“If you’re an introvert, you also know that the bias against quiet can cause deep psychic pain. As a child you might have overheard your parents apologize for your shyness. Or at school you might have been prodded to come “out of your shell”— that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and some humans are just the same.” ~ Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (via creatingaquietmind)
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Being an adult introvert and a quiet child I do somewhat identify with the experiences expressed in the quote above. Quietness leaves many extroverts and some marginal introverts uncomfortable — perhaps experiencing a need to “fill in the void” which in turn may leave the quiet child with the perception there’s something wrong with them.
However, I haven’t heard the expression, “some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and some humans are just the same” but it strikes a chord with my own life experiences. I can sometimes be lost, and safe, in my own happy little shelter in the midst of what I perceive as chaos. I’m not sure if this is good or bad or even if it matters, just food for thought.
Photo: “Morning sun on mossy log” – iPhone4 photo