the power of introverts + their collaboration w extroverts

(Video link here.)  There’s been a lot of buzz lately about Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

Author Susan Cain shines a spotlight on introverts and reveals how over time our society has come to look to extroverts as leaders. Not suggesting that one is better than the other, Susan argues that the world needs an equal space between introverts and extroverts; that an innovative, creative world wouldn’t be the same without the two coming together.

We were really heartened to see it, and this charming little movie about it, being serious introverts ourselves — OURSELF? — happy to hide out for days at a time writing and making things, being in the world in less usual ways.

Introverts work differently than extroverts, but in our  experience, a collaboration of the two make for powerful creativity – and often, the roles begin to mesh and marry: the introvert becoming more extroverted, the extravert embracing introvert ways to cool out.

What are you?

via Laughing Squid

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4 Responses to the power of introverts + their collaboration w extroverts

  1. Elisa 04.30.2013 at 8:01am #

    I am the self that is expressed at any given moment. I am very glad that I do not have to search for mirrors and then to attempt to reflect what is seen by others as if I am a sculpture, created by that outside of me.

  2. jody 04.30.2013 at 10:02am #

    so beautiful Elisa – “I am the self that is expressed at any given moment.”
    mirrors do have a way of finding us 🙂
    as for introvert/extrovert…depends on the reflection!
    i notice i switch in between the two in various degrees and intensities
    for me, its an inner experience that is fluid and connected as i lean one way or another…

  3. leduesorelle 04.30.2013 at 10:56am #

    I’ve learned to be a situational extrovert, and always need an equal amount of introverted time to recover… Most times I’m comfortable with my own company; the only exception is eating alone in restaurants, a place that I very much enjoy sharing with extroverts!

  4. Paul Metsä 04.30.2013 at 12:59pm #

    “….the extrovert embracing introvert ways to cool out.” lol, yeah… right. I’m holding my breath waiting to see that happen. same thing regarding the bit in the clip about them ‘needing’ each other. I think you’ll find most introverts would not agree with you. apart from sometimes having cantankerous personalities (I said Sometimes!), introverts get on quite well by themselves and it’s pretty well acknowledged would run the world in a much better fashion,… with the key word being would. oh well……..

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