Why Everyone And Their Mother Is Now Identifying As An Introvert | Thought Catalog
I thought this was a great little article. I've definitely noticed this. Not on here, but elsewhere on the internet, and in person. It seems like more and more people are coming out saying "I'm introverted!" when in reality, they aren't. It seems like nearly 80% of reddit identifies as introverts, and there is simply no reasonable way that statistic is right. It takes some time an understanding to figure out ones leaning (I mean, I thought I was an introvert for many years, a laughable notion now).Originally Posted by Excerpt
09-17-2015, 03:14 AM #1
Why Everyone And Their Mother Is Now Identifying As An Introvert
09-17-2015, 03:41 AM #2We told everyone that the only qualification for being an introvert is being intelligent and requiring alone time – two traits that every human being on earth is quick to identify with.
I think a lot of ambiverted or extroverted people call themselves introverts because the media has given it this sort of "special snowflake" vibe. Oh, yeah, introverts, they're the really cool sarcastic sidekick character that everyone loves, who's super smart because they're quiet and like to be alone sometimes. That is of course, not to say that an introvert truly cannot fit that picture; I just feel as if the true meaning behind the word "introvert" is losing its meaning.
09-17-2015, 03:48 AM #3
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In my experience, most people don't really understand the concept properly, and seem to mistake it as some sort of personal preference.
09-17-2015, 05:09 AM #4
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09-17-2015, 05:26 AM #5
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I have thought of myself as an introvert for years.
I didn't talk until I was almost 4.
I always liked hanging with friends, but many times preferred reading books, even as a child. I never was bored because I could make up my own entertainment, if needed.
Though now I wonder if I didn't become more introverted in reaction to life issues.
I was always outspoken in school, from earliest years through grad school. I was never as outgoing as my ESFP best friend or my ENTP brother or my ENFP mother.
I do enjoy good conversations and socializing.with friends. I make friends easy enough.
I enjoy interacting with people, even though I sometimes just try to avoid the limelight.
I suspect that many people thought I was pretty outgoing as a teenager.
So, I don't know what I am anymore...Originally Posted by Archilochus
Jesus said "Blessed are the peacemakers" not "blessed are the conflict avoiders.....
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09-17-2015, 07:07 AM #6
It is interesting. The hype on the internet/facebook re introversion is probably tied to the larger (at least western/U.S.) trend atm of trying to make everyone feel good about themselves and highlighting the historic underdog to compensate for previous slightings. While I don't feel there's anything 'wrong' with highlighting the positives of a certain type, it ends up keying in on another aspect of psychology, which is tons of people then wanting to identify with that type that is now being applauded.
But yeah, the reasons people then identify with something are tied to the generic elements, that everyone has in common.
Sometimes I've toyed with the idea of actually being an extrovert, as I was apparently pretty open and outgoing up until age 3-5, but given my entire life since then it just seems ludicrous to me - it would be meaningless to me and others to call myself an extrovert."...On and on and on and on he strode, far out over the sands, singing wildly to the sea, crying to greet the advent of the life that had cried to him." - James Joyce
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09-17-2015, 07:39 AM #8
Hard's read that this identification is based on exceptionalism, where people need to feel special and deep and will gravitate to labels with positive trait associations. We've all seen it before in the S vs N dichotomy. People who need to feel like they're deep and misunderstood because otherwise they'd be average and basic.
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