The Huffington Post:
It is very hip to label yourself an introvert. Part of this is due to the well-researched, profound, well-written treatise by Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. If you haven’t read it, you are in for a treat (and for some strange reason, it costs less than $3 on Amazon).
Let’s correct some misconceptions. Introversion is not about a preference to be alone. It’s not about being anxious around other people. It is not about being overwhelmed by cortical activity in the absence of stimulation. Essentially, introversion is about deriving less reward from being the center of social attention. Getting the spotlight is not that important or fulfilling. Extroverts, in contrast, love social attention. It energizes them, it brings out their best qualities, and it bolsters their stamina, extemporaneous thinking, and productivity.
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