I absolutely love today’s video and not just because I’m an introvert. . . I love it because it affirms who different way of being in the world, a way that varies from the exuberant, charismatic model we throw out so often as “THE WAY to be.” As a teacher, I value this. As a writer, I value this. As a human, I value this.

I urge us as a people to value our different ways of being in the world, to honor that some of us love going out and having a blast with a big group of people and to equally honor that some of us would rather sit and read a book or watch a movie with a friend nearby. I urge us to let our children be introverted, even while we still encourage them to be social. I urge us to honor our friends’ choices to be alone (oddly enough, I really need to learn this lesson more about my own friends. Finally, I urge us to honor these choices for ourselves, to recognize what we need and find that.

But Susan Cain says this so much better than I do, so please take 20 minutes and honor yourself with a gift of her words.

Are you introverted or extroverted? How do you value this personality trait in yourself? In others?