence, weak, or even wrongly diagnosed as autistic.
This book sets out to reveal the true thoughts and feelings of an introvert battling through life here on earth, and hopefully, in so doing, might help others sharing this planet, both introvert and extrovert.
YOU ARE READING
Thoughts on life, the universe and everything through the eyes of an introvert. Ideas on misconceptions, society pressures, and the very real struggle of life itself, written by an introverted thinker with a wattpad account. Thoughtful? You bet Funn...