The article “Introversion: The Often Forgotten Factor Impacting the Gifted” by Jill D. Burruss and Lisa Kaenzig begins by giving examples of how an introvert may behave. The authors continue by explaining that introversion is in not an issue, but a personality type which differs from that of the “normal,” more outgoing and friendly personality type, extroversion. Introverts and extroverts are different personality types, most people fall into one of the two categories. Typically, an introvert’s main focus is in the internal world of thoughts, while an extrovert's main focus is on the external world of people and events. Introverts tend to enjoy alone time, working on their own, and are usually quiet, and extroverts are typically social, enjoy
Susan Cain, a well known and appreciated writer from America in the field of psychology, recently held a speech on one of the famous TED talks and entirely captured me by trying to give the audience an understanding of introversion.
Introversion was defined as “withdrawn and often shy, and they tend to focus on themselves, on their own thoughts and feelings” (Jung, 1923) Therefore focusing on this personality trait can help to better understand why people tend to be reserved and withdrawn from everyday life. Carl Jung was the creator of the neopsychoanalytical approach, which focused on psychic energy. While Gordon Allport and Hans Eysenck contributor to the trait theory, focused on biology and individualized traits. Jung, Eysenck and Allport focused on extrovert vs. introvert, yet had completely different ideas of how introversion is seen in everyday life. Personally believeing this trait is one I carry, focusing on completely different approaches will bring light to many explanations of why people act the way they do, including myself. By using both case studies and personal work from the works of Jung, Eysenck, and Allport researching introversion should not be a an issue. Although there is a lot of work to do with introversion, through this research one can get a better overview.
Susan Cain is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. Since graduating Cain has become the chief revolutionary and co-founder of the Quiet Revolution and the co-founder of the Quiet Schools Network and the Quiet Leadership Institute. Cain is also the author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for almost three years and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine. The goal of the Quiet Revolution is to unlock the power of introverts for the benefits of everyone which was discussed in the TED talk that is being analyzed in this essay. The TED talk “The power of introverts” has been viewed over 17 million times and was named one of Bill Gates all-time favorite talks. The purpose of this speech was to inform the audience about how introversion is not what most people make it out to be. Throughout her speech, Cain compares and contrast introversion with extroversion and
I have always been interested in people, more so than the average. That interest contributed to me being a quiet adolescent because I always wanted to listen to what others were talking about, how they said it, and how others reacted. In a homogenous community where certain ideals of race, gender roles, sexual orientation, and religion were upheld, however, there was only so much I could get from my surroundings, especially from those my own age. I wanted more and found it in the pages of National Geographic Traveler and the internet as well once my parents eased the reins of censorship. Those two combined gave me access to a world outside my small, Southern town and helped me realize just how shielded I was from the experiences of those who
America is a country with many reputations, and not all of them are favorable. In fact, many of them are the opposite- one of the most notorious being their loudness. This is a country full of extroverts- at least, that is the desired goal. Extroverts are the ones who are, stereotypically, the best leaders, charismatic, funny, and altogether more well liked and respected. It is not like this everywhere; the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia) are three well-known examples of cultures that value the power of silence (introvert-inspiration). America’s value of its outspoken and flamboyant citizens reflects in the classroom, beginning in elementary school and lasting until the very end of senior year of high school.
What do Rosa Parks, Bill Gates and Emma Watson have in common? All three share a mutual trait with at least one-third of the human population; they are introverts. People with this trait have a personality that causes them to be drained of energy after social situations. Having this quiet, introspective demeanor does not mean that an introverted person is necessarily antisocial or mute. Introversion simply means that such individuals need time for themselves to “recharge” (Schocker). Additionally, these self-observers are not even necessarily shy. Instead, they like to listen and reflect (Mcdowell). Many introverts have been influential, successful people; still, they have become a marginalized group in the collegiate setting, but if given an opportunity, reserved young adults can be just as prosperous at the
On April 4, I watched the TED Talk of Susan Cain, a writer. She claimed that introverts are not shy or antisocial. Specifically she claimed that introverts are not inferior to anyone just because they want to work alone. As she said, “Introverts feel at their most alive ….. and their most capable when they’re in quieter, more low-key environment.” Although some people believe that introverts like to work individually because they are shy, Cain insisted that they do that because that's how they bring out their full potential and be more creative. She stated that it's everyone's loss when introverts are told that what they are doing should not be done in this society to support that introverts have their own way of doing things which makes them
For starters it failed to mention how the researchers took into account gender, race, nationality, on or off campus to ensure that these factors were isolated so that they would not impact the results of the data. Although it can be inferred by time spent in the secondary source that the popularity of extroverted people is the main reason for the composition of a persons’ friend group, it does not explicitly state that the popularity is the main factor shaping social interactions in this study. Another factor that the study did not mention is that the potential criticism, that the authors acknowledged, which is that MBA students are likely to be more extroverted than the general population. The authors do however say that the study is generally applicable because they are making claims about any social environment. It does make me wonder though if the difference between extroverts and introverts is actually understated with less introverts being in a pool of MBA students.
A research can only be effective if the researcher is able to present the results successfully and proficiently to their audience. For this reason, it is important to research topics that you are knowledgeable about and interested in emerging an educational hypotheses question for research. In the TED talk presentation, Susan Cain presented an excellent presentation on, “The power of introverts”, a topic that she had experience, observed and researched and for many years. The topic is one in which she is passionate about, it took her seven years to write and complete the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Thus, this research was clearly described by Ms. Cain and the important of the
There are two main theories that help identify a person’s personality type, the introvert or the extravert. These ideas became popular by: Carl Jung, he also believed that people at different times showed both characteristics of the introvert and the extravert. Most people are neither introverts nor extraverts they share a mix of the characteristics that define an introvert or an extravert.
Before I started to research for my project, I had a little background knowledge on my topic. I knew a little about the brain and emotions, since last year in science we learnt a bit about it, but we didn’t go into any real depth. Prior to the research I knew that the amygdala, hypothalamus and pituitary gland help in producing emotions, and what an introvert and what an extravert is, but not in any real detail; I didn’t know what causes people to become an introvert or an extravert, or all of the different parts of the brain that help to create emotions and interact with others. What I needed to know was the neurological and psychological differences between introverts and extraverts, all the parts of our brain that helps us to interact
According to many psychologists and other social experts, there exist two major social behaviors that are widely adopted globally by a person as they mature into young adulthood: extraversion or introversion. Extroverts are expressive individuals who appear to be energized and enjoy seeking activities that involve socialization with others where as a reserved individual (introvert) prefers solitary pursuits where he or she often partakes in a favorite pastime. In her novel Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength, Laurie Helgoe statistically explores the fact that more than one half of the American populace claims to be reticent and encourages those folks to embrace their natural selves (“Book Details” 1). Introverts
In a 1978 study, participants oriented their questions based on if they expected their partner to be an introvert or an extrovert. In a study where participants were shown a mock crime file featuring circumstantial evidence, participants who searched for additional evidence, they interpreted the additional information in a way to confirm their hypothesis.