I was an introvert before I even knew what the word meant. As I got older, I realized that there are more than a few pervasive myths about introverts that categorize what kind of people we must be. Of course, I knew these myths to be untrue, unfair, and sometimes, even a little cruel. And I've oftentimes made a point of debunking them. At home. By myself.
I've always been curious about this dichotomy we've created between the introvert and extrovert— the supposed antisocial loner and the social butterfly. When was it that one was deemed more desirable than the other? What's wrong with preferring the company of a select few (or no one at all) over the company of many? When did being an introvert become "ugly" in society's eyes? It's a strange happening, particularly when you consider that science has found reason to believe we're born as introverts or extroverts — not nurtured into one or the other.
There's more to it than some people realize. We're all wired differently, and some of us are inevitably going to find fulfillment in places completely different from others. In comparing and contrasting introverts and extroverts, one is no lesser or greater than the other.
But, if you're going to start a conversation about the differences between the two, before you rush to assign value to each (which you shouldn't at all), let's get a few things straight, and debunk these myths about introverts once and for all.