Instead, we turn towards those who shout, figuratively and literally, as opposed to those who are more watchful and considering.

We afford the most mind to whomever posts the most shocking, revealing, attention grabbing or bombastic posts, as opposed to those who are more thoughtful, the information offered having been carefully selected and well articulated.

We live in a culture where the bullhorn is seen as top. Quiet is relegated to the lower rung or hardly noticed at all, dismissed to the sidelines, and even shunned.

We inhabit a society in which noise is perpetual and seen as a good thing. Talking and noise ever filling the quiet, even deemed a necessity by some.

No one is better than the other. We need them both.

Lastly, none of this is to say that there is anything wrong with being charismatic and outgoing. On the contrary, those are fantastic qualities, along with many other highly positive traits which extroverts possess. Instead, it’s saying that the more freedom we give to introverts to be themselves, and that when we stop assuming that being quiet means a dislike of social interaction or taking such to be a social impairment or detriment, that shifting our mindsets in these regards will be better for both extroverts and introverts alike.

Fervent writer. Ravenous reader. Impassioned with words. Relationship researcher. Social Scientist. Social Justice Advocate. Author. www.brookeenglish.com

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