While scrolling through the business category of TED talks, one called The Power of Introverts really caught my eye for a few reasons. The first thought that popped into my head was, how often do we see the words power and introvert together? I immediately could relate to the TED talk, as I grew up as a total extrovert in a completely introverted family. There were some times growing up when I convinced myself that I was adopted, but there were also some amazing learning experiences that I would have never had, was it not for my introverted family. The TED talk about the power of introverts intrigued me, as I had never heard anything like it. I thought that I really owed it to my family to choose this one and share my findings. Also, Susan Cain, the speaker, uses one of our words of the day in her talk (milieu), making her even more awesome!
Susan Cain’s very first point hit home for me. She explained how she would always bring books to read to summer camp, but she was constantly encouraged to be more energetic and rowdy by those around her. I couldn’t help but to laugh at this part as my family members would do the exact same thing, and still do on every family vacation. Again, I am not that type of person who finds alone time beneficial, but I have learned the value of alone time from my family who constantly encourages it.
Susan Cain brings up the point that society needs a better cultural balance between introverts and extroverts. I agree with her but have trouble finding out the best ways to go about doing so. As an extrovert who was raised by introverts, I think I have a very unique perspective on the issue and can confidently say that I can see, understand, and interact with a great balance of introverts and extroverts. Therefore, I do believe that it is necessary and beneficial to society to create a better balance of the two. Cain claims that her call for action would be three things. The first call for action is that society needs to stop constantly creating group-work settings. Society needs to allow individuals to have alone time to develop their thoughts. Second, society needs to go into the wilderness more often in hopes of finding out new things about themselves. Third, as a society we need to look deeply into ourselves and find out what makes us who we are. Then, we need to share it with the world.
My question to the blog readers is… is this enough? Do you think these three calls for action can make a difference in society that is geared toward extroverts?