In the old days, a recluse was someone that lived in a cabin in the woods, on a deserted island, or behind closed doors of a huge apartment building.
In the future, a recluse might be defined as someone not using Facebook. If that turns out to be true, I will become a recluse.
Not everyone will want to do this...
I started to take the below quiz in today’s Guardian, but gave up about half way through. It was too obvious, that the result would tell me something I already know.
Unfortunately, this quiz gives no value judgment, as did the article I posted last year. But, perhaps that is unnecessary, because anyone with half a brain will recognize the value of introverts...
_ This is the headline of Time article:
Quiet and Powerful: Why Society Should Recognize the Strengths of Introverts
It talks about noticeable differences between outgoing and shy children. This what it says about introverts:
Many were born with a careful, sensitive temperament that predisposes them to look before they leap. And this can pay off handsomely as they grow, in the form of strong academics, enhanced creativity and even a unique brand of leadership and empathy.
I have written about introverts in earlier posts, because it is a subject close to my heart. These are special people, who are usually misunderstood. As the article points, some are shy but most are not. I am not shy; I merely prefer my own or selected company.
This article describes me rather well. Smart people have recognized my talents and qualities. I do not mind being misunderstood by the rest...
Introverts are people, too. They should have equal rights...to be understood, to be accepted, and to be left alone.
I must admit that I did not understand what it meant to be an introvert. I thought that it was some social disease, a parental failing, or contracted from an airport toilet seat.
The following article should be mandatory reading in all schools, thus saving many children (and, later, adults) from being ridiculed, outcast, or...bothered. At times, introverts just want to be left alone. But, like Puritans that hate the thought that someone somewhere might be happy, most people feel an urge to question other people's behavior and can't understand why someone might not want to interact.
Extroverts are the worst offenders, but that belongs to their nature.
Read the Atlantic Monthly piece and learn why it's tough to be an introvert...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.