Can you name some famous introverts? Some of the names may surprise you. Answer below 🙂
Those who know me, know I’m an introvert. So this may also come as a surprise.
My #1 favorite thing is–other people.
First, let’s take a look at what being an introvert actually means and explode a few myths while we’re at it.
Myth #1: Introverts like to be alone.
Not true. As Sophia Dembling in PsychologyToday.com’s Introvert’s Corner says, “Introverts are people, and people need people. That’s human nature.” (Aaand of course Streisand singing “People”…”people who need people” loops in my head.) It’s just that, being quiet is how I recharge my batteries. While many people get energy from groups, like big parties–I don’t know the science behind it but maybe it’s like being in front of a really big pipe organ playing Phantom–introverts can get overstimulated.
You can prove this if you don’t believe me. Take your introverted SO to a quiet library. He/she will happily stay there hours, even if it’s wall-to-wall people.
Myth #2: Introverts don’t like other people.
Actually, just the opposite. We care so much about our relationships, we’re all about one-on-one time.
Okay, if that’s true, why do introverted friends screen phone calls, even from friends?
Because we want to be sure we’re mentally and emotionally in the right place to give our friends our very best.
If an introvert loves you, you’re really special to them.
Myth #3: Introverts can’t be leaders.
Not according to Susan Cain’s life-altering book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Introversion isn’t a handicap. It doesn’t stop a person from doing anything. From PsychologyToday.com’s post 5 Myths Abount Introverts and Extraverts At Work by Adam Grant, Ph. D.: ‘As actress Emma Watson (a.k.a. Hermione Granger) laments, “If you’re anything other than an extravert you’re made to think there’s something wrong with you.”’ Now that people are beginning to recognize that, ‘Leaders are coming out of the introvert closet in droves.’
Are you introverted? Here’s a quiz you can take, 23 Signs You’re Secretly An Introvert at HuffingtonPost.com.
Those famous introverts? Emma Watson, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, Heath Ledger, JK Rowling, Lady Gaga, Michael Jordon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Harrison Ford, Charles Darwin, Marilyn Monroe, David Letterman, Courtney Cox, Christina Aguilera, Audrey Hepburn…add yours below!
Let’s get to know each other! In my first year as a Magical Musings blogger, I’m exploring my 10 favorite things. This is number one.