In Susan Cain’s, Quiet: The Power of introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,she states “If you’re an introvert, you also know that the bias against quiet can cause deep psychic pain. As a child you might have overheard your parents apologize for your shyness. Or at school you might have been prodded to come “out of your shell” -that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and some humans are just the same.”

It makes perfect sense that my quietness has sometimes been judged as stupidity. With silence also comes the judgment of incompetence and lack of understanding of certain social ‘norms’ and situations. What I believe the power of introverted individuals contain is the BETTER understanding of social situations. With social interaction comes the art of listening and the art, of course, is beautiful. This particular beauty…

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