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  • Writer's pictureValarie Stephens

Introverts: Breaking Down Stereotypes One Step At A Time

There was a time in my life when I believed that blending into society and fitting in was all that mattered. That having social acceptance and validation was my key to normalcy.

Well, what I know now that I didn't know way back when is that my quiet introverted nature is what truly makes me uniquely me. The truth is, I've never actually blended into society, nor have I fit into most social clicks. I'm proud to be the individual that I am today without compromising who I am or changing to fit into whatever society's idea of normal is. I truly love being me and thriving in my own creative space.

When we talk about what "normal" is, it means different things to different people. For some, going to the club or partying every week is their normal. For others normal may be curling up with a good book for the weekend. It is truly about appreciating the beauty of normal for each individual person.

Introverts are part of the human population that is hugely misunderstood, misjudged and mislabeled. This lack of understanding is something that often brings about negative judgement in others if someone does not necessarily fit into the norm of whatever they're environment may be. So, what are some of the negatives?

  • Introverts have something to hide

  • Introverts cannot be trusted

  • Introverts are aloof

  • Introverts dislike being around other people

Judgement can be a harsh thing, especially when you don't have a good understanding of someone or their inner-workings. It's the idea that if you're quiet and internal then there must be something wrong with you. You must be fixed! I just want to say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being who you are and loving that person. What we must do is educate others on the introverted mind by sharing information and breaking down those stereotypes and assumptions one step at a time.

If you're an introvert like me, you may have had similar experiences with being negatively labeled by others as mentioned above. Stay positive in thought and with the outcome you desire. I can honestly say that these stereotypes have followed me most of my life but I always handle situations with the utmost dignity and class. And when people actually get to know me, really know me; those negative stereotypes that they created in their minds melt away.

My hope for this blog is to open a dialogue so that others may gain a better understanding of the quiet mind. I look forward to discussing topics each week from the introverted perspective and sharing my life stories with you.

Until then,

The Quiet Thinker

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