Introversion, a stigmatized word in an extroverted world. I often ask myself why is it so hard for people to believe that introversion is real? Why do people automatically think that something is wrong with a person if they’re not talkative or putting themselves out in the world freely? Is it really hard for people to understand that some people are able to enjoy solitude, prefer to not talk often and listen, or the fact that we rarely want to leave our sanctuary? My introversion is a personality trait that I deeply appreciate in myself.Growing up, I thought there was something wrong with me because I knew from an early age that I didn’t fit in and also that I had no desire to.All my life I’ve had people tell me I’m too quiet, I think too much, I ask to many questions, to speak louder, be more outgoing, don’t be so serious, and I’ve even had people think that I was arrogant or stuck up because I often chose to observe rather than speak. What most people would consider bad, or not normal is something us introverts deal with on a daily basis. Do I think a lot? Absolutely, but with that I am able to solve problems fairly quickly so that I won’t later have to dwell on them. Do I like to talk? Yes, when I have something meaningful to talk about, I find no pleasure in speaking on frivolous matters. You see, the traits many may put down are what makes us introverts so special! Extroversion is widely accepted as what we all should be, even if it’s not readily said, it can be seen in others actions. From parents forcing their children to interact more than they’re comfortable with, schools forcing children to conform and not have a free thinking mind or having children sent to a psychologist when they are not as playful or different from other children. This is also a problem I have found in Christianity, time after time I have been made to feel that I’m not a good enough Christian, that I don’t love God enough, or that I don’t have the proper knowledge of the Bible because I’m not shouting at the top of my lungs, jumping up and down or throwing in as much scripture in conversations as I could. I find that it is often forgotten that although we are part of one body, that we are still individuals. I say all that to say this, before you try to judge a person that you consider “quiet”, try talking to them and trying to understand them instead of putting a label on who they are. I think back to the bible when I think of this subject; During his time, Jesus went into solitude when he needed to speak to our father and had to be in his “alone” time to truly get in touch with the holiness within him. Don’t get me wrong, we are not all of one thing, I’ll admit that I have extroverted tendencies when it comes to certain aspects of my life but for the most part I thrive in my inner world. I’m not sure how many of you will be able to relate, but if you are able, send some feedback my way! I would love to see this topic from a similar or different aspect.


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