Introvert Guy Creates A List Of Top 10 Introvert Myths, Starts A Heated Discussion On The Internet
Being an introvert can be tough – most people assume you’re antisocial, shy or just plain rude. Carl King – an author, musician, and filmmaker – aims to change these stereotypes. “The problem is that labeling someone as an Introvert is a very shallow assessment,” says Carl.
Carl says he never expected 10 Myths About Introverts to go viral. “It was surreal to get emails from moms asking me for advice with their kids (I have no clue because I don’t have kids). Then there was the backlash, with people saying it’s all B.S. It seems like a polarizing topic that everyone can argue about. I was only writing about my own experience and glad it helped some people who identified with it,” said the author in an interview with Bored Panda. His article was read over 2 million times on his website.
Carl says he was inspired by the book called The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World, by Marti Laney, Psy.D. He says the book helped him redefine his entire life. “It hit me very hard. It was important for me to read because I was under a lot of pressure at the time to be an extrovert, and just felt like something was wrong with me. It was easy to blame myself because all the people around me in Los Angeles wanted non-stop stimulation and partying, always going out, or always having people over. I felt like they were always thinking, ‘What’s wrong with Carl?’ The truth is, I love socializing. But when I’ve had enough, I should feel OK going home,” shared Carl.
According to Laney’s book, being introverted may be genetically determined and explains how neuro-transmitters follow different dominant paths in the nervous systems of Introverts and Extroverts. “If the science behind the book is correct, it turns out that Introverts are people who are over-sensitive to Dopamine, so too much external stimulation overdoses and exhausts them,” says Carl. Although the book states that only about 25% of people are Introverts, Carl says even fewer are as extreme as he is. “This leads to a lot of misunderstandings,” shared the author.
Check out Carl’s thoughts paired with some nice illustrations in the gallery below!
Some people are praising the list
But others disagree