So today I read this which is basically a recap of a debate that has apparently been going on for some time.
The contention essentially surrounds the assertion that introverts are an oppressed people group, similarly to how women were oppressed in the 1950s.
As someone who is both obsessed with studying personality and with exclusively dating introverts, I found this interesting. I’m technically an extrovert, though I’m often shy in unfamiliar social situations, hate using the phone, etc.
So I decided to survey some introverts. Do you think you are oppressed or marginalized because you’re an introvert?” I asked.
“Oh I read that already.” (Silence)
“I used to feel bad about being an introvert until I met you.” (See, some good can come from these effed up relationships we’re always talking about!)
[insert some nonplussed semi-reaction followed by correction of my word choice when introducing the topic; I said 'salacious' when what I meant was 'inflammatory', apparently] (INTJ)
Not too helpful. But I guess I shouldn’t have expected my lil introverts to be too verbose.
Anyway, I’m a teacher, and as a formerly basically-introverted student, I try to be really sensitive to and make accommodations for students who I know have ideas and want to participate but don’t feel comfortable talking out loud in front of others. I’m not sure everyone does this (and it’s certainly a violation of the Socratic method).
But I’m curious, is society actually organized in an extrovert-preferring way, or is it simply easier to go through life if you have an easier time expressing and asserting yourself? Are there mechanisms that could be put in place to benefit introverts and compensate for said oppression, if it exists? What would that even look like?
Would like to hear from introverts about whether they feel oppressed and why. Also you can go ahead and attach pictures if you want, maybe I’ll end up dating you.