Another example, as in the case of friends, you ask and ask a friend to go somewhere with you, perhaps to an event, and are turned down, more than one time. Why, you ask yourself, as you perhaps wrongly assume that the friend just does not want to be with you.
In Ms Cain's book, she explains the introvert personality through history, science and research. True introverts are not good at making small talk; it makes them uncomfortable -- parties and large groups may be too much, and even having to endure a long dinner with friends where everyone just talks, is difficult. Or large, noisy crowds where extroverts are energized by people, introverts are drained by them and have to leave to re-group. It is almost physically painful, which explains the sudden departure.
There are degrees, of course, on the spectrum of introversion and extroversion. Introverts are the best listeners. They do not feel that in social situations they have to talk all the time. Observing the scene is their preferred method of participation. Introverts enjoy and thrive in their alone time. This is where they work best, writing, thinking, reading, planning, creating, enjoying their inner world. But in our have-to-be-extroverted society, introverts are often misunderstood in many situations like school and work, and in school situations, especially before college, have to be "fixed" by parents and teachers who don't understand.
And of course, I am not talking about ignoring a child who is depressed and having real problems at school. Imagine a a child who is quiet, loves to be alone much of the time, likes to read, work on projects, is happy, has a few good friends, gets good grades, but. . .the parents are worried. Why doesn't he/she like play dates, going to social events at school, or talk much? What is wrong? He/she will never be a success in college or in life unless he/she becomes more outgoing, more assertive, think the parents.
Consider a few examples of introverts who have changed the world: Albert Einstein, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Rosa Parks. . . .
Can an extrovert and introvert be married to one another and be happy? Yes!
To be continued. . . .
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