TED Talk : Susan Cain the power of introverts

Discussion in 'Other Hobbies, Interests & non Photography Related' started by Ahmad Bhai, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. Ahmad Bhai

    Ahmad Bhai Well-Known Member

    About a month ago i stumbled upon

    Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking: Amazon.co.uk: Susan Cain: Books
    in Smiths and for some reason bought it.


    This is Susan Cain's TED talk.

    Susan Cain: The power of introverts | Video on TED.com


    Pretty much describes me as a person and why i have always found "social interaction" apprehensive.
    Having been brought up on a diet of Benny Hill, Frankie Howard, Carry On ...
    i would have thought i would be fine, yet no its all a front from me to fit in, to be "social".

    This is the main reason i took a break from this forum. And still am uneasy. I get burnt out having to be this persona.
    As although this is the only place in a long while i have been my schoolboy, and the only place i have shared so many of my personal photos, and i like encouraging towards everyone else's photos, it is the "social interaction" element of this and most other forums that makes me apprehensive, and why i find it difficult to be out and about in the work place, "work do's" and "social" places.

    Often i feel many others are having to perpetuate this extrovert, matey, "social" persona even though they are naturally introverted quiet. It is a kind of defensive reaction to "social" pressure .. a social pressure which is perpetuated by "wearing hats".

    I quite understand why an introverted quiet soul as George Best drank so much just so he could cope with being in public, as i too am fine once i have downed a bottle or two. Having said there's always space for sillyness, if i couldn't have a balance meal of silly, naughty, fun, quiet, introspection, reflection, i would feel down, and the only persons i can be this way with are my two little nieces and my SWMBO's two little kids.
  2. Lesley Jones

    Lesley Jones Otherwise know as Zooey

    I think you'll find there are quite a few of us in here Ahmad - we don't have to BE anything other than ourselves and the only thing we have in common is our love of all things photographic. I've given up with any form of "do". I'm friendly at work with people who take the time to get to know me and I am very lucky in my new bosses. I have been bullied in the past and have been very unhappy. Otherwise I have no family or friends that I socialise with. Having said that, I do have some true animal loving friends found on the internet.

    I for one really missed having you in here, so forgive me for being selfish if I hope you stick around a bit more :)
  3. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    I second that Ahmad and I enjoy your company as well. I'm often not the most out-going person myself.
  4. Same here, Ahmad. I agree with Lesley and Pete.
  5. Davie Hudson

    Davie Hudson Well-Known Member

    hmmm i'm not so much introverted(not judging on the way I normally dress) but rather anti-social, I like spending time on my own and maybe that is an off shoot of being introverted

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