The Atlantic features an article from its archives entitled “Caring for Your Introvert”–something that sounds more like a Chia Pet commercial than an exploration of the misanthrope in us.
As the author, Jonathan Rauch, notes:
Introverts may be common, but they are also among the most misunderstood and aggrieved groups in America, possibly the world.
Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially “on,” we introverts need to turn off and recharge. My own formula is roughly two hours alone for every hour of socializing. This isn’t antisocial. It isn’t a sign of depression. It does not call for medication.
So the next time you find yourself chiding someone for choosing to wash their hair on a Friday night, ask yourself: A party pooper, or an introvert?