I remember reading lots as a child. If I ever disappeared, it would be because I was lost in a book someplace. As an introvert, books provided an excellent space for exploration and discovery. As I grew older, I began to realize that the world we live in has a biased design. A number of public establishments tend to cater more towards extroverts than they do to introverts. In places such as schools and a large number of workplaces, it is celebrated to be extroverted. Introverts are often times forced into believing the notion that being extroverted is the way to be, and that introversion is not the correct way to achieve success.
Success can be found in many ways. It should never be associated with how a person prefers to accept stimuli from the outside world. Precisely, the main difference between introverts and extroverts is that introverts prefer to be stimulated in small amounts, whereas extroverts prefer the alternative. An introvert’s ideal thriving environment may be a quiet space with lots to analyze and read. This should be celebrated because a large amount of information is hidden beneath pages and pages of books. Books, and any form of written documentation is the reason why we, as a species, understand so much about our history.
An introvert’s perfect space, of course, is much different than that of an extrovert. It is important to understand these differences and provide thriving environments for both types of people. Movement in this direction would be beneficial to us all, because we are stronger and can have greater achievements as a unit, rather than solo. It is equally important to understand that although introverts prefer to keep to themselves most of the time, there are times at which they want to be around others. It is a misconception to assume that an introvert is a loner, and somebody that should not be associated with. Everybody needs and deserves to have healthy relationships with other human beings. An introvert may choose to read a book instead of engaging in a classroom activity that embraces extroversion; however, an introvert may also choose to spend quality time with a close friend over morning coffee.
The best types of places for introverts are those that provide the appropriate stimuli. Introverts prefer peace over chaos. Respecting an introvert’s space and life choices is a necessity. In order for an introvert to be truly happy, he or she must be able to express themselves fully. This can be difficult to do when a large number of public spaces discourage introverted tendencies. Our world must evolve and work harder to encourage activities such as reading, watching films, and sharing a cup of tea with family in the comfort of one’s home.
I remember my mother always pushing me to “go outside” because the weather was nice, even if I would prefer to stay home. In her mind, a day indoors was a wasted day. In an introvert’s mind, a day indoors is an opportunity for perfection. It is crucial to allow introverts to make choices that are preferable to them instead of forcing extroverted ideas into their lifestyle. An introvert’s utopia can only be created by the mind of an introvert. It is time to encourage the children in our society to accept themselves as introverts, and stop trying to be the opposite of who they really are. It can be difficult, especially for children, to feel like themselves when the outside messages they receive from school are muddled.
Our society and its leaders have a responsibility to be inclusive of all people. Introverts should be able to live in a world that allows them to be expressive in ways that correspond with their inner strengths. An extroverted world can be a jail for an introvert because it does not provide an opportunity for introverts to thrive. One way to achieve this, for example, in schools is to encourage students to approach projects and assignments creatively. It is important to allow students to complete tasks and participate in ways that are most comfortable for them, rather than following a set guideline that mostly caters to extroverts.
A happy world is a world in which both extroverts and introverts can co-exist, and be praised for their differences. In order to develop a mind-space of near-perfection, an introvert must be provided with the correct tools and endless support from our society.