You may remember Susan Cain’s revolutionary talk from TED2012, on the quiet, unseen power of introverts. Careful to acknowledge that many of us hold both extroverted and introverted traits, she points out that many of our most publically treasured figures have introverted tendencies — yet we still “favor the man of action over the man of contemplation.” Cain’s book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, delves further into why this discrimination occurs.
We stumbled upon this brand new web series based on Quiet, created and narrated by Daniel Widfeldt Lomas and animated by Petri Ltajif. In this delightfully illustrated first episode, Lomas lays out the adjectives associated with introversion: lazy, slow and boring. But to think of introverts in a disparaging way doesn’t give credit to the many gifts they may hold: their ability to work deliberately, their strong concentration and their love of contemplation. Echoing Cain’s work, Lomas shares the many complex personalities that our introvert-or-extrovert model fails to encompass.
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