Susan Cain on Being an Introvert





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Published on Jan 1, 2016

See article: Maybe To Be More Creative, Be An Introvert

“Neither E = mc2 nor Paradise Lost was dashed off by a party animal.”

That is a quote by science journalist Winifred Gallagher, who notes: “The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing to engage with them is its long association with intellectual and artistic achievement.”

Gallagher is quoted by author Susan Cain, who declares: “Without introverts, the world would be devoid of: the theory of gravity; the theory of relativity; W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming”; Chopin’s nocturnes; Proust’s In Search of Lost Time; Peter Pan…”

Cain adds that psychologist Carl Jung noted “There is no such thing as a pure extrovert or a pure introvert. Such a [person] would be in the lunatic asylum.”

Cain says, “This is partly because we are all gloriously complex individuals, but also because there are so many different kinds of introverts and extroverts. Introversion and extroversion interact with our other personality traits and personal histories, producing wildly different kinds of people.

“So if you’re an artistic American guy whose father wished you’d try out for the football team like your rough-and-tumble brothers, you’ll be a very different kind of introvert from, say, a Finnish businesswoman whose parents were lighthouse keepers. (Finland is a famously introverted nation.”

Quotes are from her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

Here are more quotes and resources on the intersection of the personality traits of introversion and high sensitivity, with being creative.

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