The Introverted Me

I am first and foremost, an introvert by nature.

In my growing up years, I got used to seeing report books from my primary school teachers with comments like  “Very quiet in class”, “Should speak up more often” and “Reserved and shy”. I had always felt half-angry and half-confused with these comments, as I did not see the need to speak up if I had nothing good to say.

Needless to say, my introversion carried over into my adult life. Then I picked up Susan Cain’s book, titled “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” in 2012, and my life has never been the same. For the first time, someone had taken the time to write down all the things that were great about being an introvert! The book set off a literary storm in the US and many introverts felt a sense of vindication as they felt that they had finally been given a voice that represented who they were as human beings.

Susan Cain’s book sparked off a tirade of social media comments and reviews as the world has since then taken a fresh look at the world of introverts. As I read post after post, I realised that I had become obsessed about two things – (a) to recognise the power I already have within me as an introvert, and (b) to simultaneously recognise the shortcomings of being one, and finding out how I can further improve myself to be a better all-around person.

You may say, “If I am comfortable with being an introvert, why can’t I just maintain my status quo?” Fair enough – who am I to judge whether you should take steps to enhance your life? But the reality is that we live in a world that is filled with both introverts AND extroverts, and that is when knowing how to behave when with an extrovert can become important. For the small group of introverts who have become aware of their own limitations in social or work situations, it is my intention to use this website as a one-stop online resource to help us better navigate the social jungle.

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