The highly sensitive [introverted] tend to be philosophical or spiritual in their orientation, rather than materialistic or hedonistic. They dislike small talk. They often describe themselves as creative or intuitive. They dream vividly, and can often recall their dreams the next day. They love music, nature, art, physical beauty. They feel exceptionally strong emotions–sometimes acute bouts of joy, but also sorrow, melancholy, and fear. Highly sensitive people also process information about their environments–both physical and emotional–unusually deeply. They tend to notice subtleties that others miss–another person’s shift in mood, say, or a lightbulb burning a touch too brightly.
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
I am quiet, yes. It is a held truth.
However, I am also wild. I am also free.
My soul is fire; my mind embodies a storm.
My silence is a deafening scream.
I ache to be heard.
Not for fame, I’ve never enjoyed spotlights.
Most have missed the point of my silence.
I have lots to say, but one must ask the right questions.
Instructing an introvert to speak is as arrogant as demanding an extrovert to stop speaking. Embrace an individual for who they are; do not inflict change on a soul, do not force Chaos upon their being, allowing conflict to blossom where only peace should bloom. Love people as they are, where they are, for who they are.