Creating the Perfect World, Introvert Style

insideOutI’m trying to imagine what the world would be like if the ratio of introverts to extroverts were switched.  What if we were the 75% majority with the extroverts being the 25% (or 66% : 33%, depending on your source)?  I think we’d see a radically different world.  There’s no way to determine that for sure, but it’s fun to think about.  I’ve been working on this idea for a little while and am amazed at the huge number of constraints that the extrovert mentality puts on us.  I’m going to create a series of blogs talking about what I think our homes, schools, shops, cities, government and world will be like if we ran things, and invite you to join in with your imaginings.

According to Marti Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage, there are several advantages to being an introvert:

  • work well with others, especially in one-to-one relationships
  • maintain long-term friendships
  • flexible
  • independent
  • strong ability to concentrate
  • self-reflective
  • responsible
  • creative, out-of-the-box thinking
  • analytical skills that integrate complexity
  • studious and smart

What does this translate to if we were in control of the world?  What if those were the traits of the ruling majority?

My next blog will be about designing the perfect introvert house.  If money were no object, and if you could design the perfect home for you, what would it be like?  Where would you put it?  What would your interior and exterior spaces be like?  If you have someone in your life who is more on the extro- side of the -vert line, how would you accommodate that person?

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  Look for my ongoing series debunking the introvert myths (Sunday) and introvert cartoons (Wednesday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime.  Come and share with like-minded introverts.  I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.

16 thoughts on “Creating the Perfect World, Introvert Style

  1. Hi Chris: When I am with my “stereotypically” extroverted friends, they all claim that I am an introvert, but when I am with “stereotypically” introverted friends, they claim that I am an extrovert. Go figure! If I had to choose just one, which I don’t like to do, I would say that I am an introvert. However, I prefer to think we are all introverted AND extroverted, and the various complex elements of who we are take center stage in different occasions and situations. I think that is true for me. Your blog is always fun to read!

    • The message I’m trying to get across, because its’ the thing that has made the most difference to me, is to be aware of where and how you gain energy and when you seem to lose it faster than at other times. The labels don’t matter nearly as much as how you take care of yourself. Having the understanding of that is a wonderful tool.

      Have a re-energizing day!

  2. I’m an extreme introvert who is also a connector, so I love people, especially in small numbers. Connecting, especially when we have many things in common, is energizing and intense; then afterwards I need space to recoup. I’ll spend time on the ‘net or reading or crafting. It took me so long to figure out all this, but The Introvert Advantage helped, as did the StrengthsFinder assessment, which we were given at my last job (and which resulted in my being let go LOL). Wish I’d known some of this years ago; it would have made a huge difference. I love you blog; it’s so good to see positive attitudes to introverts.

  3. In a world run by introverts there might not be as many malls or amusement parks! I say this with tongue in cheek, but honestly, talk about totally exhausting for an introvert… OR at the amusement park there would be ‘private quiet rooms’ for regeneration!

  4. I expect there would be a lot of very positive changes. For one, we would have fewer bloviating people on the radio and tv to be in our heads all the time. I love quiet and solitude. More of that would do us all good.

  5. Thanks for the follow. I am one of those wacky extrovert but married for many years to an extreme introvert. Looking forward to learning from you . thanks so much for the follow! Smiles. . . .

  6. Maybe we actually are the majority!?? But many of us struggle to be like extroverts since that’s supposed to be the “right” thing to be?

    The more I read of this, the more it resembles the personal qualities of ADHD/Asperger (which I am) and others within the NPF-spectra. And it seems to me that many many more people have these qualities, not necessarily so strong that they get any diagnosis. The sad thing is that we are regarded as “sick” or “wrong” while we rather perhaps were the kind of people the mankind couldn’t have gone so far as we have. Without us strong visionaries with strength and fantasy and courage, we might still have been sitting in our caves. Or maybe even in the tree tops with the other monkeys.

    But why do we still label people?

    (NPF= NeuroPsycoatrical Functionaldisorders – though personally I don’t think it’s a disorder at all. It’s an asset! A gift from life itself!)

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