Definition of Introvert

Who Else Wants to Be Understood? A New Definition of Introvert?

Language matters.  Because language holds power.  What might come out of our mouths could be, at times, a jumbled mess, or even non-sensical transposed first letters of subsequent words.  Sometimes our minds might buzz like poorly tuned radio stations when put on the spot in social situations.

But introverts are generally thoughtful people.  We observe.  We write.  We contemplate.  We reflect.

We go inward to find meaning.  To discover truths about ourselves and about the world around us.

How we think, how we write, how we contemplate, and how we reflect matters.  What also matters is how we define ourselves.  These few words are the window frame through which we perceive ourselves and the world.  These words affect what we observe.

A common definition of introvert is a “shy, reticent person” (Online Merriam Webster).  A number of recent books have begun to surface that question this definition¹.  The tide may be turning.

If we have a quiet power, our words embody it when we do speak.  To ourselves.  And in our actions.  To the world.  And we must ensure that our window frames allow us to see clearly and broadly so that we can offer up who we truly are.  To connect.  To be understood in the way we desire.

What about a new definition of introvert?

in·tro·vert /ˈintrəˌvərt/

noun. 1. inwardly bold person with profound perception and power.

How would you define introvert?  How would you define yourself?


Sources or Attributions:

1.  “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.”  Susan Cain





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Hi! I'm Eva Rubin, LCSW. I study the psychology and the art of how to live well as an introvert and sensitive person so that I can learn and share it with you.
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