What it’s like being an introvert.My whole life I have been a woman of very few words. I never enjoyed engaging in conversation or interacting with large crowds of people, and I certainly did not enjoy participating in group and class discussions. I was also very quiet, and usually had nothing to say. And because I just sat there and merely listened, people always assumed that I was either really distracted, shy, or I just had no interest in the conversation. Now although these accusations were sometimes true, it was my personality that took prime control of it.  According to many theories of personality, everyone has some degree of both introversion and extraversion. However, people often tend to lean towards the side their personality prefers most. Introverts are more quiet and low key. Extroverts, on the other hand, energize by being around other people. Now these characteristics I just described to you do not necessarily equate with the person you may or not become, that, is up to you. It is also important to note that introversion does not necessarily correspond with shyness. Shyness indicates a fear of people or social situations. It is a trait that can be overcome. Introverts, on the other hand, simply do not prefer to spend most of their time interacting with others. Contrary to shyness, this is plainly part of being an introvert.Now being an introvert is not necessarily a bad thing. You would be surprised by the number of  people in this world who are. From former President Obama to Mark Zuckerberg, some of these industry movers and shakers will surprise you. Some other erratic surprises I thought would be interesting to share include Albert Einstein, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian.Some fictional characters in books and movies may act as introverts too. Characters like Superman, Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games, and Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby are great examples. Let’s take Gatsby for instance. He was a very rich man who threw really expensive parties. However, he didn’t care for the parties, but more so for the girl he was hoping would attend. Being an introvert may also affect your social status. In a recent study published in Psychological Science, research showed that impoverished extroverts spent more money on luxurious items in comparison to introverts, whose money was mostly spent on necessities. This is relevant, as it shows how extroverts value their social statuses more than introverts.Now these days things like how big or small your social circle is and how prominent you are on social media may greatly impact your social status too, and living as an introvert may sometimes add to the inconvenience. Being an introvert may separate you from the crowd, and make you, for example, more prone to bullies. Bullies tend to pick on the weak, as they are not going to pick on someone bigger or of a higher social status than themselves. So, in the final minutes that we have left, I’m going to tell you a story of a boy I knew in my teens. We were both in highschool, and we had met in science class. Lesley was his name. Now Lesley was a very intelligent man, by far the most brilliant in our class. He didn’t have many friends, but contrary to that, he had many bullies. His clothes were outdated, mostly off brand, and people chose to bully him for it. So one day, as we were conducting an experiment in class, the fire alarm went off. And although we all knew who the real culprit was, Lesley was blamed. Later that day, the boys who reported the incident as well as himself were sent to the office. The boys, to explain what they had supposedly seen, and Lesley to tell his side of the story. He however, being the introspective boy that he was, did not speak up, but fortunately for him, someone else did. Tracy Morgan, Lesley’s first and, to my knowledge, last love. The two dated throughout high school, but ended things when Lesley had to leave for an important scholarship out in Manitoba. They texted each other daily nevertheless, eventually broke things off. Now over the years, I have made close friends with Lesley, and in that time I learned that he had been studying all of Tracy’s likes and dislikes, as well as her new friend group and interests. I believe one day he will be ready to do more with that, but for now, this should suffice.Now by a show of hands, who thinks that Lesley is an introvert? And who thinks he is an extrovert? Well to answer that question, Lesley showed obvious signs of introversion. To start,  he was bullied for wearing outdated, off brand clothes, a good considered, by his classmates, a luxury. He was neither sociable nor outgoing, but made an exception for someone he had felt close to. And finally, Lesley carefully plans and studies his lover’s life before actually taking action. Through the story we can see how one’s social status can really be affected by their personality. A bad one may make you vulnerable to the world, while a good one may make you unsusceptible to it. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what it’s like being an introvert.


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