Introverts Wrongly Accused of Bad Communication Skills
I am an inveterate talker. Yes, I have gotten into a habit of talking excessively when I am around those who are not as communicative as I am.
I am also an extrovert, as defined by many psychological typology tests. For those who are familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), I am an ENFP.
Being extroverted does not mean that we (who are extroverts) are good communicators. Often some of us talk too much because we may feel the need to "rescue" those who do not talk much. We often are not good listeners, because we can be uncomfortable with quiet and being alone, as that is not how we get our energy.
Conversely, being an introverted personality type does not mean a lack of or poor communication skills. It simply means that introverts energize through more reflection and observation, rather than bouncing ideas off of people. Constant interaction exhausts them.
One of the best TED Talks I have heard is from author and speaker Susan Cain. In The Power of Introverts Cain speaks of her life as an introvert, as she speaks to her audience. (This talk is about 18 minutes long and I highly recommend that all introverts and extroverts listen now, before you finish and comment.)
Each of us needs to be comfortable with who we are and how we operate, as well as how we see others in our world.
Perhaps, Cain's talk will be the beginning.
(For more from Susan Cain, visit her website: http://www.thepowerofintroverts.com/)
© Coral Levang, 2015
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