One of my all time favourite books is Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.
For the record, my Myers-Briggs is ENFJ. My E and I is close and my P and J are also close. I kind of look at myself as an Extrovert Introvert.
One of the reasons I love Cain’s book so much is because it does shine some light on what presume is the success of the extrovert. It also shares how we underestimate the power of the introvert.
As an example, think of some of the qualities we like in a leader. Great charisma, great communicator, ability to inspire etc. Qualities more recognized in an extrovert or an introvert leaders. We underestimate the ability to prepare and to push themselves and others.
In this article, Cain argues that our society has a cultural bias towards extroverts. As an example, here is what she says about the education system.
In a way education by its nature favours the extrovert because you are taking kids and putting them into a big classroom, which is automatically going to be a high-stimulation environment. Probably the best way of teaching in general is one on one, but that’s not something everyone can afford. So, school ends up becoming this place where introverted kids learn that they have to act like extroverts.
What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree that Society has a cultural bias towards extroverts?
Shortly before the start of the first millennium, the Roman poet Virgil wrote “love conquers all things; let us too surrender to Love.”
The phrase and the concept (in Latin and in English) caught on: a character in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, written in the late 1300s, wore a brooch engraved “Amor Vincit Omnia”; Caravaggio used the phrase as the title of his painting of Cupid in the early seventeenth century; the twentieth century poet Edgar Bowers reinterpreted the phrase all over again in the poem with that title.
The ideal Love Conquers All is captured in pretty much every romantic movie that has ever been made. It’s an ideal that many want to live by.
But do you Agree or Disagree that Love Conquers All?