The Toxicity of Introvert Culture

Imagine you’re at a get-together with some of your friends, and you meet someone new. You make small talk for a while, but then the conversation turns to fruit.

“I’m an apple-lover,” your new friend says, carefully explaining to you what that means, what apples are, and how apple-lovers are just so misunderstood.

When there’s a lull in the conversation, you say, “I like apples, but I actually prefer oranges.”

And that’s when the conversation gets nasty. Your new apple-loving friend demands to know how you could be so rude and inconsiderate to have different ideas about fruit. Clearly apple-lovers are superior, and orange-lovers need to know where their place is!

Now, I don’t know about you, but that whole scenario sounds pretty ridiculous to me. I mean, imagine being awful to someone else just because of one of their traits. Seems crazy, right?

Oh. Wait.

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Introverts for Extroverts

Last week, I gave the extroverts a spotlight to explain their personalities to introverts. This week, it’s the introverts’ turn. Granted, the internet was basically built for introverts, and thus, they tend to be more understood in online communities. However, the goal of this series is to show both sides of the spectrum, so it’s only fair that the introverts get a chance to speak as well.

As with last week, I received many responses to my survey that it would be difficult to include every single response to all of the questions. Instead, I’ll be quoting a handful of responses for each question, either in whole or in part. Don’t worry though, I made sure to include everyone who participated.

So, extroverts, are you ready to learn something new? Click below to read on!

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Extroverts for Introverts

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the first part of the Introverts & Extroverts series! Before I get started, I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped me out by participating in the survey I put out a few weeks ago. All of your responses were extremely helpful, no matter which end of the spectrum you fell on. I really enjoyed reading all of your responses, and I think I learned a thing or two myself! Thank you for all of your help and feedback!

Today, I want to cover the extroverts, since I feel like they often get overlooked. I think the internet especially needs to hear the extroverts’ side of the story, so I thought it fitting that they got to go first in this series.

Before starting, I want to say that because I received so many wonderful responses, it was hard to incorporate everything in this blog post. With that in mind, some responses are only quoted in part (though I took care to make sure nothing was taken out of context). I have also included at least one response from every participant.

So, introverts, are you ready to dive into the world of extroverts and learn something new?

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Introverts & Extroverts Survey & Post Series

Hello readers! Today I want to tell you about something I’m really excited about that’s coming up later this month.

I’m putting together a two-part blog post series in March about introverts and extroverts. On the internet, I see a lot of articles about introverts, everything from “What Introverts are REALLY Thinking!” to “Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Introvert in Your Life.” As Blimey Cow puts it in their video, “Extroverts Are People, Too,” there was a time in the world when being an introvert suddenly became “cool,” while being an extrovert made you the antagonist.

Let’s be real: both sides are misunderstood. As an introvert, there are a lot of things that I feel are misunderstood about me and my personality, but there are also a lot of things that I don’t understand about extroverts too. That’s why I want to put this together. I want to give introverts and extroverts a chance to explain themselves to the other side so that we can better understand each other and support each other.

But since I’m an introvert, it wouldn’t really be fair or right for just me to talk about this. Instead, I want to hear from you! I’ve created a survey using Google Forms in order to hear from introverts and extroverts alike. It’s split into two sections, one for introverts and one for extroverts. Each section has the same questions, just worded slightly differently to address each group (basically, I exchange “introvert” and “extrovert” where applicable).

I’ll be using your responses in my upcoming blog posts, and I’d love to have your thoughts and feedback! If you have a few moments today, you can fill out the survey using this link (https://goo.gl/forms/SSp2BKsmbnBfNdD93). You can also click the “read more” button below to view the survey right here on the blog!

If you have any questions about this survey, feel free to comment on this post. Thank you so much in advance for taking the time to help me out with this. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

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