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How to Thrive as an Introvert and Survive as an Extravert
I don't know many extraverts who wish they were introverted.  I know a lot of introverts, myself included, who at some time in their lives, seriously wished they were more extraverted.  Note, they don't want to become extraverts because they can see the disadvantages, which it seems not many extraverts seem to do.  Introverts consistently and relentlessly throughout life feel the pressure to be extraverted, as children playing, as pupils at school, as adolescents panting after romantic affiliations, in interviews for jobs, when functioning in teams at work, and when aspiring for leadership roles.

Even the evidence is stacked against us.  On average introverts are gloomier, more pessimistic, and admit to less well-being  and happiness in life.  The language of personality questionnaires measuring introversion-extraversion is often expressed negatively for introverts as though it is the undesired state from which we should seek to rescue ourselves or suffer the consequences.

Admittedly, almost everything in life is social from familes to education, from sports to employment, to politics, most arts and community life in one form or another.  It now seems that Introversion is not just a psychological condition (implying a lack of the desired extraversion) but rather  a genetically determined difference resulting in brain structures and functionning that are slightly different for introverts and extraverts.   Early experiences, the process of socialisation, and cultural learning can exacerbate these differences or close the gap.  The fact that there is a genetic difference suggests that there was evolutionary advantage at some time in our history to being introverted, or at least for some members of evolving groups or societies to be introverted.

I plan to use these pages to develop my thinking and understanding, and ideally share and engage in dialogue with others, to 

 #  Clarify what it really means to be introverted and also extraverted

 #  Identify the strengths of each disposition

 #  Describe practical ways in which introverts can thrive with confidence and also ways in which extraverts can learn to harness the benefits without succumbing to the pitfalls of being extraverted

These thoughts and the ideas of others may turn into a book and, if it does, all contributors will be fully acknowledged.

Pending the return of the comment facility, please give your views by email.

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