The difference between extroverts and introverts
Maybe you are a shy person and are not sure if blogging is for you. Or, perhaps you just feel insecure in your blogging. In either case, this article is to empower you with reality and to dispel fear with facts.
When I was in high school, I took on the challenge of memorizing and reciting a passage from Shakespeare's Hamlet in order to bump up my English grade. I was introverted, and I stood up in front of those 25 classmates, and froze. A sentence into it, and I was lost. "I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth ..." I turned red, started sweating, and the teacher showed me no sympathy, not even throwing me a line. I knew that I was introverted, and I let it become a disability.
As humans, we tend to think of things as either/or. Either black or white, good or bad, hot or cold. We call these binaries, and they are almost never true opposites. Reality shows us that, between the colors black and white, there are infinite shades of gray. True binaries are rare, and computer programming is one of the few endeavors that finds them useful.
So, if you are thinking you are an introvert, you are probably wrong. You may be more introverted than some people, but you are not completely locked up inside your personal shell. The reality is that between introvert and extrovert there are infinite shades of sociality, and you lie somewhere in between the two.
We also tend to place binary pairs in hierarchies. For example, warm is better than cold, or sweet is better than sour. Reality shows that these hierarchies are inaccurate as well. So, extrovert is not better than introvert, just as black is not better than white.
Life is not so simple, but our brains categorize things this way to make decisions quickly. When we have time to sit down and think, we realize the complexity of life and the inaccuracy of simplicity.
I tend to be introverted and shy, as I was in high school, and I have even been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder. However, this does not hold me back from writing. In fact, in many ways, this quality empowers my written words.
John Green has said that writing is an occupation for introverts:
“Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don't want to make eye contact while doing it.”
The reality of introversion and extroversion
I have found that the reality of introversion and extroversion is that they are not true binaries, and they are not hierarchical. One is not better than the other, and few people are totally introverted or extroverted. Most of us lie somewhere in between.
Since they are not binary opposites, if you are an introvert, blogging might just be your vehicle for self-expression. You are free to communicate whatever you like, without the burden of presenting it face to face, in front of people. The reality is that you have tremendous skills and assets as an introvert that benefit your writing.
Many famous people and public figures are introverted, but they have obviously put it to good use. The slides below show just a few examples.
These people have become famous because introversion empowered them with positive qualities. Introversion is not a handicap, and it is not something that needs to be overcome or cured. Introverts just have a different type of connection with other people.
It's useful to compare introversion and extroversion side by side, and notice in the image below, that I am pointing out positive qualities in each.
The positive qualities in the list above give you power as a writer, and this is not a complete list. In addition, you probably have at least some positive qualities of an extrovert. For example, I have social anxiety, but I have trained myself to be a good public speaker. Many of us introverts can master some of the qualities of extroverts.
So, if you are introverted and considering blogging, or if you already blog and feel that it holds you back, remember the power that you have as an introvert:
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By Darin L. Hammond
Works for BlogCatalog, owns and writes at ZipMinis.com, and freelances as a writer and designer. Darin Publishes across the web on sites like Technorati, BC Blog, Blog Critics, Broowaha, Demand Media Studios, and Social Media Today. Google
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