Lately there have been a plethora of articles about introversion. All of them seem to come from the standpoint that introverts are persecuted and the world needs to be made aware of them because, poor kids, they just can't do it for themselves.
One Tumblr post must have resulted in a landslide of bloggers shaking with anticipation and desire to jump on the bandwagon. And like any viral trend, the backlash was inevitable. And fierce. I have seen as many articles about extroverts lately as well. One in particular was extremely offensive to... humans in general. Not going to name names, but *cough* 15 Unmistakable, Outrageously Secret Signs You're an Extrovert *cough*...
All this mania about who is an introvert... extrovert... something in the middle vert... Why do we feel the need to focus on everything that creates division in relationships?
I remember having a conversation with my friend, who is friendly, outgoing, smart, endearingly opinionated, and an extremely talented public speaker, in which she claimed to be "Somewhere in the middle" between an extrovert and an introvert. All I could remember thinking is "If you are in any way introverted, then what does that make me?"
I am the poster boy for introversion in many ways. I get my energy from study, solitude, art, and creativity. I give my energy away to others in social situations. Often, these situations leave me feeling drained. But I don't consider that a bad thing! I am very conscious of how and when I give my energy away and I make sure I do it for a good reason. I am practiced enough at this that I no longer feel like I used to: That I am wasting myself when I do so.
I can say with confidence that I am a true introvert.
Yet, do I seem to exhibit behaviors that most would say are not the signs of introversion? I keep a blog. I write constantly about film, life, and other topics. I have learned how to share about myself like 'normal' individuals.
All these things suggest extroversion right? Right?...
No. They don't.
And why should they?
We are human beings. We are all unique. And quite frankly, we have grossly misappropriated the meaning of the distinction between extroversion and introversion. These are simply character traits folks. Granted, they are important and far-reaching traits that inform much of the rest of our personalities, but they are only a piece of the puzzle nonetheless.
Here is what the apostle Paul has to say about this:
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together." - 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
So, please, can we stop focusing on what makes us divided? Unity is the rally cry of the Church, not Better/Worse!
We ALL have a use, we ALL have a purpose!
Let us all treat each other in light of that truth! Whether one is introverted or extroverted, he/she should be appreciated and loved for that fact, whichever it may be!
It is time to just be human beings