|Sent on:||Wednesday, August 15, 2012 9:19 PM|
We just hit a milestone 100 members in our group. We've grown by leaps and bounds since I founded the group on May 28. This is a testament to the fact that introverts really are social people, who simply have different needs and face greater challenges when it comes to establishing a fulfilling social agenda.
I posted the below text on the discussion boards when membership reached 15, and a lot of you have seen it, but this seemed like a good time to reiterate to all of you why this group exists.
I didn't create this group just to get people to join me in doing the things that I want to do. For me, I hope this will be an opportunity to meet new people and experience new things. But more important than what I want for me is what I want for you and others like you.
As I said in the introduction, I only recently discovered that introversion is a perfectly normal way of being for many of us. One third to one half of people in our society are introverts. You'd never guess that. So many of us try to pass as extraverts, because society treats our disposition like a mental illness, and us like broken people. I smile a lot to myself lately, when I remember that I don't have to admonish myself for my love of quiet and my need to recharge in solitude. I strongly suspect that my social anxiety is the result of being taught my whole life that those things are lamentable flaws, that I am peculiar; that I'm damaged, though I have forgotten how the fracture occurred. I think now that I am not damaged at all, but too accustomed to the nonacceptance of my brand of normalcy.
If you didn't know that you're OK, it's not your fault. Society in general is oblivious to the fact. It can be a fantastic relief when you discover it for the first time, a rebirth of sorts. And if there are more people out there like me, who have yet to learn that there is nothing wrong with who they are, I want nothing more than to share that revelation with them.
Please share your ideas.