Stereotyping Intro- And Extroversion Is Not Helping Us Self-Identify Better

This is an important explanation of categorizations that actually push us into societal differences rather than inclusiveness. I’ve recognized that, if I follow the spectrum, I am more extroverted, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have introverted qualities as well. This post obviously takes an unbiased stance to these stereotypes – what a refreshing read!

Thought Catalog

People seem to have fairly set ideas about what it means to be an introvert or an extrovert.

Some people readily identify with these categories, others can’t quite put themselves into one group or another. Either way, people are drawn to this process of categorization. I think that this is because of two things: 1) people need a sense of identity, and 2) categories like introversion/extroversion are easily understood and provide a framework we can relate to (even if we relate by rejecting either category).

In general, I resist any pull towards categorization or diagnosis: people are individuals and should be treated as such. But I do recognize that it can be quite powerful to identify with a particular group and that it’s useful for people that learn more about themselves if they can identify with others who are similar.

Today then, I’d like to talk about introversion and extroversion…

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